Stuart Wigby

BBSRC David Phillips Fellow


Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the evolutionary biology of reproduction, and my research covers sexual selection, sexual conflict, speciation, sperm competition, mating and immunity, life history and ageing. I use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to investigate these topics. My current main research questions are: 1) Why are sex and ageing linked? 2) Why do some individuals have more mates than others?






Selected Publications

    • Perry, J.C., Sirot, L., and Wigby, S. 2013. The seminal symphony: how to compose an ejaculate. Trends Ecol Evol 28, 414-422.
    • Dean, R., Perry, J. C., Pizzari, T., Mank, J. E. & Wigby, S. 2012 Experimental evolution of a novel sexually antagonistic allele. PLoS Genetics. 8, e1002917.
    • Gioti, A., Wigby, S., Wertheim, B., Schuster, E., Martinez, P., Pennington, C. J., Partridge, L. & Chapman, T. 2012 Sex peptide of Drosophila melanogaster males is a global regulator of reproductive processes in females. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 279, 4423-4432.
    • Sirot, L. K., Wolfner, M. F. & Wigby, S. 2011 Protein-specific manipulation of ejaculate composition in response to female mating status in Drosophila melanogasterPNAS. 108, 9922-9926.
    • Wigby, S., Slack, C., Grönke, S., Martinez, P., Calboli, F. C. F., Chapman, T. & Partridge, L. 2011 Insulin signalling regulates remating in female DrosophilaProc. Roy. Soc B. 278, 424-431.
    • Wigby, S., Sirot, L. K., Linklater, J. R., Buehner, N., Calboli, F. C. F., Bretman, A., Wolfner, M. F. & Chapman, T. 2009 Seminal fluid protein allocation and male reproductive success. Curr. Biol. 19, 751-757.