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Local adaptation in Drosophila

Manuel António Pinto Sapage

PhD Student

I graduated in Environmental Biology and received my master degree in Conservation Biology, both from the University of Lisbon. I started a PhD in Biology (specialty Ethology) to where I studied mate-choice copying generalization (MCCG) using guppies (P. reticulata) as models. MCCG is a mechanism of non-independent mate-choice where individuals change their mate preference favouring similar mates to the ones they saw being chosen by conspecifics. I am also used computer simulations to understand the evolutionary implications of this behaviour.

In 2017 I received a grant from FCT for the BIODIV (Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution) Doctoral Programme, so I am starting this PhD as a continuation from my previous research.

My goal is (1) to understand how female generalizes mate-choice during the MCCG process and (2) to incorporate this knowledge in a mathematical model to predict the impact of MCCG in sexual selection and evolution.

My PhD is currently tutored by Prof. Margarida Matos from cE3c and co-tutored by Dr. Susana A. M. Varela from cE3c and by Prof. Ingo Schlupp from the University of Oklahoma.