Michael J. Ryan

Professor at the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin (USA). Most of his work has addressed sexual selection and communication in frogs and fish. He is especially interested in integrating an understanding of the mechanisms of communication involved in mate attraction with the evolutionary consequences of sexual selection. In 2018, he published A taste for the beautiful: The evolution of attraction (Princeton University Press).

Throughout evolution, sexually reproducing animals have used the process of beauty recognition to maximise their attractiveness to the opposite sex.