Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Kaitala, Arja
Organisation OY
Project title
Costly female ornaments and male mate choice under different light environments
Decision No. 294664
Decision date 24.05.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020
Funding 455 810
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Project description
We focus on sexual selection and the effect of light pollution on it using the common glow worm as a model organism. Experimentally and theoretically, we investigate the evolution of costly female ornaments, study fecundity costs of glowing and alternative female glowing strategies. We will also test male visual ability to see and select a female in different light conditions. Light pollution might force females to increase their glowing or it may hamper males to find females and cause local extinctions.