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Bruno Buzatto

  • PhD in Animal Biology
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • The Univeristy of Western Australia
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Recent publications

  • Morph-specific artificial selection reveals a constraint on the evolution of polyphenisms

    • Buzatto B
    • Clark H
    • Tomkins J
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  • Population density mediates the interaction between pre- and postmating sexual selection

    • Mccullough E
    • Buzatto B
    • Simmons L
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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Univeristy of Western Australia

February 2013 - Present


PhD in Evolutionary Biology

The University of Western Australia

March 2009 - January 2013(4 years)

Master of Ecology

Federal University of Technology - UTFPR

March 2006 - March 2008(2 years)

Bachelor in Biological Sciences

Federal University of Technology - UTFPR

March 2001 - June 2005(4 years)

Licentiate in Biological Sciences

State University of Campinas Department of Architecture and Buildings

March 2001 - June 2005(4 years)

Research interests

Insects/arachnids mating systems Alternative mating tactics Phenotypic plasticity Polyphenisms Parental care Sexual selection


I am originally from Brazil, where I did my Bachelor of Science and my Master of Science degrees. I moved to Perth to start my PhD at the Centre for Evolutionary Biology (University of Western Australia) in 2009. I finished that degree in 2013, and started working as a Postdoc Research Associate at the same university. Currently, my main research interest is male dimorphism, a phenomenon that often reflects alternative reproductive tactics among males: the large male morphs typically guard females or reproductive territories and have more elaborate weaponry; the small male morphs sneak copulations and have reduced weaponry. Male dimorphism is particularly common among arthropods, and usually results from a polyphenism: the differential expression of alternative phenotypes from a single genotype depending upon environmental conditions. I have been investigating several questions about polyphenic male dimorphism with experiments using mites, harvestmen, and dung beetles. My interest in the evolution of alternative mating tactics and male dimorphism led me into the topic of phenotypic plasticity. Therefore, in the last 5 years, part of my research has focused on threshold traits (polyphenisms), usually from a quantitative genetics perspective. Moreover, I am also interested in the behavioral ecology of insects and arachnids, especially their reproductive biology. My research includes the evolution of parental care, mating systems, sperm competition, and social behavior.

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