The Rowe Lab

We are interested in evolutionary ecology. Particular areas of research include:

  • The evolution of sexual dimorphism
  • Sexual selection and sexual conflict
  • The evolution of life history traits

We tend to focus on insects, but often include other groups. Current research includes studies on fruit flies, water striders, backswimmers, guppies and newts. Past research has included bruchid beetles, ladybird beetles, carrion flies, ambush bugs, antler flies, dragonflies, damselflies and dace. Approaches centre on whole organism field and lab experiments, but also include quantitative genetics, developmental genetics, gene expression analyses, comparative studies and the development of new theory.