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Josie Plachta
Laboratory Technician


I am Laboratory Technician with the Biosciences department, working within the teaching lab and DDM, SERSF, and ESI research labs.

My role in the teaching lab involves assisting with field trips, teaching lab practicals and field trips in bioscience modules, and daily running of the lab.

In the research side of my role, I assist the lab manager in the ESI building, primarily involving H&S and lab maintenance. I also work in the SERSF and DDM buildings, including taking part in research within the groups there. This research spans various topics in evolutionary biology, including sexual conflict, intra-genomic conflict, pesticide resistance evolution, and sexual selection.

Prior to this role, I was enrolled as a student in this department; I undertook an MSc Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology course and a BSc Zoology course here in 2014.

I have completed two major research projects in my time here. Firstly, as an undergrad, I investigated the fitness consequences of inheriting a pesticide resistance allele either maternally, paternally, both or neither to sons and daughters of Drosophila melanogaster. Secondly, I tested the assumptions of Fisher’s model of sexual selection via genetic correlation by investigating the costs to choosiness in Drosophila simulans. Please see my website for further details.

My future goals are driven towards working within the research community, ideally within evolutionary biology and/or genetics for example as a lab manager for a research group working within these fields.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Sexual Selection
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Bioinformatics


MSc Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology (University of Exeter, 2015)
BSc with Hons Zoology (University of Exeter, 2014)


Contact details

AddressDaphne du Maurier Building
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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