Why do females fight? For over a century, biologists thought that female aggression was uncommon in the animal kingdom. In this lecture, Dr. Eleanor Bath dispels that notion and shows that female aggression in fruit flies increases after mating. More specifically, she shows that semen and a small protein in the male ejaculate lead to increased female aggression in Drosophila melanogaster.
This talk is part of the Young Scientist Seminars, a video series produced that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries.
Dr. Eleanor Bath completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales, Australia, with majors in biology, international relations, and history. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to undertake a PhD at the University of Oxford, UK in 2012. During her PhD, she studied female aggression in flies, with Dr Stuart Wigby. Eleanor… Continue Reading