Dr Bruno Alves Buzatto



English, Portuguese, Spanish

Research Focus

I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, fascinated by sexual selection and biodiversity of arthropods, especially insects and arachnids. My PhD (at the University of Western Australia) dealt with alternative reproductive tactics and male weapons in terrestrial arthropods, and since then I’ve been studying the evolution of mating systems and phenotypic plasticity in these animals, often using experimental evolution. I have also studied dung beetles, earwigs, bulb mites and Australian quacking frogs, always focusing on these amazing animals’ reproductive biology. More recently, before starting at Flinders University, I spent two years working part-time as an environmental consultant, focusing on the biodiversity of short-range endemic invertebrates and subterranean fauna of the Pilbara and Goldfields regions of Western Australia, which steered some of my research towards the conservation of terrestrial invertebrates.


  • Sydney Funnel-Web Spiders: behavior, mating system and population structure of the world’s deadliest spider
  • The development, ecology and evolution of alternative phenotypes


  • Lecturer

Global goals

Target 15.1
Target 15.5


  • Australia

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