Synopsis 

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?

Aims 

This project will investigate how interaction with males of varying sexual phenotypes affects female longevity and fecundity.

Student Benefits 

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