Professor David Hosken
Professor of Evolutionary Biology

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

Leverhulme Reseach Fellowship (2015/16)

Zoological Society of London, Scientific Medal (2013) (winners annouced)

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1999)

Janice Klummp Award (1994)

Aubery Nicholls Prize (1992)

Committee/panel activities

2014-15. NERC Core Panel Member.

2012-2014. NERC Peer Review College

2012. College of Reviewers Canada Research Chairs.

2011/12. Evaluator Romanian National Council for Research and Development

2011-15. The Royal Society, International Exchanges Scheme.

2011. The Royal Society, International Travel Grants Committee.

2009-13. Genetics Society Committee.

2008-11. NERC Peer Review College.

2010. External Assessor of Staff, Institute of Zoology, London.

2010. Professorial Promotion Assessor, University of Toronto.

2008. External Assessor of Programmes for the Foundation for Polish Science.

2007. External Assessor of Staff for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Centre.

Editorial responsibilities

2015- Editorial Board, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology

2010- Associate Editor, Ecology Letters.

2010-2013. Editor, Genetics Society Newsletter

2009-2011. Associate Editor, Evolutionary Ecology.

2008-2009. Editorial Board PLoSOne

2008- Editorial Board, Journal of Ethology.

2006-2008. Editor, Animal Behaviour.

2005. Special Issue Editor, The American Naturalist.

2004-2011. Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Invited lectures

Plenary-Keynote address

2013: Biology of Sperm Meeting, University of Sheffield, UK, “Sperm: something old, something new”.

2011: British Andrological Society 2011, University of Birmingham, UK "Sperm and Sperm Competition: Where are we now?"

2009: Association for the Study of Behaviour Summer Conference 2009 - The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex - Oxford, UK, “Sexual selection and sexual conflict”.

2008: 14th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB), Einsiedeln, Switzerland, “Sexual selection and sexual conflict in flies.

2008: Annual Meeting of the Royal Dutch Zoological Society 2008, Amsterdam “Sexual selection in flies”.

2007: ProReTee, Konnevesi, Finland “Sexual selection in flies”.

2007: Centre for Excellence - The young & high demand patient. Zurich, Switzerland, “Why we age”.

2006: 25th Ethological Conference of Japan, Okayama, Japan, "Sexual selection & sexual conflict"


2008: Paul Ward Memorial Symposium, University of Zürich Switzerland.

2006: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Easter Conference, Norwich UK.

2003: 9th European Society for Evolutionary Biology Congress, Co-Host Sexual Conflict Symposium, Leeds, UK.

2002: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Sexual Conflict Workshop, Tovetorp, Sweden.

2002: Sperm Competition Workshop, Freiburg, Germany.

2001: 8th European Society for Evolutionary Biology Congress, Aarhus, Denmark.

2001: Swiss Zoological Society, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

1998: 7th International Behavioral Ecology Congress, Monterey, USA.

1998: Swiss Zoological Society, Geneva, Switzerland.


2011: Department of Biology, University of Nottingham, UK.

2011: Konrad Lorenz Insitute of Ethology, Vienna, Austria

2009: Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Edinburgh, UK.

2009: Department of Plant & Animal Sciences, Sheffield, UK.

2006: Department of Genetics, Cambridge, UK.

2006: Department of Ecology & Evolution, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2005: Ecology Department, University of Bern, Switzerland.

2005: Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter, Tremough, UK.

2004: Department of Ecology & Environmental Science, Umea University, Sweden.

2004: Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK.

2004: Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

2004: Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy

2003: Experimental Ecology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

2003: Institute for Biology, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany.

2002: Biology Department, Syracuse University, USA.

2002: Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

2001: Freitag Seminar, University of Zürich, Switzerland.

2001: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany.

2001: Ecology Department, Bern, Switzerland.

2000: Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

1998: NLU, University of Basel, Switzerland.

1998: Evolutionary Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany.

1997: BEES Seminar, University of Zürich, Switzerland.

1996: Zoology Department, University of Western Australia.

1996: Animal Sciences, University of Western Australia.


2012: The Excellence Awards, Cornwall 2012, University of Exeter, UK .

2011: Science in the Square (Public Engagement Event), Cornwall UK .

2008: Cornish Humanists, Chacewater Village, Cornwall UK.

2007: Café Scientific, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Media Coverage

Editors Choice. 'Evolution of testis size'. Science 291:1159. (2001)

Dispatch:- Snook R.R. 'Sexual selection: conflict, kindness and chicanery'. Curr Biol11:R337-R341. (2001)

BiomedNet News. J. Clayton. 'Big really is better'. (2001)

Neue Zurcher Zeitung# 176 (2/8/01), Forshung pp. 11:- G. Klaus. 'Das Rennen um die Eizelle'. (Translation: 'The race for the egg').

Tages-Anzeiger(30/5/02), Wissen pp. 44: 'Der unerbittliche Kampf der Geschlechter'. (Translation: 'The relentless battle of the sexes')

News & Views:- Tregenza T. Evolution: 'The battle between the sexes'. Nature 423:929-930. (2003)

Tages-Anzeiger(26/6/03), Wissen pp. 64: 'Der Kampf der Geschlechter'. (Translation: 'The battle of the sexes')

Wissehschaft-online. A. Findeklee. 'Fremde Manner? Nein, danke.' (2003). (Translation: 'Foreign males? No thanks').

ScienceNow. A. Sreenivasan. 'Picky females may drive speciation'. (2003).

Spiegel Online. 'Wahlerische Weibchen schaffen neue Spezies'. (2003). (Translation: 'Choosy females produce new species')

BiomedNet News. H. Nicholls. 'The shape of things to come'. (2003)

BBC4 documentary "The Great Sperm Race" Mon 8 Dec 2003, 21:30 - 22:30

News & Views in Brief:- Whitfield J. Evolutionary Biology: 'Sexual conflict costs'. Nature427:27. (2004)

Dispatch:- Gage M. Evolution: 'Sexual arms races'. Curr Biol14:R378-R380. (2004).

Dispatch:- Pizzari T. Evolution: 'Sperm ejection near and far'. Curr Biol14:R511-R513. (2004).

The Comparative Method (pp. 265-268) In: Evolutionary Analysis (2nd edition), Freeman S. & Herron J.C. Prentice Hall, New Jersey, USA.

New Scientist. J Pickrell. 'Winners come last in sperm wars' (2006)

The Independent (21/10/06), pp 21: 'Last sperm best for reproduction'.

LiveScience. J. Bryner. 'Successful sex strategy: be last in line'. (2006)

People's Daily Online 'Last guy in line gets a baby'

Fox News 'Study: Last in line sexually often first in fertilization'

Ipswich Evening Star (20/10/06), pp 5: 'Scientists claim: you can't hurry love'.

Western Daily Press (Bristol) (20/10/06), pp 19: 'It's worth the wait'.

Argus Lite (Brighton) (20/10/06), pp 12: 'Last male in the mating line may be the luckiest'.

Press & Journal (Aberdeen) (20/10/06), pp 14: 'Wait pays off'.

Nottingham Evening Post (20/10/06), pp 8: 'Wait-to-mate secret'.

Metro London (20/10/06), pp 29: 'Waiting pays when mating'.

Atlantic FM (20/11/07) Interview re 'Attractive males sire attractive sons'

BBC Radio Cornwall (22/11/07) Interview re 'Attractive males sire attractive sons'

Medical Breakthroughs (Ivanhoe) 'Thanks Dad: attractiveness is heredity'

InTheNews 'In the genes'

eBiologyNews 'Sexy dads produce sexy sons: Research'

The Indian News 'Sexy dads produce sexy sons'

LifeScientist 'Attractiveness is heredity, Dad says'

Softpedia 'Sexy males father sexy sons! - Male attractiveness is heredity'

GeneticArchaeology 'Like father, like son: attractiveness is heredity'

DNA India 'Sexy fathers have sexy sons'

Mumbai News 'Sexy fathers have sexy sons'

CBC News 'Fly dads sire sexy sons'

NERC News 'Like father, like sons attractiveness is hereditary'

Workshops/Conferences organised

17th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB), 2013, Falmouth, UK.

European Social Fund 2010, Falmouth UK; Meeting Organiser

Royal Entomological Society 2008, Plymouth UK: Symposium Co-organiser.

European Society for Evolutionary Biology 2007, Uppsala, Sweden: Symposium Co-organiser.

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Easter Meeting 2007, Tremough, UK: Organiser Student Workshop.

European Society for Evolutionary Biology 2003, Leeds, UK: Symposium Co-organiser.

International Society for Behavioral Ecology 2000, Zürich, Switzerland: Co-organisation of Poster Sessions.

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