Rowan Lymbery

Dr, PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


2021-present: Research Associate, UWA

2020: Principle Biologist, Bennelongia Environmental Consultants

2018-2020: Research Associate, UWA

2014-2018: PhD in Evolutionary Biology, UWA

2013: Biologist, Bennelongia Environmental Consultants

2009-2012: BSc (Hons) in Zoology, UWA

Roles and responsibilities

Key roles of current research position:

Conducting research relating to the adaptive outcomes of ejaculate-mediated paternal effects on offspring fitness. Skills include planning multi-generation experiments, gamete collections and analysis, artificial insemination, RNA and DNA methylation sequencing, statistical analyses, bioinformatics, scientific writing, co-supervising Honours and PhD students.

Funding overview

2020: Syracuse University Postdoctoral Fellowship (impacted by COVID19 pandemic).

2018: UWA School of Biological Sciences Strategic Funding, “Developing collaborations to explore the links between mitochondrial inheritance and sexual selection” 

2017: Australasian Evolution Society student conference grant, supporting oral presentation at AES 2017 conference.

2015: Australasian Evolution Society Student Award supporting oral presentation place at Behaviour 2015 conference.

2014: Bruce and Betty Green Postgraduate Research Top-Up Scholarship.

2014: Hackett Postgraduate Scholarship.

2012: Hackett Foundation Alumni Honours Scholarship.

Teaching overview

Guest Lecturer and Module Coordinator:
Sex in the Sea (BIOL5504)

Unit Demostrator: 
Behavioural Ecology (ANIM3365)


My research focuses on sexual selection, the evolution of sperm-egg interactions, and parental effects on offspring fitness. I am currently studying these processes in live-bearing fish (guppies), fruit flies, and broadcast-spawning marine invertebrates, using a variety of experimental and molecular approaches. In particular, I am interested in ejaculate-mediated paternal effects, environmental effects on gametes, multivariate selection on ejaculate traits and gamete-level mate choice via chemical attraction of sperm by eggs (sperm chemotaxis). I am also exploring the molecular processes controlling sperm behaviour and function.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • Sexual selection
  • Sperm competition
  • Gamete evolution
  • Parental effects
  • Multivariate selection
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Cryptic female choice


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