Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences


Sex is widespread throughout the animal kingdom and has undoubtedly played a crucial role in shaping the exceptional diversity of life on Earth. This must be particularly true in the insects, which are the most diverse group of animals and exhibit an astounding array of sexual adaptations. Despite this, sexual behaviour has been studied in less than 1% of species, and our understanding of the role that sexual selection has played in insect speciation is limited.



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