Luisana Carballo

Luisana Carballo

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Department Kempenaers
IMPRS Board
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
+49 8157 932-450
Seewiesen

Main Focus

Evolution of sexual selection in parrots of the world

I am interested in understanding how ecological and evolutionary processes have shaped the evolution of species and their behaviour. More specifically, I would like to understand how individuals select their partners, which attributes or behaviours are more attractive, and how individuals benefit from the choices they make. When individuals of one sex (usually females) choose mates from the other sex according to their attributes, sexual dimorphism can arise. Sexual dimorphism refers to the differences in phenotype shown by males and females of the same species. These differences tend to be stronger in polygynous species, in which males compete for access to females, and weaker or not present in monogamous species. Even though parrots are a monogamous group, they show sexual dimorphism in body size and plumage coloration. In my project I aim to answer a number of questions to understand the evolution of sexual selection in parrots. Are parrots more sexually dichromatic (in the UV spectrum) than we think? Are courtship displays more complex in species with more sexual selection pressure? Are parrots genetically monogamous? What is the force driving sexual dimorphism in this group? For my project I will work with around 250 species kept in the Loro Parque Fundación, which has the largest collection of parrots in the world.


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015 - Present: PhD in Behavioural ecology. Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. Seewiesen, Germany.
  • 2013 - 2014: MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation. University College London. London, UK.
  • 2006 - 2012: Licenciate in Biology, specialising in Ecology. Universidad Central de Venezuela. Caracas, Venezuela.
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