Ellen Pasternack

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Ellen Pasternack

DPhil Interdisciplinary Bioscience
Doctoral Training Centre

Keble College,
Parks Road,
Oxford OX1 3PG



My academic focus is the behavioural ecology of reproduction, and sexually antagonistic coevolution. In particular, I am interested in frameworks that consider the role of females as active agents with their own evolutionary interests, as opposed to passive objects for which males compete. My DPhil research project will investigate postcopulatory sperm choice by female fowl, Gallus gallus.

In addition to my own research, I am very involved in science communication. As a writer and editor I have contributed to many publications, including two terms as magazine editor for The Oxford Scientist and a year as science editor for Bluestocking. I have also worked as a science tutor, and as an outreach volunteer for Oxford Hands on Science.