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The energetic costs of sexually selected traits. Design by Anita Weissflog.
Sexual selection has long been defined in opposition to ecological selection, suggesting that such traits may limit or constrain ecological adaptation. However, sexual selection drives elaborate growth, enhances neuromuscular physiology, and shapes extreme diversification with clades. My research takes an integrative approach to understand the ways in which growth, selection, behavior, and phylogenic history shape the evolution of sexually selected traits.