Dr Louise Reynolds PhD

Post Doctoral Research Associate Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour


Personal Statement

I work on a NERC-funded project investigating the rapid evolutionary response of the butterfly Hypolimnas bolina to a male-killing strain of the endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia. Female butterflies infected with Wolbachia only produce female offspring (male offspring are killed at the embryonic stage), which can cause the population sex ratio of infected populations to become extremely female-biased. The butterfly has however evolved the ability to produce both male and female offspring, even though it still carries the male-killing Wolbachia infection. I am researching the genetic basis of the change that enables male butterflies to survive, and also investigating whether there are any associated fitness effects.

I have a PhD and MRes Evolution & Behaviour from the University of Liverpool and BA(Hons) Human Sciences from the University of Oxford.