Dr Eleanor Bath

Dr Eleanor Bath


Name: Dr Eleanor Bath
Position: Post-doctoral Fellow
Email: eleanor.bath@zoo.ox.ac.uk


I’m from Sydney, Australia, where I did my undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales. I studied biology, international relations, and history, before doing an Honours year in Russell Bonduriansky’s lab studying evolutionary biology. I then came to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship to do a DPhil in Zoology, under the supervision of Stu Wigby, Nat Seddon, and Joe Tobias. My DPhil focused on female aggression in flies. I am now a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church college, where I’m researching how mating increases female aggression in fruit flies.

Research activities

My research interests span evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, and human behaviour. I’m particularly interested in sexual selection and even more focused on female competition and aggression. During my DPhil I worked with stalk-eyed flies and fruit flies to study female aggression and how it relates to female ornamentation, mating, male condition, and developmental environment. I am now working on understanding how mating leads to increased female aggression in fruit flies.


Bath, E., Wigby, S., Vincent, C., Tobias, J.A., and Seddon, N. (2015) ‘Condition, not eyespan, predicts contest outcome in female stalk-eyed flies, Teleopsis dalmanni’. Ecology and Evolution 5(9), 1826-1836.

Cassidy, E.J., Bath, E., Chenoweth, S.F., and Bonduriansky, R. (2013) ‘Sex-specific patterns of morphological diversification: evolution of reaction norms and static allometries in neriid flies’. Evolution 68, 368-383.

Bath, E., Tatarnic, N., and Bonduriansky, R. (2012) ‘Asymmetric reproductive isolation and interference in neriid flies: the roles of genital morphology and behaviour’. Animal Behaviour 84(6), 1331-1339.

Byrnes, A. and Bath, E. (2008) ‘Violence against Women, the Obligation of Due Diligence, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – Recent Developments’. Human Rights Law Review 8(3), 517-533.