Miss Emily Churchill

Miss Emily Churchill

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Student investigating the effects of resource distributions on Drosophila physiology, and aggressive and reproductive behaviours


2016-2017: PGCE Secondary Biology (Sciences), University of Exeter
2014-2016: MSc (by Research) Biology, University of York
2011-2014: BSc (Hons) Biology, University of York

Professional membership

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

British Ecological Society

Research interests

My research focuses on the effect of local-scale spatial distribution of resources, using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. I am interested in understanding how varying resource distributions effect reproductive and aggressive behaviours, physiology and life histories.

This research follows on from the research that I completed towards my Masters project, where I investigated the effects of age, sperm competition and nutritional stress on Drosophila physiology and reproductive behaviours.

I am increasingly interested in how variable environments impact ecological and evolutionary processes.