DetailsName: Ben Hopkins
Position: DPhil Student (DTP programme)
From 2011 to 2014 I studied for a BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford with a particular focus on evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, and ethology. As part of this course and with support from a David Kirby Memorial Award from the Department of Zoology I studied the role of the accessory gland secondary cells in mediating sperm competition in Drosophila melanogaster under the supervision of Dr Stuart Wigby. It was also during this time that I undertook a six-week project on the adaptive significance of courtship display in lifetime monogamous bird species with Professor Tim Guilford and with funding from a Merton College Summer Research Grant.
Now with joint funding from the BBSRC Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Programme and a generous EP Abraham Cephalosporin Oxford Graduate Scholarship I aim to build upon these interests in reproductive biology and evolution under the supervision of Dr Stuart Wigby.