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Prof Kevin Fowler
Dept of GEE
Darwin Building, Gower Street
  • Professor of Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

My primary interest is the evolution of an exaggerated sexual trait, male eyespan, in stalk-eyed flies. Current studies are focussed on whether male eyespan has condition-dependent expression and acts as a signal of male quality. Assays of male fertility are underway so as to understand why female stalk-eyed flies are often sperm-limited. Developmental genetic and transgenic techniques are being trialled with the aim of comparing expression patterns of genes involved in regulating eyestalk development. My additional linked interest is in the genetic basis of sexual antagonism in fruitflies. We are assaying genetic differences that underlie morphological and fitness traits in a suite of hemiclonal strains.

Teaching Summary

I organise and teach a second year course on evolution (BIOL2007) and a first year course on quantitative biology (BIOL1002). I am the postgraduate tutor for the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment with overall responsibility for departmental postgraduate matters. I am the Deputy Director of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, a UCL-led multi-institutional initiative that has attracted significant research council funding for PhD students to pursue research in environmental science.

Academic Background
1983 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Genetics University of Sussex
1979 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Genetics University of Leeds
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