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Liz Harley

Research Department of Genetics, Environment & Evolution,
University College London,
Wolfson House,
4 Stephenson Way,
NW1 2HE,
United Kingdom.


Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7679 7425
Fax: +44 (0) 207 679 5052

Research Interests:

During my PhD I want to examine how various aspects of sexual selection have driven the evolution of exaggerated eyespan in stalk-eyed flies. Fertility in this species is very low, and so females may select males based on their ability to maintain her fertility. As a result, I am currently looking at two male sexual traits that are likely to be linked to female fertility: sperm quality (through live/dead staining) and accessory gland development.


Harley, E., Fowler, K., & Cotton, S. (2010). No detectable fertility benefit from a single additional mating in wild stalk-eyed flies. PLoS One 5 (12).