Professor Tommaso Pizzari

Research Interests

I am interested in the evolutionary ecology of sexual behaviour, and most of my work focuses on resolving different aspects of sexual selection and intersexual coevolution, using the fowl, Gallus gallus, as a model species which enables me to use a combination of experimental work, and physiological and molecular tools. 


Additional Information

I have served on the NERC Peer review panel, the ASAB council grant committee, the BOU council, as well as on the editorial boards of several journals including American Naturalist, Animal Behaviour and Proceedings of the Royal Society B. I was awarded the ASAB Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2005, and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2008, and the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London in 2015.

Selected Publications

Carazo, P., Tan, C. K. W., Allen, F., Wigby, S., Pizzari, T. 2014. Within-group male relatedness reduces harm to females in Drosophila. Nature 505, 672–675.

Collet, J., Richardson, D.S., Worley, K., Pizzari, T. 2012. Sexual selection and the differential effect of polyandry. PNAS 109, 8641-8645.

Pizzari, T. & Gardner, A. 2012. The sociobiology of sex: inclusive fitness consequences of inter-sexual interactions. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B 367, 2314-2323.

Dean, R., Cornwallis, C.K., Lovlie, H., Worley, K., Richardson, D.S., Pizzari, T. 2010. Male reproductive senescence causes potential for sexual conflict over mating. Curr. Biol. 20, 1192-1196.

Pizzari, T. & Foster, K.R. 2008. Sperm sociality: cooperation, altruism, and spite. PLoS Biology 6, e130.

Lovlie, H., Cornwallis, C.K., Pizzari, T. 2005. Male mounting alone reduces female promiscuity in the fowl. Curr. Biol. 15, 1222-1227.

Pizzari T., Cornwallis C.K., Løvlie H., Jakobsson S., Birkhead T.R. 2003. Sophisticated sperm allocation in male fowl. Nature 426, 70-74. 

Birkhead T. R. & Pizzari T. 2002 Postcopulatory sexual selection. Nature Rev. Genet. 3, 262-273.

Pizzari T. & Birkhead T. R. 2000. Female feral fowl eject sperm of subdominant males. Nature 405, 787 – 789.

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