The evolution of developmentally plastic reproductive traits

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Research in the Bonduriansky lab has uncovered a suite of highly environment-responsive (plastic) male reproductive and secondary sexual traits in a group of native insects. The development of these traits responds very strongly to environmental factors such as diet, with effects both within and across generations. Remarkably, the environment-responsiveness of these traits itself appears to evolve and diversity rapidly, providing a valuable opportunity to understand how species might adapt to a rapidly changing world. This project (funded by Bonduriansky’s ARC-DP) will combine laboratory and field studies to establish how ecology and selection combine to shape the evolution of environment-responsive traits.

We are seeking a student with qualifications and a strong interest in evolutionary ecology, preferably including a research Master’s degree. The ideal candidate will have a track-record of successful research and publications in international journals. Candidates with experience in laboratory and/or field research on insects are preferred.

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Evolution & Ecology Research Centre

Evolution & Ecology Research Centre

Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
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