Sergio Ávila Calero

PhD Student

Sergio Avila
© WWU - MGSE

Research Groups Evolution and Sexual Conflict and
Animal Evolutionary Ecology
Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity
Hüfferstrasse 1
D-48149 Münster, Germany

s_avil01@uni-muenster.de

Nationality: Bolivian

Education

  • Since 2015:
    PhD at the Evolution and Sexual Conflict Group and the Animal Evolutionary Ecology Group, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster, Germany
  • 2007 – 2014:
    Studies in Biology (Licenciatura), Facultad de Ciencias Puras y Naturales, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Work Experience

  • 2014 – 2015:
    Genotoxicity analyses in Drosophila melanogaster model. Instituto de Biología Molecular y Biotecnología, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia
  • 2011 – 2013:
    Center for Pest Research and Biological Control. Instituto de Investigaciones Fármaco-Bioquímicas, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia
  • 2008 – 2011:
    Invertebrates Department. Colección Boliviana de Fauna, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Supervisors

  • Dr. Claudia Fricke, Evolution and Sexual Conflict, Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • Dr Sophie Armitage, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Joachim Kurtz, Animal Evolutionary Ecology Group, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schlatt, Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology, University Hospital Münster

Research Interests

  • Immune system evolution
  • Animal behavior
  • Entomology
  • Insect biological control

PhD Project description

Mating causes a number of changes in female and male physiology and one of the most puzzling is the activation of immune genes. What adaptive significance could this immune activation have? Is it a naturally selected preemptive response to potential injuries or pathogens that could be received at mating, or a way to endow offspring with a protective advantage? Alternatively, are they sexually selected responses to the opposite sex’s signals? With the proposed PhD project I would like to study the interface between reproduction and immunity, two fundamental life history traits, and integrate questions directed at the natural- and sexual-selection hypotheses using Drosophila melanogaster as my model species.

Publications

Piacentini LN, Calero SL, Perez ME & Grismado CJ (2013) The first palpimanid spiders from bolivia: Two new species of the genus otiothops MacLeay, and the female of fernandezina pulchra biraben (araneae: Palpimanidae: Otiothopinae). Zootaxa 3619: 491-500. 10.11646/zootaxa.3619.4.6 [doi]