Amanda Franklin

Tufts University
Animal Behaviour and Evolution
2012 Fulbright S&T Fellow

Amanda Franklin will undertake a PhD in animal behavior at Tufts University in Boston.  She will use a charismatic marine species, the mantis shrimp, to address research questions related to sexual selection theory.  Specifically, she will investigate potential mechanisms of sexual conflict including both molecular and morphological adaptations.  Studies researching such conflicts can have a huge impact on evolutionary biology, including the evolution of reproductive strategies, the maintenance of genetic variation and the process of ageing.

She aims to become a successful animal behaviour researcher. Her interests are in the evolution of mating strategies and how reproductive behaviours may relate to endangered species survival and sustainable fishing practices. She recently completed the Master of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, Australia where she researched reproductive behaviour in the dumpling squid. This provided her with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding reproductive theory. Her Masters research was rewarded with student awards from the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour and the Victorian Marine Science Consortium. Amanda enjoys learning about the environment and as such was a presenter on a marine radio program and has volunteered with the Harnas Wildlife Foundation program in Namibia. She also enjoys volunteering at the Marine Discovery Centre, travelling, photography and learning French.