Ingo Schlupp (PI): I am broadly interested in Ecology and Evolution. In particular, I want to understand some of the old, deep puzzles in Evolution, such as the Evolution of Meiosis, Speciation, and Large Scale Biogeography. Most of my work uses livebearing fishes as model organisms.

Current Position:

Presidential Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma

Recent Honors:

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011)

Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professorship (2012)

National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences (2013)

DAAD Research Ambassador(2015)


Published >160 peer reviewed papers, in addition to several book-chapters, and a book. Journals include Nature, Science, PNAS, Current Biology, Biology Letters, Ecology Letters, Evolution, Ecology, Animal Behaviour, Annual Reviews, Scientific Reports. Over 5000 citations, H-Index is 41. Laboratory and field experience in several countries.

Recent Funding:

NSF “Evolutionary ecology of a cave dwelling Poeciliid fish:

the roles of darkness and toxic sulfur” (PI) (2008)

NSF “Emergent Hierarchies of Leaders in Multi-Robot Systems” (Co PI) (2011)

NSF “Task Specific Group Size Adaptation in Multi-Robot Systems” (Co PI) (2016)

NSF “The origin of reproductive parasitism in the Amazon Molly” (PI) (2020)

Past Leadership Experience :

Assistant Chair of Biology, Committee A of the College of Arts and Science, Chair of multiple committees, Associate Dean for Research.


Biostatistics, Animal Behavior, Animal Communication, Tropical Ecology (Field course in Ecuador and Cuba), Cornerstone (a research-based course).


More than ninety public scientific lectures.

Check out the blog I regularly contribute to:


Associate Editor for Acta Ethologica (until 2013) and SWAN, started a conference series: Conference for Poeciliid Biologists, Co-organizer of the Evolution 2011 Conference in Norman (>1100 participants), Faculty in Residence from 2012 – 2015.

Here is a link to my current CV as pdf: IngoschluppCVEpluspubs.

Rodet Rodriguez Silva (PhD student): My research interests are the study of ecology, evolution, and biogeography of Antillean livebearing fishes (Poeciliidae).  Particularly, my current project is focused on ecological mechanisms that influence the speciation of livebearing fishes in the Greater Antilles.

Trai Spikes (PhD student): I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oklahoma. I work with livebearing fishes to answer questions related to sexual selection and ecology. Currently, I am focused on understanding the evolution of mate preferences in Limia, a group of livebearing fishes endemic to the Caribbean. I also work with sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna) to understand how perceived status influences pre/post-copulatory mate preferences. For more information about me and my work, check out my website.