The main focus of my research is sexual selection, especially its evolutionary-genetic background. This requires understanding mechanisms maintaining genetic variance for fitness. Mutations and genes interacting with parasites, such as MHC genes, are important sources of genetic variation which are the focus of my research. Evolution of MHC genes and their role in biological conservation has become another important area of my research.
Current projects of my team include:
Genomics of alternative mating tactics in two species of acarid mites: Rhizolgyphus robini and R. echinopus
The impact of deleterious mutations on sexual colouration in the guppy Poecillia reticulata
The role of sexual selection in adaptation to high temperature in Drosophila simulans (with David Hosken and Nina Wedell, University of Exeter)
The role of MHC in mate choice in brown bear (with Jon Swenson, Pierre Taberlet and Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project team)
The role of MHC in mate choice and conservation the ornate dragon Ctenophorus ornatus (with Natasha LeBas, University of Western Australia)
* I am also still affiliated with Jagiellonian University, Krakow