Rosalind Murray

PhD Research Student

MSc. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada (2009)
BSc. (Hons.) Biology, Queen's University, Canada (2007)

Supervisors: Dr Luc Bussière, Dr Matt Tinsley

Start Date: 1st October 2010

3B156, Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA

tel: +44 (0) 1786 467787
fax: +44 (0) 1786 467843
email: Rosalind Murray

Research Project

My thesis explores the evolution of elaborate female ornamentation across several temperate dance fly species (Diptera: Empididae).

While evidence of sexual selection on females is relatively common, sex-specific female ornamentation is rare. This is presumably because diverting resources from fecundity to ornamentation could be selectively disadvantageous for both a female and her male suitors; both sexes would suffer if total fitness was depressed by maladaptive over-investment in ornaments. Using dance flies as a model, I am exploring several hypotheses to investigate how and why female ornaments might evolve.


Murray, R.L., Kozlowska, J.L. & A.D. Cutter (2011) Heritable determinants of male fertilization success in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegansBMC Evolutionary Biology. 11:99.

Murray, R.L. & A.D. Cutter (2011) Experimental evolution of sperm number in a protandrous hermaphrodite. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214:1740-1747.

Prasad, A., M. Croydon-Sugarman, R.L. Murray & A.D. Cutter (2011) Fitness at extreme temperatures associates with latitudinally-separated genetic groups of Caenorhabditis briggsaeEvolution.  65: 52-63.

Cutter, A.D., Dey, A. & R.L. Murray (2009)  Evolution of the Caenorhabditis elegans Genome. Molecular Biology and Evolution.  26: 1199-1234.

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