AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

From gametes to species : genetic and non-genetic effects in parasite-mediated selection

by Joshka Kaufmann




Institution: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Department: Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakult├Ąt
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Record ID: 1109830
Full text PDF: http://macau.uni-kiel.de/receive/dissertation_diss_00016782


Abstract

The aim of my doctoral work was to investigate the role of parasites in the evolution of host defenses and reproductive barriers. I first tested how ecology and specifically parasite-mediated selection could contribute to population differentiation and speciation in three-spined stickleback ecotypes. I then worked on assessing how paternal effects of parasite infection could evolve and be expressed. This thesis is organized in three chapters, presented in the form of independent manuscripts.