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Dr Samuel Lymbery

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 (+44) 1326 259384

 SERSF 

 

Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Overview

I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in social evolution and sexual selection. I am particularly interested in the causes and consequences of competition, conflict and cooperation at multiple levels of biological organisation, although so far my research has been at the organismal level. For my PhD, I explored the consequences of the social environment for male harmfulness and female fitness in seed beetles. For my current position, I will be investigating the fitness trade-offs involved in DDT resistance gene under sexually antagonistic selection in Drosophila simulans, working with Prof David Hosken and Prof Nina Wedell.

Outside of work, I enjoy mythology, reading, board games and sport (particularly squash and both the English and Australian varieties of football).

Qualifications

PhD Zoology, The University of Western Australia (2019)

BSc Hons Zoology and Conservation Biology, The University of Western Australia (2014)

BSc Zoology and Conservation Biology, The University of Western Australia (2013)

Career

2020 Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of Exeter

2015 to 2019 PhD at The University of Western Australia

2015 & 2019 Research Assistant at The University of Western Australia

2011 to 2014 Bachelors and Honours Degrees at the University of Western Australia

2010 to 2013 & 2019 Research Assistant at Murdoch University

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Research

Research interests

I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in social evolution and sexual selection. I am particularly interested in the causes and consequences of competition, conflict and cooperation at multiple levels of biological organisation, although so far my research has been at the organismal level. For my PhD, I explored the consequences of the social environment for male harmfulness and female fitness in seed beetles. For my current position, I will be investigating the fitness trade-offs involved in DDT resistance gene under sexually antagonistic selection in Drosophila simulans, working with Prof David Hosken and Prof Nina Wedell. This work will include the effect of the social environment on the expression fo sexual conflict, and emergent population-level effects. Please also contact me if you are interested in collaborating on any work in the broad areas of social evolution and sexual selection that you think I could usefully be involved in.

You can also read more about my research interests at my personal website.

Research projects

Pesticide resistance, sexual conflict and population-level effects on fitness in fruit flies.

The social environment and the outcome of sexual conflict.

Research networks

Prof David Hosken (The University of Exeter)
Prof Nina Wedell (The University of Exeter)
Prof Leigh Simmons (The University of Western Australia)
Assoc Prof Joseph Tomkins (The University of Western Australia)
Prof Raphael Didham (The University of Western Australia and CSIRO)
Prof Stephen Hopper (The University of Western Australia)
Assoc Prof Alan Lymbery (Murdoch University)

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Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Lymbery SJ, Wyber B, Tomkins JL, Simmons LW (2020). No evidence for divergence in male harmfulness or female resistance in response to changes in the opportunity for dispersal. J Evol Biol, 33(7), 966-978. Abstract.  Author URL.
Lymbery SJ, Simmons LW (2019). Gustatory cues to kinship among males moderate the productivity of females. Behavioral Ecology Abstract.
Lymbery SJ, Tomkins JL, Simmons LW (2019). Male responses to sperm competition when rivals vary in number and familiarity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1895), 20182589-20182589. Abstract.
Simmons LW, Lovegrove M, Lymbery SJ (2018). Dietary antioxidants, but not courtship effort, affect oxidative balance in the testes and muscles of crickets. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(20). Abstract.
Lymbery SJ, Simmons LW (2017). Males harm females less when competing with familiar relatives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1867). Abstract.
Lymbery SJ, Didham RK, Hopper SD, Simmons LW (2016). Mutualists or parasites? Context-dependent influence of symbiotic fly larvae on carnivorous investment in the albany pitcher plant. Royal Society Open Science, 3(11). Abstract.

Publications by year


2020

Lymbery SJ, Wyber B, Tomkins JL, Simmons LW (2020). No evidence for divergence in male harmfulness or female resistance in response to changes in the opportunity for dispersal. J Evol Biol, 33(7), 966-978. Abstract.  Author URL.

2019

Lymbery SJ, Simmons LW (2019). Gustatory cues to kinship among males moderate the productivity of females. Behavioral Ecology Abstract.
Lymbery SJ, Tomkins JL, Simmons LW (2019). Male responses to sperm competition when rivals vary in number and familiarity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1895), 20182589-20182589. Abstract.

2018

Simmons LW, Lovegrove M, Lymbery SJ (2018). Dietary antioxidants, but not courtship effort, affect oxidative balance in the testes and muscles of crickets. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(20). Abstract.

2017

Lymbery SJ, Simmons LW (2017). Males harm females less when competing with familiar relatives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1867). Abstract.

2016

Lymbery SJ, Didham RK, Hopper SD, Simmons LW (2016). Mutualists or parasites? Context-dependent influence of symbiotic fly larvae on carnivorous investment in the albany pitcher plant. Royal Society Open Science, 3(11). Abstract.

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