Swanne Gordon

Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Jyväskylä

Evolutionary Ecologist

'Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it'---Maya Angelou


I am a Canadian evolutionary biologist/behavioural ecologist whose research interests aims to explore the following underlying questions: why is there diversity in nature, and how is it maintained?


I am currently an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Johanna Mappes’s group at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Our research here mainly uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the selective forces maintaining colour polymorphism in the aposematic wood tiger moth Arctia plantaginis. My own specific research focuses on how interactions, such as a trade-off between natural and sexual selection, may drive diversity in systems under positive frequency dependent selection.


Before I started studying colour polymorphisms in insects, I had been studying Trinidadian guppies Poecilia reticulata, to elucidate the mechanisms behind rapid adaptation to environmental changes. My research here tested adaptive theories of guppy evolution, either by competing introduced populations with their ancestral populations in their novel environments (in my MSc at McGill University with Prof. Andrew Hendry), or longitudinal individual-based monitoring of introduced individuals to study the rapid evolution of colour and sex linkage (in my PhD at the University of California, Riverside with David Reznick). Both sets of topics are ongoing.


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