INSECT EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY
Our goal is to understand how evolutionary conflicts of interest shape animal lives. We use insects to investigate how conflict between mates, family members and social partners influences adaptation - in behaviour, morphology, life history, gene expression and molecular phenotypes.
Currently recruiting! Please get in touch about PhD and postdoctoral positions.
Boyang is working on her MSc in Statistical Science. She's studying the analysis of behavioural data from interactions between two individuals. Boyang is cosupervised by Christl Donnelly.
Sam is studying signalling behaviour in water striders.
UNIQ+ project student
Ellie is studying diet choice in drosophilids.
EVOLUTIONARY CONFLICT OVER ANIMAL NUTRITION AND DIET CHOICE
We want to understand how mating impacts nutritional state, and how evolutionary conflict shapes maternal diet choice and nutrition. We are investigating responses to diet in whole-organism phenotypes and molecular metabolomic phenotypes. We're asking these questions using fruit flies.
SEXUAL CONFLICT IN ECOLOGICAL CONTEXT
We are studying how ecological variation influences a sexual arms race in water striders.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO BOYANG!
9 Sep 2019
Boyang submitted her MSc report evaluating modelling approaches for dyadic contest data.
TWO NEW STUDENTS JOIN THE GROUP
1 July 2019
A gigantic welcome to two new students.
Boyang Hu is completing her MSc in applied statistics and is working out robust ways to analyze dyadic contest data. Boyang is cosupervised by Christl Donnelly.
Ellie Jarvis is here for a summer research project as part of the UNIQ+ programme. Ellie is studying diet choice in several drosophilids.
NEW SEASON, NEW STUDENTS
15 May 2019
A big enthusiastic welcome to Austin, Joe, Julia and Rebecca, joining the lab for their undergraduate projects.
PHD PROJECT AVAILABLE
Application deadline 28 May 2019
How do UK ladybirds respond to the double whammy of invasive ladybirds + climate change? PhD position available - come and help find the answers.
Informal enquiries welcome - email Jen
NEW PAPER OUT
In this study, we tested the idea that a higher female mating rate changes how sexual selection acts on males. We used fruit flies where females were genetically engineered to mate more often, such that we could experimentally control mating rate. We found that sexual selection was indeed changed by how often females mated. When they mated more, selection shifted to be stronger on post-copulatory traits that help males achieve fertilization, and weaker on pre-copulatory traits that help males achieve mating.
PHD PROJECTS AVAILABLE
Application deadline 25 Jan 2019
Three projects available. Please get in touch to discuss other projects of mutual interest.
Explore the extent of evolutionary conflict between females, males and offspring over maternal diet, and the consequences of conflict for what mothers eat.
Cosupervised by Stuart Wigby.
This project will investigate how diet composition and mating rate interact to affect molecular nutritional condition, measured through metabolomic profiling.
Cosupervised by Stuart Wigby.
This studentship will investigate effects of climate change on native ladybird behaviour and physiology, and how these effects impact interactions with the invasive Harlequin ladybird.
SAM EDWARDS JOINS THE GROUP
Sam will examine how water striders send and receive signals through the water surface.