Anna Dewar

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Anna Dewar

Doctoral Student at the Doctoral Training Centre

Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU

I am an evolutionary biologist on the BBSRC Interdiscplinary Bioscience DTP. I am primarily interested in the evolution of social behaviours, especially those behaviours which seem to defy classical theories of natural selection.


BA Biological Sciences The Queen's College, Univeristy of Oxford (2014-2017)


2016: Laboratory based project with Professor Ashleigh Griffin in the Oxford Zoology Department. I studied social evolution using the bacterium Chromobacter violaceum. While social evolution in a lab can often seem far removed from the social behaviours of lions on an African savannah, the processes that determine the evolution of social traits in bacteria are the same. Microbes offer a way to easily manipulate environments, and designing new systems that enable a better and more relaistic study of various traits will increase our understanding of social evolutionary theory as whole.

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