Planet PhD

Jim Whiting: Stickleback evolution

April 15, 2019

In this episode we chat to Jim Whiting, a postdoc now working at the University of Exeter about his work on his PhD.

Coming from a family of accountants, Jim opted instead to follow a passion for nature and completed a 4 year Zoology masters at the University of Sheffield. It was here Jim became interested in research and evolution.

We discuss Jim's PhD on understanding why wild populations of fish exhibit different immune responses, how these evolved and whether evolution is repeatable across continents 

This leads us to discuss some crazy host-parasite relationships, Jim's work on fly penises, how evolutionary genetics can make beer taste better and cheese sexuality. 

Make sure you stay to the end to hear the very niche Simpsons reference...