Department of Biological Sciences
University of South Carolina
You can read about my scientific interests under the research section of the site. Outside of science, I like to hike, I’m a basketball junkie (in the dual roles of fan and awful player), and I operate a shuttle service for my two kids.
PhD student (2019-present)
Claudia is co-advised with Lauren Cator at Imperial College London and is working with the Yellow Fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, to explore the genomic basis of sexual selection in this important disease vector. She is interested in how a greater understanding of mosquito mating biology can help to inform and develop novel mosquito control methods.
PhD student (2020-present)
Samantha is using Drosophila melanogaster to study the evolutionary forces shaping interactions between the sexes that are centered on mating and reproduction, with an emphasis on the female side of these interactions.
PhD student (2022-present)
Graham is using experimental evolution with Drosophila melanogaster to study whether reinforcing selection can increase reproductive isolation between populations.
Laboratory technician (2021-present)
Sophia maintains Drosophila populations in the lab, helps everyone run their experiments, and is also conducting her own independent research on sexual conflict in flies.
Danthanh Vu (2023-present)
Skylar McNulty (2022-present)
Victoria White (2022-present)
Sakshi Sharda, PhD (2022)
For her PhD, Sakshi used the Drosophila melanogaster – Pseudomonas entomophila host-pathogen system to explore the genetic basis of resistance to infection, test for the presence of sex-specific or sexually-antagonistic genetic effects, and ask whether the presence of male-male competition and female choice facilitates adaptation to pathogens.
Michael Beyeler, MSc (2018)
Rohan Raval, MSc (2016)
Michael Jardine, MSc (2016)
Graham McLaughlin (2020-2022)
Claire Compton (2020-2021)
Faith Buchanan (2021-2021)
Isabela Valenta (2021-2021)
Haven Curtis (2020-2021)
Kawecki group @ University of Lausanne
Keller group @ University of Lausanne
Deplancke group @ EPFL
Fricke group @ University of Muenster
Cator group @ Imperial College London
Li group @ University of Neuchatel
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