Gender bender: The impact of endocrine disrupting pollutants on sexual selection

Project: Research

Project Description

Environmental pollutants that mimic or block the effect of hormones pose a serious threat to wildlife and humans. I aim to provide pivotal insights into the impact of these pollutants on reproductive behaviours and sexual selection in a freshwater fish. I will uncover how the pollutants affect the efficacy of sexual signals and how this, in turn, can influence the strength of selection. Morphological and behavioural experiments will be combined with a longitudinal study to reveal whether effects persist across generations. My findings will have repercussions for understanding an important mechanism of evolution, with consequences for population and species persistence.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/01/1329/02/16

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD315,000.00