Isabella_Capellini

Dr Isabella Capellini

Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Zoology

Qualifications

  • PhD (Newcastle University)

Summary

Dr Capellini studies large-scale patterns and processes underlying phenotypic diversity and evolution. In particular, she examines how ecology shapes variation in morphology, physiology and behaviour. Using modern phylogenetic comparative methods, she investigates the evolution of mammalian reproduction, parental care and life histories, and what 'makes' an invasive alien species. She also studies biological traits, such as the mammalian placenta and sleep, that are often studied in clinical contexts and much neglected in ecology and evolution. The University, NERC and BBSRC fund her research.

Postgraduate

Dr Capellini welcomes applications from students who are interested in large scale studies of evolution and ecology, particularly - but not exclusively - on vertebrates. Current PhD supervisionsHannah West, The Evolution of Male Care in Mammals (2013-17) Yannis Dimopoulos, Parents Feeding Offspring; the Ecology and Evolution of Parental Care in Insects (2017-2020) [Lead supervisor: Dr Gilbert] Stephanie McLean, Laterality and Parental Care in Fish (2017 -2020) [Lead supervisor: Dr Morell]

Journal Article

Unravelling the macro-evolutionary ecology of fish-jellyfish associations: life in the 'gingerbread house'

Griffin, D. C., Harrod, C., Houghton, J. D. R., & Capellini, I. (2019). Unravelling the macro-evolutionary ecology of fish-jellyfish associations: life in the ‘gingerbread house’. Proceedings. the Royal Society. Biological sciences /, 286(1899), 20182325. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.2325

Fast life history traits promote invasion success in amphibians and reptiles

Allen, W. L., Street, S. E., & Capellini, I. (2017). Fast life history traits promote invasion success in amphibians and reptiles. Ecology letters, 20(2), 222-230. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12728

Male care and life history traits in mammals

West, H. E., & Capellini, I. (2016). Male care and life history traits in mammals. Nature communications, 7, (11854). doi:10.1038/ncomms11854. ISSN 2041-1723

Sleep, evolution and brains : Commentary on Herculano-Houzel S (2015): Decreasing sleep requirement with increasing numbers of neurons as a driver for bigger brains and bodies in mammalian evolution. Proc Biol Sci 282:20151853

Barton, R. A., & Capellini, I. (2016). Sleep, evolution and brains : Commentary on Herculano-Houzel S (2015): Decreasing sleep requirement with increasing numbers of neurons as a driver for bigger brains and bodies in mammalian evolution. Proc Biol Sci 282:20151853. Brain, behavior and evolution, 87(2), 65-68. https://doi.org/10.1159/000443716

The role of life history traits in mammalian invasion success

Capellini, I., Baker, J., Allen, W. L., Street, S. E., & Venditti, C. (2015). The role of life history traits in mammalian invasion success. Ecology letters, 18(10), 1099-1107. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12493

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2016