Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Lecturer
Previous Position Senior Lecturer, University of Hull
Telephone +44 (0)28 9097 6201
Email I.Capellini@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Modelling


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