Rhonda Snook

The Snook lab is interested the evolutionary ecology of sexual reproduction. That means we study how males and females interact to generate sexually dimorphic life history strategies, along with the ecological factors that impact, and the evolutionary consequences of, these interactions. The work spans across microevolutionary and macroevolutionary boundaries, from measuring simple phenotypic traits in different environmental conditions to uncovering mechanisms to understanding the genetic underpinnings of reproductive traits.

I’m looking for Master’s students who are also fascinated by these types of questions and interested in doing in-depth research on:

  • How does sexual selection and sexual conflict contribute to the evolution of sexual dimorphism?
  • How and when does sexual selection result in speciation?
  • What is the role of abiotic factors in successful reproduction?
  • What are the genes controlling male and female reproductive traits?

These are just a subset of questions my lab is pursuing. I’m happy to discuss research opportunities on related questions.

 

Niklas Janz

I work with butterfly-plant interactions from a variety of different angles. Most of what I do concerns the evolution of host repertoires and preference hierarchies, specialisation and host-driven diversification. Depending on what is currently happening in the lab, and on your own preference and expertise, it is possible to do projects on behaviour, life history evolution, physiology, genomics and phylogenetics. It is worth noting that practical projects are typically constrained to spring and summer, since that is when butterflies fly and natural host plants are available. Come talk to me if you are interested!