Investigating how species evolve and adapt to their changing environments
Research in this area examines the evolutionary processes that generate biodiversity. Natural selection is responsible for the differences we see between males and females, it drives speciation, and affects how species adapt to their environments. Through the Centre for Evolutionary Biology, we look at species from the tiniest single celled algae to large, multicellular organisms including humans. The Centre's research specialties include sexual selection, acoustic signaling, predator-prey interactions, visual ecology, sperm form and function, chemical ecology, population genetics, phylogenetic comparative analysis and the genetic mapping of complex traits. Our research is supported by strong partnerships with industry and government organizations such as the WA Museum and HELIX Molecular Solutions.
Human interference in the natural world, through habitat fragmentation, loss and climate change, continues to cause major environmental perturbations. Building upon our understanding of evolutionary processes, UWA’s multidisciplinary research seeks to understand how anthropogenic disturbance will affect evolutionary change in animals and plants.
Centre for Evolutionary Biology
The Centre for Evolutionary Biology is a UWA Centre of Excellence, delivering excellence in research and research training. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach to exploring selective processes acting on the morphological and life-history traits of whole organisms and their gametes.Find out more
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View a list of our current PhD research projects in Evolutionary Biology below.
Understanding sperm-egg interactions in broadcast spawning marine invertebrates
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Cooperative male dolphins match the tempo of each other's calls
A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol has found that when it comes to working together, male dolphins coordinate their behaviour just like us.Read more
Survival of Australian species hinges on working together
When faced with unfavourable environmental conditions, rodent species are likely to form social groups and work cooperatively, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.Read more
Like moths to a colourful flame
A nocturnal moth may be using its colourful wing patterns to attract a female mate, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia and the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland.Read more
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