Queen's University, Belfast
Key Research Interests
- Life history theory: I use phylogenetic comparative methods to test hypotheses on the evolution of phenotypic diversity across species, and how different life history strategies affect population growth
- Biological invasions: identifying the species’ characteristics that make them more likely to become invasive
- Reproductive strategies: how traits, such parental care, placental morphology or hermaprhoditism, fit within the life history strategies of different species
- Sleep ecology and evolution: how sleep is related to the tradeoffs between self maintenance and reproduction
- Adaptation and evolution of species traits, e.g. metabolic rates, brain size and structure, weaponry,
Recent Key Papers
- Furness A. & Capellini I. (2019). How diversity in parental care evolves: a phylogenetic comparative study in amphibians. Nature Communications, 10: 4709.
- Allen W., Street S. & Capellini I. (2017) Fast life history traits promote invasion success in amphibians and reptiles. Ecology Letters, 22: 222-230.
- Capellini I., Baker J., Allen W., Street S. & Venditti C. 2015. The role of life history traits in mammalian invasion success. Ecology Letters, 18: 1099-1107.
Summary Title of Current Studentships
- QUADRAT DTP student, Naomi Rich: Ecological drivers and conservation implications of parental care diversity in vertebrates