Both allow us to perform controlled experiments that explore the evolution of mechanisms that drive differential fertilization success, male : female reproductive compatibility, and the evolution of sperm form and function.
- Sperm competition dynamics, heritability of reproductive traits, and evolution of reproductive isolation
- Fertilization dynamics and sperm function in salmon in relation to: hybridization with farm salmon, hybridization with trout, inter-population genetic variation
- Inbreeding influences on spermatozoal and other reproductive traits in insects
- Comparative tests of the evolution of sperm morphology
- Population consequences of sexual selection
- Thermal stress and male fertility
Across the group, we employ a broad range of research techniques, from electric-fishing to assess survivorship of salmonid hybrids in the wild, to analysing SNP variation to determine how sexual selection shapes a genome in Tribolium strains. Group members are all involved in publication of their work, presentation at international conferences, and attending skills training events.