Patricia Adair Gowaty


Patricia Adair Gowaty is an American evolutionary biologist. She received her B.A. in biology at Tulane University and her PhD in zoology at Clemson University in 1980. She is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.[1]

Gowaty is known for her many articles about human and animal behavior and evolution. She is author and editor of a book that seeks to combine feminist theory and Darwinian evolutionary biology.[2] She has also written about the effects of and importance of rape in understanding human evolution.[3] Her recent research has focused on the concept of reproductive compensation in population genetics.[4][5]

In 2012 Gowaty and colleagues reported[6] a precise replication of Angus Bateman's classic experiment on sexual selection in Drosophila. The study showed that Bateman's methodology was flawed. Once these flaws are accounted for, the experimental data did not support his conclusions.[7]

Gowaty is married to biologist Stephen P. Hubbell, with whom she has co-authored many journal articles about ecology and evolutionary biology.[8]


  1. ^ "UCLA Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology". Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  2. ^ Gowaty, PA (1997). Feminism and Evolutionary Biology - Boundaries, intersections and frontiers. Springer. ISBN 0-412-07361-7.
  3. ^ Gowaty, PA (2003). Cheryl Brown Travis (ed.). Power Asymmetries Between the Sexes, Mate Preferences, and Components of Fitness. The MIT Press. pp. 61–86. ISBN 0-262-20143-7.
  4. ^ Gowaty, PA (2008). "Reproductive Compensation". Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 21 (5): 1189–200. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2008.01559.x. PMID 18564347.
  5. ^ Gowaty PA, Anderson WW, Bluhm CK, Drickamer LC, Kim YK, Moore AJ (2007). "The hypothesis of reproductive compensation and its assumptions about mate preferences and offspring viability". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (38): 15023–15027. doi:10.1073/pnas.0706622104. PMC 1986606. PMID 17848509.
  6. ^ Gowaty PA, Kim YK, and Anderson WW (2012). "No evidence of sexual selection in a repetition of Bateman's classic study of Drosophila melanogaster". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109 (29): 11740–11745. doi:10.1073/pnas.1207851109. PMC 3406809. PMID 22689966.
  7. ^ University of California - Los Angeles (26 June 2012). "Biologists reveal potential 'fatal flaw' in iconic sexual selection study". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  8. ^ "Research Magazine".