Department of Biological Sciences
|Department of Biological Sciences |
Faculty of Science
Macquarie University NSW 2109
I am broadly interested in the evolution and ecology of sexual reproduction. My research blends quantitative genetics, developmental biology, physiology and behavioural ecology and addresses questions relating to the evolution of mating strategies, contest behaviour, mate choice and sexual signalling. I choose model organisms appropriate to answering these questions, and have worked particularly with butterflies, wasps, flies and guppies. I use a range of observational and experimental methods designed to test theoretical hypotheses, and incorporate quantitative genetics and interdisciplinary conceptual perspectives (i.e., life history perspectives of sexual selection) to illuminate the evolution of sexual traits and behaviours.
Specific (interrelated) research themes:
Kemp DJ (2008) Resource-mediated condition dependence in sexually dichromatic butterfly wing colouration. Evolution 62: 2346-2358
Kemp DJ, Reznick DN, Grether GF (2008) Ornamental evolution in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata): insights from sensory processing-based analyses of entire color patterns. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 95: 734-747
Kemp DJ (2008) Female mating biases for bright ultraviolet iridescence in the butterfly Eurema hecabe (Pieridae). Behavioral Ecology 19: 1-9.
Kemp DJ, Rutowski RL (2007) Condition-dependence, quantitative genetics and the potential signal content of iridescent ultraviolet butterfly coloration. Evolution 61: 168-183.
Kemp DJ (2007) Female butterflies prefer males bearing bright iridescent ornamentation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B) 274: 1043-1047.
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