While I share an interest in all aspects of ecology, I am predominantly drawn to the evolutionary process of sexually antagonistic selection. The study species for my MSc thesis is the Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus, for which long-term data is available. My thesis deals with intralocus sexual conflicts in the song of Great Reed Warblers. The goals of my thesis are three:
Already through my thesis, I have helped to the creation of a new computer program which has for goal the analysis and comparison of song repertoire size within and between recordings. The program automatically separates each syllable, determines its ambiguity domain and its time-frequency domain (see the figure) and compares them to previously chosen reference syllables in order to help in the determination of song repertoire size.