Ana Leonor Rodrigues
Main Research Interests
I am interested in Evolutionary biology in general and particularly fascinated by sexual selection, sexual conflicts and mating behavior. During the next three years, I will study mating strategies in the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae, a haplodiploid species, and the effect of sexual and host-endosymbiont (Wolbachia) conflitcts over sex allocation in this species.
- 2010: Bsc in Biology (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)
- 2012: MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology (Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa)
Starting January 2013, PhD. During my PhD I intend to find (1) what are male’s and female’s genetic and plastic contributions to sex allocation in spider mites T. urticae; (2) why double mating occurs in this species if only the first mating is effective? and (3) whether Wolbachia presence results into female-biased host offspring even when nuclear female genes benefit from an even sex ratio (SFRH/BD/87628/2012-FCT). My project is done in collaboration with Isabelle Olivieri at the University of Montpellier.