Dr Natalie Pilakouta

Dr Natalie Pilakouta


Dr Natalie Pilakouta
Dr Natalie Pilakouta

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 272399
The University of Aberdeen Zoology Building Room 308
Tillydrone Avenue
Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ
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2019–              Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

2016–2019    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow

2013–2016    PhD, University of Edinbugrh

2010–2012    MSc, Yale University

2006–2010    BSc, State University of New York at Brockport


Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in how environmental change alters animal behaviour and whether animal behaviour can aid or hinder adaptation to environmental change. My research integrates behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, ecophysiology, and developmental biology. Some major themes in my work are reproductive behaviour (mating and parental care), social interactions, and phenotypic plasticity.


Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator:
ZO4539 Advanced Behavioural Ecology

Course contributor:
BI1009 Frontiers in Biological Sciences
BI2510 Principles of Animal Physiology
BI3810 Field Skills in Animal Behaviour
BI4016 SBS Honours Project



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  • Parsons, KJ, McWhinnie, K, Pilakouta, N & Walker, L 2020, 'Does phenotypic plasticity initiate developmental bias?', Evolution & Development, vol. 22, no. 1-2, pp. 56-70. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ede.12304
  • Pilakouta, N, Killen, SS, Kristjánsson, BK, Skúlason, S, Lindström, J, Metcalfe, NB & Parsons, KJ 2020, 'Multigenerational exposure to elevated temperatures leads to a reduction in standard metabolic rate in the wild', Functional Ecology, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 1205-1214. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13538
  • Pilakouta, N, Killen, SS, Kristjánsson, BK, Skúlason, S, Lindström, J, Metcalfe, NB & Parsons, KJ 2019 'Reduction in standard metabolic rate after multigenerational exposure to elevated temperatures in the wild' bioRxiv. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/749986
  • Pilakouta, N, Killen, SS, Kristjánsson, BK, Skúlason, S, Lindström, J, Metcalfe, NB & Parsons, KJ 2019 'Temperature preference does not evolve in sticklebacks despite multigenerational exposure to elevated temperatures' bioRxiv. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/615005
  • Pilakouta, N, Humble, JL, Hill, IDC, Kristjánsson, BK, Skúlason, S, Killen, SS, Lindström, J, Metcalfe, NB & Parsons, KJ 2019 'Testing the predictability of morphological evolution in naturally warmed stickleback populations' bioRxiv. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/609933
  • Pilakouta, N, Hanlon, EJH & Smiseth, PT 2018, 'Biparental care is more than the sum of its parts: experimental evidence for synergistic effects on offspring fitness', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1884, 20180875. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.0875
  • Pilakouta, N & Smiseth, PT 2017, 'Female mating preferences for outbred versus inbred males are conditional upon the female's own inbreeding status', Animal Behaviour, vol. 123, pp. 369-374. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.11.023
  • Pilakouta, N, Correa, MA & Alonzo, SH 2017, 'Predation Risk Reduces a Female Preference for Heterospecific Males in the Green Swordtail', Ethology, vol. 123, no. 2, pp. 95-104. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.12573
  • Pilakouta, N, Halford, C, Racz, R & Smiseth, P 2016, 'Effects of prior contest experience and contest outcome on female reproductive decisions and offspring fitness', The American Naturalist, vol. 188, no. 3, pp. 319-328. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/687392
  • Pilakouta, N, Richardson, J & Smiseth, PT 2016, 'If you eat, I eat: resolution of sexual conflict over consumption from a shared resource', Animal Behaviour, vol. 111, pp. 175-180. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.10.016
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