Behaviour and Evolution (Pau Carazo’s research group) is part of the Ethology lab at Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (University of Valencia). We are generally interested in the evolution and function of behaviour, and in the role that behaviour plays as a spearhead of evolutionary change. Currently, our main line of research is on biotic and abiotic factors modulating the intensity of sexual selection and sexual conflict, and its consequences in terms of population viability.
We are driven more by the questions than by the use of a particular organism, so we work or have worked with a variety of systems. Our current main model organism for work on sexual conflict, kin selection, behavioural plasticity and ageing is the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). We also study Podarcis lizards, a fantastic system to ask questions about the evolution of communication. Our unit was set up in 2015, so we are young and enthusiastic!
García-Roa, R., Faria, G.S., Noble, D. & Carazo, P. 2021. EcoEvoRxiv, Preprint|Link.
Abalos, J. et al. 2020. Ecology & Evolution, 10, 10986-11005|Link.
Sultanova, Z., Downing, P. A. & Carazo, P. 2020. bioRxiv, Online|Link.
Faria, G., Gardner, A. & Carazo, P. 2020. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 4, 1141-1148|Link.
Font, E. & Carazo, P. 2020. Evolution and Human Behavior, Online|Link.
Sultanova, Z., García-Roa, R. & Carazo, P. 2020. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33, 1086-1096|Link.