|2007-2010||Student of Biology at the Ruhr University, Bochum.|
|2010||Bachelor of Science, Topic: "Morphologic and genetic variability of two Daphnia populations of different habitat types"|
|2010-2012||Master's Progamme at the Ruhr University, Bochum|
|2012||Master of Science in Biology, Topic: Studies on the clonal reproduction of the marbled crayfish (Marmorkrebs), Procambarus spec.|
|since 2013||PhD position at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, adviser: Prof. Dr. Klaus Reinhold|
Sexual selection, or nonrandom mating, is an important factor for evolution. In most animal species, females choose the mating partners (female choice) with the help of different criteria. However, mating with multiple males may lead to other selection processes inside the female body. Among the most widely-spread processes of such kind are sperm competition and cryptic female choice. Cryptic female choice means the ability of females to decide which sperm (for example, of male A, B or C) will be preferentially used to fertilize the eggs. In my project, I investigate cryptic female choice in the field grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus using different mating experiments and genetic analyses of offspring. The main focus lies on the possible influence of male attractiveness and the influence of relatedness between males and females.
Sexual selection, cryptic female choice, population genetics, different modes of reproduction in animals (e.g. parthenogenesis)