Recent news

Jul 2017

Welcome to Dani Edmunds, who started her DPhil studies in the fly lab today, supervised by Jen Perry and Stu Wigby.

Jun 2017

Check out our new quick guide to seminal fluid, out now in Current Biology

May 2017

Our new Nature Ecology & Evolution paper shows that sperm and sex peptide increase aggression in female flies!

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Stuart Wigby is a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow at the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford. The Wigby lab studies the evolutionary biology of sex and death, mainly using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism.

We are interested in sexual selection, sexual conflict, speciation, sperm competition, kin selection, immunity, life history and ageing.


Recent publications

  • Hopkins BR, Sepil I, Wigby S. 2017 Seminal Fluid. Curr. Biol. 27, 404–405. pdf
  • Bath, E., Bowden, S., Peters, C., Reddy, A., Tobias, J.A., Easton-Calabria, E., Seddon, N., Goodwin, S.F., Wigby, S. 2017 Sperm and sex peptide stimulate aggression in female DrosophilaNature Ecology & Evolution. 1, 154. Open Access   News & Views
  • Sepil, I., Carazo, P., Perry, J. C., & Wigby, S. 2016. Insulin signalling mediates the response to male-induced harm in female Drosophila melanogaster. Scientific Reports, 6, 30205 Open access
  • Perry, J.C., Joag, R., Hosken, D.J., Wedell, N., Radwan, J. & Wigby, S., 2016. Experimental evolution under hyper-promiscuity in Drosophila melanogasterBMC Evolutionary Biology16 (1), p.1. Open access
  • Morimoto, J. & Wigby, S., 2016. Differential effects of male nutrient balance on pre-and post-copulatory traits, and consequences for female reproduction in Drosophila melanogasterScientific reports6, p.27673. Open access
  • Carazo, P., Green, J., Sepil, I., Pizzari, T. & Wigby, S., 2016. Inbreeding removes sex differences in lifespan in a population of Drosophila melanogasterBiology Letters12 (6), 20160337. Open access
  • Morimoto, J., Pizzari, T. & Wigby, S. 2016 Developmental environment effects on sexual selection in male and female Drosophila melanogasterPLOS One,11e0154468Open Access
  • Wigby, S., Perry, J.C., Kim, Y.-H. & Sirot, L.K. 2016 Developmental environment mediates male seminal protein investment in Drosophila melanogasterFunctional Ecology, 30, 410-419. Open Access
  • Carazo, P., Perry, J.C., Johnson, F., Pizzari, T. & Wigby, S. 2015 Related male Drosophila melanogaster reared together as larvae fight less and sire longer lived daughters. Ecology and evolution, 5, 2787-2797. Open Access
  • Bath, E., Wigby, S., Vincent, C., Tobias, J.A. & Seddon, N. 2015 Condition, not eyespan, predicts contest outcome in female stalk‐eyed flies, Teleopsis dalmanniEcology and evolution, 5, 1826-1836. Open Access
  • Carazo, P.*, Tan, C.K.W.*, Allen, F., Wigby, S., Pizzari, T. 2014 Within-group male relatedness reduces harm to females in DrosophilaNature, 505, 672–675 pdf | Nature News & Views | Altmetrics

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