Plants often receive pollen grain from unrelated individuals.

Pollen grains can compete for fertilisation, and females can potentially choose pollen grains with some genotypes over others.

In this project, you will carry out pollen competition experiments and explore patterns of molecular evolution in genes expressed preferentially in pollen versus in female reproductive traits.

Background in evolution, genetics, and statistics is highly encouraged, and molecular biology knowledge would be an advantage.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos