studied Zoology at Sheffield (1997-2000) and, after working as a research
assistant and postman, took up a PhD at University College London (2001-2005).
After a BBSRC funded post-doc at UCL (2005-2008), I moved to Oxford on a
Lloyd’s Tercentenary Fellowship (2008-2010) and subsequently held a Welcome VIP
award (2010-2011) and a NERC fellowship (2013-2014). In 2014 I took up a BBSRC
David Phillips fellowship.
I have taught various subjects including: Animal Behaviour; Animal Biology; Evolution and Systematics; Statistics; Population Biology; Behaviour and Evolution; Advanced Behavioural Ecology; Sex, Genes and Evolution; Biology of Ageing; Genes to Organisms.
Awards and distinctions
Trust ISSF (Institutional Strategic Support Fund) award
2014 - 2019: BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship
2013 - 2016: NERC Research Fellowship
2013 - 2015: John Fell Fund Award
2010 - 2011: Wellcome Trust VIP Award
2009 - 2011: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) Research Grant
2008 - 2010: Lloyd’s Tercentenary Foundation Fellowship
2008: Human Frontier Science Foundation Short-Term Fellowship
- 2018: Bath, E., Morimoto, J., & Wigby, S.The developmental environment modulates mating-induced aggression and fighting success in adult female Drosophila. Functional Ecology, In Press
- 2017: Le Page, S., Sepil, I., Flintham, E., Pizzari, T., Carazo, P., Wigby, S. Male relatedness and familiarity are required to modulate male-induced harm to females in Drosophila. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284: 20170441.
- 2017: Bath, E., Bowden, S., Peters, C., Reddy, A., Tobias, J. A., Easton-Calabria, E., Seddon, N., Goodwin S. F., & Wigby, S. Sperm and sex peptide stimulate aggression in female Drosophila. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 154 [News & Views in Nature Ecol & Evol 1, 174]
- 2017: Hopkins, B., Sepil, I., & Wigby, S. Seminal Fluid. Current Biology, 27 (11), R404-R405
- 2016: Wigby, S., Perry, J.C., Kim, Y.-H. & Sirot, L.K. Developmental environment mediates male seminal protein investment in Drosophila melanogaster. Functional Ecology, 30, 410-419
I am broadly interested in the evolutionary biology of reproduction, and my research covers sexual selection, sexual conflict, speciation, sperm competition, mating and immunity, life history and ageing.
I use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to investigate these topics. My current main research questions are:
- Why are sex and ageing linked?
- Why do some individuals have more mates than others?