About the Project
The Afrotropical butterfly, Bicyclus anynana, is highly sensitive to inbreeding at different stages of its life cycle and serves as an attractive model for studying this problem. The laboratory stock in Liverpool is derived from a natural population originally brought into the lab in 1990. Archival DNA samples at different time points over ~160 generations in captivity allow the measurement of changes in genetic diversity across the genome, which in turn provide insight into the factors producing the patterns. Breeding experiments with butterflies will be used to genetically map genes causing inbreeding depression, to explore inbreeding avoidance behaviour, and to measure variation in inbreeding depression among Bicyclus species.
Interests and skills should include one or more of the following: evolutionary genetics; genomics; entomology; conservation biology; bioinformatics; simulation modelling.
Applications (CV, letter of application, 2 referees) by email to [Email Address Removed] deadline: January 8th 2020. Interviews in or after the week commencing : 10th February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed for only one project from the ACCE partnership.
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