Qinmei Zhongaffiliated with the university
My research centers the evolution of sexual and genetic conflicts. To study these conflicts, I am going to utilize samples and data from a long-term study of Great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) at Lake Kvismaren. In particular, I will focus on sexually selected traits, the genomic features and the associations to reproductive success.
The project outline comprises:
- Genome-wide association study (GWAS).
- Parentage analyses to reveal the extra-pair offsprings.
- Assignment test to reveal genotypic origin of immigrants.
- Whole-genome screening (re-sequencing) to characterize the genome and associate the genomic features to fitness.
- Comparative genomics to other related warblers.
Hopefully, the sexual and genetic conflicts and their evolutionary consequences can be better understood.