Project properties

Title Sexual selection in female birds: what determines sexual dimorphism in colour, song and size?
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 30-36
Supervisor(s) Sjouke Anne Kingma
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
Contact info sjouke.kingma@wur.nl
Begin date 2020/03/10
End date 2023/03/10
Description Birds are highly variable in appearance and size and their song varies substantially. Tradionally this is seen as the result from selection on males to compete for females. Recently, sexual selection was invoked also to explain variation in elaboration of female ornamentation, size and song. Using data on all world�s bird species from handbooks, published data and an existing database, you will perform a large-scale assessment of whether sexual selection operates similarly in females as in males.
Used skills Statistical analyses; data collection; broad review writing
Requirements Broad conceptual thinking; affiliation with statistical analyses, or willingness to learn, is preferred