Another Dr emerges from the Gage lab

Last month Kris completed his PhD ‘impacts of heatwave conditions and temperature variation on reproduction in the insect model Tribolium castaneum’. It was a great opportunity to critically discuss the work within. In addition to the acknowledgements (photos below), thanks to the external examiner Prof. Klaus Fischer, the internal examiner Dr. Richard Davies, the chair … Continue reading Another Dr emerges from the Gage lab

We welcome Dr. Andreas Sutter

Dr. Andreas Sutter joined Matthew Gage lab at UEA earlier in the summer (2018). Andreas is interested in Polyandry and the evolution of selfish genetic elements in model organisms. At UEA, he will be using the Tribolium flour beetles to study the impacts of female synthesized quinones on fitness.

Sexual selection, experimental evolution, ‘bisexual’ beetles and curtailing controversy.

This post describe some amazing reproductive strategies, the paradox of homosexuality in nature, a recent experiment where the Gage lab explored reasons behind homosexuality in insects and the public reaction that followed.   Check out the paper here: Experimental evolution with an insect model reveals that male homosexual behaviour occurs due to inaccurate mate choice … Continue reading Sexual selection, experimental evolution, ‘bisexual’ beetles and curtailing controversy.

Winter work in a winter wonderland

Another successful piece of fieldwork completed in the beautiful surroundings of Matre, Norway. Matt, David and James worked with scientists from the Marine Research Institute, Bergen to hammer through over 500 fertilisation assays this winter. A successful way to kick-off James PhD and an apt send off for Davids last trip with the group.

Summer is over, but the work never is

A busy summer in the Gage lab, with all manner of exciting experiments being performed, fieldwork courses undertaken and even more conferences attended!. After a hard summer in the north of Scotland studying Atlantic salmon, Matt was back in the lab today examining the groups unique tribolium sexual selection lines. Watch this space for research currently … Continue reading Summer is over, but the work never is

Posters, Presentations and Postgrads: Lessons learnt from the Royal Entomological PG Forum 2017

Despite presenting work in internal conferences and helping to organise one, I managed to reach third year without presenting externally. To remedy this a poster and a talk were made and list of potential conferences drawn up. The Royal Entomological Society Post Graduate Forum  seemed ideal: highly recommended by colleagues as a friendly chilled event … Continue reading Posters, Presentations and Postgrads: Lessons learnt from the Royal Entomological PG Forum 2017