In neriid flies, males vary enormously in body size, secondary sexual trait expression, and aggressiveness. These traits function in male-male competition for mates. But how do such male traits affect females? This project explores the question: Are aggressive males harmful for females?
This project will investigate how interaction with males of varying sexual phenotypes affects female longevity and fecundity.
You’ll partake in cutting-edge research on a high-profile question in evolutionary ecology. Through this project you’ll learn how to:
- Design and carry out experiments
- Carry out sophisticated statistical analysis
- Write an influential scientific paper
Honours students in the Bonduriansky lab often publish their work in prestigious journals, such as:
- The American Naturalist
- Functional Ecology
- Animal Behaviour
- Scientific Reports