Dr David Hosken in the lab working with dung flies

Dr David Hosken in the lab working with dung flies

Professor David Hosken
Professor of Evolutionary Biology


I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests, but I am primarily interested in sexual phenotypes particularly those associated with sexual selection and sexual conflict. I also work on the genetics of sexual selection, sperm competition, inbreeding, metabolism, and intra-locus sexual conflict. I am particularly interested in DDT-resistance alleles in Drosophila because of the the sexually antagonistic selection they generate. I am a member of the Evolution research group and am based in Cornwall.


1992 BSc University of Western Australia
1998 PhD University of Western Australia


2013 Zoological Society of London, Scientific Medal
2010-present Chair in Evolutionary Biology
2010-2014 Director of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation
2004-2010 Reader in Evolution, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
1999-2004 Assistant, Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1999 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Chicago, USA
1999 Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Konstanz, Germany
1997-1998 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 371843
AddressScience and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE
OfficeTop Floor

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