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Eleanor Bath

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Evolutionary biologist

I study why females fight, which I first got interested in because it seemed like most science only focused on why males fight. So really, it’s a feminist project. During my DPhil in Zoology at Oxford, studied how female stalk-eyed flies use exaggerated traits during fights, and how mating affects female fruit fly aggression. Before my DPhil, I studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where I looked at whether two related species of neriid flies could (and would) mate. I am now a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College and I’m broadly interested in sexual selection, female aggression, and animal behaviour. I have talked about my current research in the Three Minute Thesis competition, worn pirate hats at FameLab, tried my hand at science comedy at Bright Club, and danced in a couple of Dance your PhD videos

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FameLab (Oxford final):

Dance your PhD (Sperm competition…):

Blog posts: Falling Walls Fragments blog:

Enterprising Oxford blog:

Friday 27th Jan 2017, 04.15pm

What can a power ballad teach us about the sex life of a fruit fly?

Birds do it, bees do it, even the tiniest insects do it…but the sex life of certain insects might surprise you…

For this week’s episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Question podcast series, we visited a karaoke bar with Stuart Wigby, Sally le Page and Eleanor Bath from the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, to find out what a power Ballard can teach us about the sex life of a fruit...

Sex life of Fruit Flies