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 >150 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 4000 citations, H-Index is 37. 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)

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 Biology Field course in Ecuador, Cornerstone (a research based course).


More than eighty 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.






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 speciation of livebearing fishes in the Greater Antilles.







Trai Spikes (PhD student): I am most interested in the evolution of complex mating behaviors such as male-mate preferences and discrimination within livebearing fishes. Historically, female mate choice and male competition have been described as the primary driving force behind sexual selection, with few studies addressing male mating preferences. My study aims to not only compare the phenomenon in multiple species of poeciliids but also describe the evolutionary history of male preference within the family. By understanding the selection pressures that defined these traits, we may develop a more inclusive and accurate definition of sexual selection.