Catz Fellow Wins ZSL Scientific Medal

Catz Fellow Wins ZSL Scientific Medal

Catz Fellow Tommaso Pizzari, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Oxford’s Department of Zoology and Senior Biology Tutor St. Catherine’s College, has been awarded the 2014 Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

ZSL recognises outstanding achievements in conservation and zoological research through its annual presentation of awards and prizes, and the Scientific Medal is awarded to zoologists with no more than 15 years postdoctoral experience in recognition of scientific merit.

Tom undertakes highly original and influential research on the evolutionary ecology of sexual behaviour, and much of his work focuses on resolving different aspects of sexual selection and intersexual coevolution, using the red junglefowl, Gallus gallus, and, more recently, fruit flies, as model species.

Employing a combination of experimental work, and physiological and molecular tools, Tom has made significant contributions to the study of sexual reproduction at both ecological and evolutionary scales, addressing a wide range of inter-related challenges, such as the social, genetic and ecological factors affecting sexual conflict, sexual selection theory, sperm competition and cryptic female choice.