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Helen Rodd

Graduate Coordinator

MSc, University of Toronto
PhD, York University
PostDoc, UC Davis

ESC 3016 and RW 411

Prospective Students

I am currently accepting MSc and PhD students. Interested applicants should send a CV, an unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interests, academic background, and skills. Please check my lab website for additional details.


My main interests are in reproductive strategies: life history traits and sexual behaviour. For example, I study the ways in which individuals in adjust their reproductive strategies to the behaviour and population demography (e.g., sex ratio, density) of conspecifics. Currently, I am investigating this question in guppies in natural populations in Trinidad. I also study the role of frequency dependent selection (rare male advantage and predator search image) in maintaining the extreme, genetically-based variation in the colour patterns of male guppies. Another project looks at the role of sensory bias in mate choice decisions of female guppies.