University of Aberdeen
Pronouns She/Her/Hers
Current Position Lecturer
Previous Position Research Associate, University of Glasgow
Telephone +44 (0) 1224 272 399
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity


Key Research Interests

• Animal behaviour under environmental change (e.g., climate change, habitat fragmentation)
• Sexual selection and sexual conflict
• Parental care and social interactions
• Mechanistic basis of behaviour
• Inbreeding depression

Recent Key Papers

  • Pilakouta N, Hanlon EJH, Smiseth PT (2018) Biparental care is more than the sum of its parts: evidence for synergistic effects on offspring fitness. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285:20180875.
  • Pilakouta N, Smiseth PT (2016) Maternal effects alter the severity of inbreeding depression in the offspring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20161023.
  • Pilakouta N, Jamieson S, Moorad JA, Smiseth PT (2015) Parental care buffers against inbreeding depression in burying beetles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112:8031–8035.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • QUADRAT DTP student, Karendeep Sidhu: The role of sexual selection in facilitating rapid adaptation to climate change