We welcome James who who will answer interesting questions surrounding cryptic female choice for his PhD using the flour beetle system. He will also take advantage of sister species of the flour beetles for this doctoral research.
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.
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.
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.
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
Another conference trip for a member of the Gage lab, this time David went off to Exeter to take part in the FSBIs 50th Anniversary conference: Understanding fish populations. Below David recounts his experiences from the conference, including his first ever participation in a speed talk. No sooner had I touched down in Heathrow airport … Continue reading FSBI’s 50th Anniversary Conference
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
Matt Gage's lab group Rebels
Team day trip to Southwold
Congratulations to the latest Dr in the group! Dr Joanne L. Godwin Many thanks to Jo's external examiner Prof Nina Wedell (University of Exeter), and internal examiner Prof Jenny Gill for their comments and discussion. The thesis: Consequences of sexual selection for reproductive and life history traits in Tribolium castaneum. Abstract Sexual selection is a widespread … Continue reading She did it!