Last month I attended the European Society for Evolutionary Biology biennial conference in Turku, Finland. The conference was excellent, especially the sessions on sexual conflict, experimental evolution and social behaviour. I also presented the recent results of my meta-analysis examining context-dependent mate choice in animals (currently in prep), which was well recieved despite being in the last session on the last day! Below is a photo of my talk in progress, kindly provided by Emily Burdfield-Steel.
This week saw the publication of a study from myself, Andrea Dewhurst and Zen Lewis in the Journal of Ethology, looking at male mate choice in the Indian meal moth. We tested whether male mating behaviour or mate choice has evolved in response to experimental manipulation of the population sex ratio for over 130+ generations. Surpisingly, it seems like it hasn't, though our results suggest that male (pre-copulatory) choice is weak in this species, which might explain the lack of evolutionary response across populations. The paper is online now and open access.