Andrew Furness

Postdoctoral scholar

School of Environmental Sciences

University of Hull, UK


Welcome! I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the evolution of vertebrate reproductive mode. Across the tree of life there is a great deal of variation in life cycles, life histories, and reproductive strategies and I seek to explain this diversity in terms of selective pressures and ecological conditions. I work primarily with two groups of fishes in the Order Cyprinodontiformes that show remarkable reproductive adaptations: 1) African and South American killifish adapted to life in aquatic pools that completely dry out each year, and 2) live-bearing fishes in the family Poeciliidae that have evolved placentas.

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Hull. Here, in the lab of Isabella Capellini, I am researching the evolution of parental care. I was previously a NSF postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. My postdoctoral advisor was John Avise. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside under the guidance of David Reznick.