19.01.2018

Fromhage Lutz, Academy Research Fellow

Biosciences
Fromhage Lutz, Academy Research Fellow
Room:
YAC 415.1

Teaching

  • Population ecology modelling
  • Evolutionary ecology modelling
  • Evolution of life histories

Research

  • Research interests: Biological phenomena are often too complex to understand in intuitive terms alone. Theoretical biology aims to explain or predict such phenomena using mathematical or computational models. I use this approach to study the evolutionary causes and consequences of reproductive traits (mating strategies, sex allocation, morphology, parental care) and the evolution of cooperation.
  • Why and to whom my research is important
    • While the process of evolution by natural selection is well understood at a general level, many open questions remain about the particular circumstances which favour the evolution of particular traits. Examples from my own research include traits such as cooperation, parental care, mate choice, sex allocation, sperm competition, sexual cannibalism, mimicry, senescence, immunity, and the placebo effect. By answering such questions, evolutionary theory helps us to see structure and logic in the otherwise confusing diversity of life. Sometimes this can be truly eye-opening, and may then contribute to positive attitudes towards science and technology in general. Evolutionary theory is also relevant to many practical problems related to health, agriculture, use of natural resources, and conflict management. After all, we as humans are ourselves a product of evolution, as are our food sources, pathogens, and any other species that matter to us.
  • More information: Research information (ResearchGate)

Publications