Evolution of sterile helpers in bees, ants and wasps

Honey bee

Explore evolutionary genetics by explaining the evolution of sterile helpers in the eusocial Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps).

This is an area of intense interest because it involves understanding evolutionary change at its most fundamental level. 

In this project, new ideas about the effect of life history on the evolution of eusociality are being tested. This aim is facilitated by new information on the phylogenetic relationships and life histories of the Hymenoptera.

Jack Da Silva


Dr Jack Da Silva

Research area: Evolutionary genetics of sex, sexes and senescence (s3)

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Molecular and Biomedical Science

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