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Ola Fincke

Ola M. Fincke

Professor Emeritus of Biology

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., St. Olaf College

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I am an evolutionary and behavioral ecologist working in the areas of sexual selection, sexual conflict, and the interaction of selection at different life history stages. More recent work involves sexual signaling and insect learning. I continue long-term monitoring of effects of invasive zebra mussels on the fitness and behavior of odonates. Although retired and no longer accepting graduate students, I welcome collaborative research with colleagues in the US and abroad. 


  • Fincke OM, Xu M, Khazan E, Wilson, M, Ware J. 2018. Tests of hypotheses for morphological and genetic divergence in Megaloprepus damselflies across Neotropical forests. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125: 844-861.
  • Rebora M, Frati F, Piersanti S, Salerno G, Selvaggi R, Fincke OM. 2018. Tests of multiple sensory cues in sex recognition and harassment of Ischnura elegans damselflies under field conditions. Animal Behaviour 136: 127-36,
  • Barnard AA, Fincke OM, McPeek MA, Masly JP. 2017. Mechanical and tactile incompatibilities cause reproductive isolation between two young damselfly species. Evolution 71: 2410-2427,   doi: 10.1111/evo.13315
  • Fincke OM. 2015. Trade-offs in female signal apparency to males offer alternative anti-harassment strategies for color polymorphic females. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 931-943. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12623
  • Xu M & Fincke OM. 2015. Ultraviolet wing signal affects territorial contest outcome in a sexually dimorphic damselfly. Animal Behaviour 101:67-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.12.018
  • Xu M, Cerreta A*, Schultz TD, Fincke OM. 2014. Selective use of multiple cues by males reflects a decision rule for sex discrimination in a sexually mimetic damselfly. Animal Behaviour 92: 9-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.03.016
  • Feindt, W, Fincke OM, Hadrys H. 2014. Still a one species genus? Strong genetic diversification in the world’s largest living odonate, the Neotropical damselfly Megaloprepus caerulatus Conservation Genetics 15: 469-481. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-013-0554-z
  • Schultz TD & Fincke OM.  2013. Lost in the crowd or hidden in the grass: signal apparency of female polymorphic damselflies in alternative habitats. Animal Behaviour 86: 923-931. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.08.008