I started DPhil study in Oxford under the supervision of Professor Tommaso Pizzari in October 2016. I am interested in the cognitive mechanisms of ejaculate allocation in male red junglefowl, Gallus gallus, the ancient ancestor of domestic chicken. Sperms are expensive to produce and a male’s sperm reserves can be depleted by multiple mating, which can potentially constrain his reproductive success, particularly in mating systems where males can mate with multiple females (polygyny) and females can mate with multiple males (polyandry), generating sperm competition. Theory therefore predicts males to evolve prudent strategies of sperm allocation to maximise reproductive success within the constraints imposed by sperm costs. The overarching goal of my thesis is to investigate the mechanisms underpinning sperms and seminal fluid proteins expenditure strategies in the polyandrous red junglefowl.
I have been volunteered in the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre since 2017 and I am a columnist for popular science.