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Welcome to the Stuart-Fox Lab

Chamelon face (2)How do new species evolve? What are the processes that generate and maintain the remarkable diversity we see in nature? These are the questions that motivate the research in our group. We focus on colour and behaviour because they are fundamental to survival and reproduction.

Within this theme, research in our group has addressed a range of topics including the adaptive significance and evolution of colour change; the evolution and maintenance of colour polymorphism and its role in speciation; how the environment affects the evolution of visual signals; the evolution of female ornamentation; the dynamics of contest behaviour; and the evolution of reproductive strategies and multiple mating.

To address our research questions, we use a combination of field-based behavioural observations, lab-based experimental manipulation, models of animal colour vision, phylogenetic comparative methods and molecular techniques. Our research is interdisciplinary and we have many collaborators with expertise in other fields including genetics, endocrinology, eco-physiology and biophysics. We focus on reptiles, but have also dabbled in research on squid and fish. Click on the sliders above for examples of our research, or visit our Research page.

Header images: Tambako the Jaguar; Mark Norman; Brian Gratwicke; PuppiesAreProzac; Sid Mosdell (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence)
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