Patty Gowaty


Patricia Adair Gowaty, an evolutionary biology, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Her research interests are in the evolution of social behavior (mating behavior, mating systems, sex allocation, sexual selection, extra-pair paternity). She studied social behavior, demography, ecology, and genetic parentage in Eastern Bluebirds for 30 years in the field. During the last 15 years, she has also studied model Drosophila species in the laboratory to test assumptions of theories of social behavior and fitness variation of individuals. In recent years she has begun building quantitative models of the effects of stochastic demography on social behavior and fitness, and is now testing the assumptions of these models in laboratory and field studies. She always asks questions about fitness variation of individuals in relation to their real-time ecological and social constraints.