Jon Evans

Professor, BSc Liv. PhD St And.

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 3918 Citations
  • 37 h-Index

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Personal profile


1994-1997 BSc in Marine Biology (Hons), University of Liverpool, UK

1997-2001: PhD in Evolutionary Biology, University of St Andrews, UK

2001-2003: Marie Curie Independent Research, University of Padova, Italy

2003-2006: ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, UWA

2006-2010: ARC QEII Fellowship, UWA

2011-2012: Senior Lecturer, UWA

2012-: Associate Professor, UWA

Roles and responsibilities

Co-Chair of School of Biological Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee

Member of Science Education Committee

Funding overview

Current funding:

ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019) 'Mechanisms underlying chemical signalling in the sea'

ARC Discovery Project (2015-2017) ‘The dynamics of sexual selection on gametes in a broadcast spawner’

Previous funding:

ARC Discovery Project (2012-2014) 'Integrating pre- and postcopulatory sexual selection'

ARC Discovery Grant (2011-2013) ‘Assessing conservation genetic approaches for understanding inbreeding depression’

ARC Discovery Grant (2007-2010) ‘Sources of genetic and phenotypic variation in sexual selection’

ARC Discovery Grant & QEII Fellowship (2006-2010) ‘Postcopulatory sexual selection and intraspecific variation in sperm competition traits’

ARC Discovery Grant & APD Fellowship (2003-2006)
‘Female roles during postcopulatory sexual selection’

Previous positions

Editorial Board Member, Proceedings of the Royal Society London B (2010-2015)

Consulting Editor, Animal Behaviour (2005-2008)

Teaching overview

Behavioural Ecology (ANIM3365)
Evolutionary Processes (ANIM3362)
Field Studies in Zoology (ANIM2209)
Darwinian Revolution (ANIM1001)
Sex in the Sea (BIOL5504)


My research focuses primarily on sexual selection and evolution in natural and laboratory populations of freshwater fishes and marine invertebrates, but I also continue to expand my research foci to include new model systems (e.g. amphibians, mammals, elasmobranchs) and research directions. Current research projects are funded primarily through two ARC grants focusing on the genetic and environmental basis for linking pre- and postcopulatory episodes of sexual selection, inbreeding, the evolution of sperm-egg interactions in broadcast spawning invertebrates, and behavioural ecology in guppies.

Key research interests:

Sexual Selection
Sperm Competition
Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics

Research expertise keywords

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Fish biology and behaviour
  • Sperm competition
  • Genital evolution
  • Gamete evolution
  • Mating systems

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Research Output

Assessing the potential for post-ejaculatory female choice in a polyandrous beach-spawning fish

Orbach, D. N., Rooke, A. C., Evans, J. P., Pitcher, T. E. & Purchase, C. F., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 33, 4, p. 449-459 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Dietary stress increases the total opportunity for sexual selection and modifies selection on condition-dependent traits

    Cattelan, S., Evans, J. P., Garcia-Gonzalez, F., Morbiato, E. & Pilastro, A., 1 Mar 2020, In : Ecology Letters. 23, 3, p. 447-456 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Egg-induced changes to sperm phenotypes shape patterns of multivariate selection on ejaculates

    Hadlow, J. H., Evans, J. P. & Lymbery, R. A., 1 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 33, 6, p. 797-807

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Extensive geographical variation in testes size and ejaculate traits in a terrestrial-breeding frog

    Rudin-Bitterli, T. S., Mitchell, N. J. & Evans, J. P., 30 Sep 2020, In : Biology Letters. 16, 9, 20200411.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Geographic variation in adult and embryonic desiccation tolerance in a terrestrial-breeding frog

    Rudin-Bitterli, T. S., Evans, J. P. & Mitchell, N. J., 1 Jun 2020, In : Evolution. 74, 6, p. 1186-1199

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Projects


  • Courses

    Behavioural Ecology

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