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Why do females fight?

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Research on aggression has traditionally focused on male-male aggression, both in human and non-human animals. However, female-female aggression can have serious impacts on individual survival, reproductive success, and even a species’ ability to adapt to environmental change. My work investigates the relationship between reproduction and female aggression in a variety of insect systems – including stalk-eyed flies, fruit flies, and water striders. In this talk, I focus on how mating makes female fruit flies more aggressive and why that might happen.

This talk is part of the Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series series.

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