Paper accepted

In more lab news, ex-Shuker lab alumna Nicki Cook and Dave himself have just had a paper accepted in BMC Genomics, led by our dear friend and another lab alumnus, Bart Pannebakker. The paper describes the genomic basis of sex ratio variation in Nasonia vitripennis, with a preliminary GWAS analysis. Thanks to all the co-authors for their work on this!

We are back!

We are back in the lab, albeit socially-distanced, and wearing masks! What a relief!

Maddy Abbs has started her ASAB-funded undergrad research project, and Ellie is starting up her next experiments. It is WONDERFUL having folks in the lab again.

Vicki’s next paper accepted

Great news to start the year – Vicki’s latest paper “Mating failure shapes the patterns of sperm precedence in an insect” has just been accepted for publication in Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology. Dani is also an author, so congratulations us on a fab team effort.

Welcome to Ellie

A slightly belated formal website welcome to Ellie Gourevitch, our new PhD student. Ellie has been here six weeks or so and has already started collecting data….!! Ellie will be working on the sex lives of bugs, and is already getting interested in female genitalia – welcome aboard!

Successful MSc(Res) students!

Congratulations to Ceile, Joe and Melissa, who have successfully passed their MSc(Res) thesis examinations, with at most only minor corrections! Nice one! Very proud of all your hard work and look forward to getting the publications out there.

Front Cover start to 2019

A very Happy New Year to all visitors from everyone in the Insect Behavioural Ecology Lab.

While one cannot deny that 2019 may prove to be a challenging year in all sorts of ways, we will try to keep on studying insects and the evolution of their wonderful behaviours as best we can.

As a fantastic start to the year, here is the lovely front-cover to the latest virtual issue of Ecology and Evolution, starring Vicki’s picture of our pale mutant Lygaeus simulans. Perhaps by the end of the year, we will know a little more about this phenotype and its underlying genetics – have we found a supergene or not?! We’ll keep you posted.