Dr. Tobias Uller

Dr. Tobias Uller

Dr. Tobias Uller


Name: Dr. Tobias Uller
Position: Departmental Lecturer in Animal Diversity
Email: tobias.uller@zoo.ox.ac.uk


I graduated in Animal Ecology at Göteborg University, Sweden, in 2000, went on to do a PhD in 2001 and finished in 2004. Between 2005 and 2007 I was a Wenner-Gren Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where I continued to work on the evolutionary ecology of lizards and amphibians with a specific focus on sex allocation, sex determination, and maternal effects. I joined the EGI and the University of Oxford in late 2007 when taking up a Departmental Lectureship in Animal Diversity.


My research focuses on the links between phenotypic plasticity and ecological and evolutionary processes. Recent topics include (i) evolution of sex-determining systems; (ii) evolutionary implications of non-genetic inheritance and maternal effects, and (iii) the evolutionary ecology of mating systems and social behaviour. Most empirical projects involve field- and lab-based studies of Australian and European lizards. My research is currently funded by the FP-7, the Australian Research Council and the British Ecological Society.


I am a Wenner-Gren Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow. I received the 2009 Christopher Barnard Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Young Investigator.


Uller, T. & Helanterä, H. 2014. Heredity in evolutionary theory. In Challenges to Evolutionary Biology: Development and Heredity (eds. P. Huneman & D. Walsh), Oxford University Press, forthcoming

Uller, T.., Nakagawa, S. & English, S. 2013. Weak evidence for anticipatory parental effects in plants and animals. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:2161-2170

Uller, T. 2012. Parental effects in development and evolution. In Evolution of Parental Care (eds. N. Royle, P. Smiseth & M. Kölliker), Oxford University Press

Laland, K.N., Sterelny, K., Odling-Smee, J., Hoppitt, W. & Uller, T. 2011. Cause and effect in biology revisited: Is Mayr’s proximate-ultimate distinction still useful? Science 334:1512-1516

Horvathova, T., Nakagawa, S. & Uller, T. 2011. Strategic female investment in relation to male attractiveness in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 272:163-170

Uller, T., While, G. M., Cadby, C., Harts, A., O’Connor, K., Pen, I. & Wapstra, E. 2011. Altitudinal divergence in maternal thermoregulatory behaviour may be driven by differences in selection on offspring survival in a viviparous lizard. Evolution 65:2313-2324

Uller, T. & Helanterä, H. 2011. From the origin of sex-determining factors to the evolution of sex-determining systems. Quarterly Review of Biology 86:163-180

Uller, T. & Pen, I. 2011. A theoretical model of the evolution of maternal effects under parent-offspring conflict. Evolution 65:2075-2084

Shea, N., Pen I. & Uller, T. 2011. Three epigenetic information channels and their different roles in evolution. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1178-1187

Olsson, M., Wapstra, E., Schwartz, T., Madsen, T., Ujvari, B., Uller, T. 2011. In hot pursuit: Fluctuating mating system and sexual selection in sand lizards. Evolution 65: 574-585

Pen, I., Uller, T., Feldmeyer, B., Harts, A., While, G. M. & Wapstra, E. 2010. Climate-driven population divergence in sex-determining systems. Nature 468: 436-439

Cornwallis, C.K. & Uller, T. 2010. Towards an evolutionary ecology of sexual traits. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25: 145-152

Badyaev, A. V & Uller, T. 2009. Parental effects in ecology and evolution: Mechanisms, processes, and implications. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 364: 1169-1177

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