Ian Skicko
PhD Student


My interest in scientific research began at the University of Edinburgh where I completed my BSc in Zoology. During this time I developed an interest in animal behaviour and sexual selection, leading me to undertake an MRes programme in animal behaviour at the University of Nottingham. My thesis, “Multimodal Signaling and Performance Capacity during Agonistic Interactions in the Flat-Horned Hissing Cockroach” combined morphological, physiological and behavioral approaches to investigate the extent to which single traits send multiple items of information during male contests in this species.  

My main research interests are in animal communication and decision making during intraspecific interactions including the relative importance of genes, environment and life histories on fitness. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms of communicating quality and receiver responses, variation in mate preference and decision making criteria, and the roles of sexual and natural selection in adaptation.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Evolutionary & Behavioural Ecology
  • Animal Communication & Signaling Theory
  • Sexual Selection


2012: BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Zoology), University of Edinburgh
2014: MRes Animal Behaviour, University of Nottingham

Contact details

AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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