Pizzari Group

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Pizzari Group

About the Group

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in sexual behaviour and strategies, their underpinning mechanisms, functional significance, and applied implications. Our group focuses on resolving different aspects of sexual selection, sexual conflict and promiscuity using a strongly experimental approach. Most of our empirical work is based on captive populations of red junglefowl, Gallus gallus, the wild ancestor of the domestic chicken.


Professor Tommaso Pizzari

Dr Grant McDonald

DPhil: Rosie Eccleston, Heather Kazara, Allison Roth, Romulo Carleial, Marie-Claire Koschowitz, Ben Hopkins, Liisa Veerus, Yunke Wang, Ellen Pasternack, Danielle Edmunds 

Recent Publications

McDonald GC, Pizzari T 2017 Structure of sexual networks determines the operation of sexual selection. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA , 115, E53-E61.

Firman RC, Gasparini C, Manier MK, Pizzari T 2017 Postmating Female Control: 20 Years of Cryptic Female Choice. Trends Ecol. Evol. 5, 368-382.

Carazo P, Tan CKW, Allen F, Wigby S, Pizzari T 2014 Within-group male relatedness reduces harm to females in Drosophila. Nature, 505, 672–675.

Collet J, Worley K, Richardson DS, Pizzari T 2012 The differential effect of polyandry on sexual selection. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109, 8641–8645.

Dean R, Cornwallis CK, Løvlie H, Worley K, Richardson DS, Pizzari T 2010 Male reproductive senescence causes potential for sexual conflict over mating. Curr. Biol. 20, 1192–1196.