Chemical communication in insects
Supervisor: Prof. Russell Bonduriansky
Stick insects inhabit a complex three-dimensional habitat (the host plant) that presents a challenge to individuals seeking to locate mates or fend off rivals. Males of the stick insect Megacrania batesii search for females on Pandanus host plants, and fight rivals over access to females. Chemical signals (pheromones) could play important roles in signalling between individuals.
This project will explore the role of pheromones in male-male and female-male interactions in M. batesii.
Benefits to student
You will learn how to design and carry out experiments, how to carry out sophisticated statistical analysis, and how to write a scientific paper. Honours students in the Bonduriansky lab often publish their work in prestigious journals, such as The American Naturalist, Functional Ecology, Animal Behaviour, and Scientific Reports.