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

    6009 Perth


  • 36 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile


2017-present: Research Associate, UWA

2014-2017: 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:

(i) Characterising multivariate sexual selection on ejaculate traits
(ii) Describing the biochemical mechanisms underlying differential sperm chemotaxis
(iii) Uncovering patterns of gene expression that underpin these processes

Funding overview

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

Teaching overview

Guest Lecturer:
Sex in the Sea (BIOL5504)


My research focuses on sexual selection and the evolution of sperm-egg interactions. I am currently studying these processes in broadcast-spawning marine invertebrates, using a variety of experimental and molecular approaches. In particular, I am interested in patterns of multivariate selection on ejaculate traits, and gamete-level mate choice through the chemical attraction of sperm by eggs (sperm chemotaxis). I am also exploring the molecular processes controlling sperm behaviour and function.

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Research Output

  • 36 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
  • Open Access
  • Multivariate Sexual Selection on Ejaculate Traits under Sperm Competition

    Lymbery, R. A., Kennington, W. J. & Evans, J. P., 6 Apr 2018, In : American Naturalist. 192, 1, p. 1-11

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Sperm competition and gamete interactions in a marine broadcast spawner

    Lymbery, R. A., 2018, (Unpublished)

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

  • 324 Downloads (Pure)

    Egg chemoattractants moderate intraspecific sperm competition

    Lymbery, R. A., Kennington, W. & Evans, J. P., Dec 2017, In : Evolution Letters. 1, 6, p. 317–327

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access