Dr. Kirsten Jalvingh

I have a strong interest in evolutionary biology and ecology, with a particular focus on the interactions between species, populations and individuals and their environment. I currently work on the evolutionary consequences of multiple independent transitions to asexuality in Timema stick insects. We compare differential expression in parthenogenetic and sexually reproducing lineages. Additional projects investigate sexual conflict, facultative parthenogenesis and sexual behaviour. Previous work focused on the evolution of parasitoid resistance in Drosophila melanogaster. Using artificial selection I created replicate populations of D. melanogaster in order to investigate selection for parasitoid resistance and to assess the impact of a strong selective pressure on the genome.

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