Craig Walling

I am an evolutionary ecologist working in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Broadly I am interested in understanding the evolution of, and maintenance of variation in, life history traits. Strong selection is predicted to reduce levels of genetic variation in such traits, yet genetic variation is often observed. My research aims to try and understand the causes and consequences of this variation. To address these aims I use techniques from both quantitative genetics and behavioural ecology in order to improve our understanding of both the genetic and environmental causes of variation in life history traits.

I am currently a NERC funded post-doctoral research fellow. This fellowship aims to address questions related to the evolution of female mating preferences. In particular this project will look to quantify the potential benefits to female mate choice in the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).

Group Members


                Liz Heap                                   Josh Moatt                                 Fiona Moon

      Research Technician           BBSRC EASTBIO PhD student            Research Technician


Past Group Members

Kay Boulton - PhD student "Coping with stress: personality, life history and social dominance in swordtail fishes, Xiphophorus sp." - Completed 2014

Lizzy Loffill - Research Technician