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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 11178 Citations
  • 58 h-Index
1992 …2022
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Personal profile

Biography

I received my PhD from Nottingham University in 1986 and held a series of postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Liverpool until 1995 when I moved to UWA. I received an ARC Federation Fellowship in 2004 and was elected to the Australian Academy in 2009. I am Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavioral Ecology, Editor of Advances in the Study of Behavior, and on the editorial board of Journal of Ethology.

My research uses both vertebrates and invertebrates to test the predictions and assumptions of theoretical models of sexual selection and life history evolution.
I currently hold two ARC Discovery Project grants that fund research into sperm competition and the evolution of multiple mating by females using insects, mice and frogs as model systems. I am also engaged in research on sexual selection on humans. Collectively, these research programs seek to determine the direction and strength of selection acting on male and female reproductive strategies, and on the morphological and life history traits that contribute to fitness, from the whole organism to its gametes. My lab currently hosts collaborative research programs involving 7 PhD students and 6 postdoctoral researchers, and has hosted research fellows from Sweden, Finland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Opportunities are available for researchers at all levels, and I encourage interested individuals to apply under the schemes outlined on our Courses page.

Coming Soon: Release date 23 August 2018

Sexual Selection: A Vert Short Introduction. By Marlene Zuk and Leigh W Simmons. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Research

Funding overview

Current Funding

ARC Discovery Project (2016-2019). Paternal effects: non-genetic inheritance via seminal fluid?

ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019). Evolution of the mammalian baculum.

Associate Investigator

ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

Teaching overview

Behavioural Ecology (ANIM3365)
Evolutionary Biology (ANIM5502)

Keywords

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Sperm competition
  • Sexual selection
  • Entomology
  • Insects
  • Evolutionary psychology

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Projects 1996 2022

Research Output 1992 2018

Mus musculus
sperm
testes
spermatozoa
social environment

A costly chemical trait: phenotypic condition dependence of cuticular hydrocarbons in a dung beetle

Berson, J. D. & Simmons, L. W., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dung beetles
hydrocarbons
beetle
hydrocarbon
Onthophagus taurus
Courtship
Gryllidae
cricket
courtship
antioxidant
5 Citations

Experimental manipulation reveals a trade-off between weapons and testes

Somjee, U., Miller, C., Tatarnic, N. J. & Simmons, L. W., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 31, 1, p. 57-65

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

weapon
trade-off
testes
legs
resource allocation

Impressions of sexual unfaithfulness and their accuracy show a degree of universality

Sutherland, C. A. M., Martin, L. M., Kloth, N., Simmons, L. W., Foo, Y. Z. & Rhodes, G., 1 Oct 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 10, e0205716

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Perception
prediction
Social Skills