Alberto Corral Lopez

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Alberto Corral Lopez




Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
08-15 95 22
Svante Arrheniusväg 18 B
D 544
Stockholms universitet
Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
106 91 Stockholm


The general goal of my PhD project under Niclas Kolm supervision is to increase our knowledge of the costs and benefits acting on brain evolution in vertebrates. In particular, using the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) as a model system, I investigate physiological and behavioral responses correlated to rapid evolution of a more advanced brain.

ResearchGate Profile



Alexander Kotrschal, Alberto Corral-Lopez, Niclas Kolm. 2019. Large brains, short life - selection on brain size impacts intrinsic lifespan. Biology Letters 15.

Alberto Corral-López, Maksym Romensky, Alexander Kotrschal, Severine D. Buechel, Niclas Kolm. 2019. Brain size affects responsiveness in mating behaviour to variation in predation pressure and sex ratio. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Alberto Corral-López, Alexander Kotrschal, Niclas Kolm. 2018. Selection for relative brain size affects context-dependent male preference for, but not discrimination of, female body size in guppies. Journal of Experimental Biology 221.

Natasha Bloch, Alberto Corral-López, Severine D. Buechel, Alexander Kotrschal, Niclas Kolm, Judith E. Mank. 2018. Early neurogenomic response associated with variation in guppy female mate preference. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1772-1781.

Alberto Corral-López, Maddi Garate-Olaizola, Severine D. Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Alexander Kotrschal. 2017. On the role of body size, brain size, and eye size in visual acuity. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71.

Alberto Corral-López, Natasha I. Bloch, Alexander Kotrschal, Wouter van der Bijl, Severine D. Buechel, Judith E. Mank, Niclas Kolm. 2017. Female brain size affects the assessment of male attractiveness during mate choice. Science Advances 3.

David Outomuro, Pedro Angel-Giraldo, Alberto Corral-López, Emilio Realpe. 2016. Multitrait aposematic signal in Batesian mimicry. Evolution 70: 1596-1608.

Alexander Kotrschal, Alberto Corral-Lopez, S. Zajitschek, S. Immler, A. A. Maklakov, Niclas Kolm. 2015. Positive genetic correlation between brain size and sexual traits in male guppies artificially selected for brain size. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 841-850.

Alexander Kotrschal, Alberto Corral-Lopez, Soenke Szidat, Niclas Kolm. 2015. The effect of brain size evolution on feeding propensity, digestive efficiency, and juvenile growth. Evolution 69: 3013-3020.

Alexander Kotrschal, Séverine D. Buechel, Sarah M. Zala, Alberto Corral Lopez, Dustin J. Penn, Niclas Kolm. 2015. Brain size affects female but not male survival under predation threat. Ecology Letters 18: 646-652.

Alberto Corral-López, Simon Eckerström-Liedholm, Wouter Van der Bijl, Alexander Kotrschal, Niclas Kolm. 2015. No association between brain size and male sexual behavior in the guppy. Current Zoology 61: 265-273.

Alexander Kotrschal, Alberto Corral-Lopez, Mirjam Amcoff, Niclas Kolm. 2015. A larger brain confers a benefit in a spatial mate search learning task in male guppies. Behavioral Ecology 26: 527-532.

Övrigt vetenskapligt

Alberto Corral López. 2017. The link between brain size, cognitive ability, mate choice and sexual behaviour in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Doctoral thesis. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University.

Alberto Corral-López, Alexander Kotrschal, Niclas Kolm. Brain size affects the judgment of female quality during male mate choice.

Alberto Corral-López, Maddi Garate-Olaizola, Severine Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Alexander Kotrschal. On the role of body size, brain size and eye size in visual acuity.

Alberto Corral-López, Maksym Romensky, Alexander Kotrschal, Severine Buechel, Niclas Kolm. Brain size, environmental complexity and mating behaviour.