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Department of Biosciences

Past Seminars

Dr. Judith Mank, Oxford University: The evolution of sexual dimorphism: genomes to phenotypes and back again

Further information about Dr. Mank's research can be found here.

Darwin noted the difficulty of explaining in an evolutionary context why males and females often show vastly different morphologies, physiologies, and behaviours. Genomic approaches have recently made it possible to measure the strength and pervasiveness of sex-specific evolutionary pressures, which are the ultimate cause of sexual dimorphism, and to understand how these forces act on a shared underlying genome to create separate female and male phenotypes.