Research Approach

We currently develop a line of evolutionary ecology coastal research according to our research interests and expand recent and ongoing projects to study the links between individual behaviour, individual properties and reaction norms, population ecology, and the biotic and abiotic environmental context. We always put an emphasis on trying to relate experimental empirical approaches in studying animal evolutionary ecology to conceptual backgrounds and to complement studies in the natural habitat and mesocosms with applications in the laboratory.

Our research questions belong to four areas: (1) within and between population and community interactions and dynamics with a focus on effects and responses to environmental gradients and (anthropogenically) altered contexts, (2) plasticity of individual reproductive decisions, mate choice, life-history trajectories, pace of life reaction norms and behavioral syndromes and its population level evolutionary consequences studied in a coastal and estuarine fish. (3) A future interest of mine is to expand our work to address consequences of artificial human-induced environmental alterations (anthropogenic noise, turbidity, microplastics, pharmaceuticals) on mating and reproduction and its ecological and evolutionary consequences. (4) As an extension of our recent projects on filial cannibalism and trade-offs in gonadal investment and the effect of salinity on infections and pathogens, I would be interested in establishing new collaborations on understanding mechanisms of infections in interactions between parent, offspring, and microbes and male accessory gland activity as a potential counter-adaptation under varying environmental conditions and climatic gradients.