Maria Modanu

Graduate Rotation Student

Email: mm2474 [at]

I am a PhD student in the Department of Neurobiology & Behaviour, and I did a rotation in the Douglas lab for the spring semester of 2013/14. I am interested in the proximate mechanisms of mate choice and how microbiota can affect mating preferences in Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. I received my Masters at the University of Toronto with Dr. Maydianne Andrade studying sexual selection and development in Latrodectus (black widow) spiders, and my BSc (Hons) with Dr. Peter Hurd at the University of Alberta applying predictions of game theory models of aggressive behaviour to Drosophila contests.

We wish Maria every success with her graduate studies on bark beetle mating behavior, supervised by Professor Kern Reeve in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.