Luis M. San Jose

Ecology and Evolution of animal colouration

I am an evolutionary biologist and ecologist, interested in how evolution has shaped the impressive diversity of colours that animals display. I focus on how this diversity of colours arises at the level of single populations and how selection acts on such diversity, studying distinct group of animals, such as birds and my beloved lizards. My research addresses questions ranging from the genetic and environmental factors that produce colour differences between individuals to how the physical and social environment favours particular colourations. I take advantage of tools from different disciplines, including quantitative genetics, genomics, endocrinology, nutritional sciences, ecomorphology, and ethology.