Penelope Gorton

Currently Lecturer/BIO120/220 Coordinator in EEB
p.gorton@utoronto.ca
Research Interests

As part of my Master’s I used experimental evolution to examine the evolutionary consequences of sexual conflict and sexual selection. This work focused on the role of fitness variation in the outcome of female mate choice. I used fruit flies to examine how the process of laboratory adaptation may influence the outcome of sexual selection, by depleting sexually concordant fitness variation and overestimating sexually antagonistic variation.

After my master’s I worked on the evolutionary consequences of interspecific sexual conflict in nematodes in the Cutter lab; more specifically, how interspecific male harm may drive further evolution of pre-mating isolation between species. After the Cutter Lab I was an EEB lab technician (ENV 234 & Bio 250) and as of 2016 a Lecturer/BIO120/220 Coordinator in EEB.