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Amanda Franklin

University of Melbourne, Australia, BSc, 2008
University of Melbourne, Australia, MSc, 2011

In the marine world there are a huge range of fascinating reproductive behaviors, from sexual cannibalism to traumatic insemination and mass lunar spawning. I am a PhD student interested in researching reproductive behaviors of marine animals in relation to sexual selection theory.

My PhD research will investigate copulatory signaling behaviors in mantis shrimps (Order: Stomatopoda). These primarily tropical shrimp can be very brightly colored and have the ability to see in the visible and UV spectrum as well as linearly and circularly polarized light. Visual signaling is likely to be an important reproductive behavior in many mantis shrimp species, however it remains largely unstudied.

Previously, I have completed a Master's degree where I worked with Dr Devi Stuart-Fox to research costs of mating in dumpling squid. We assessed three costs: energetic, predation and lifespan. The results from these experiments provide information on the evolution of multiple mating.
 

A male dumpling squid (right) transferring spermatophores to female
 

Mantis shrimp (Neogonodactylus curacaoensis)
 

Publications:

Franklin AM, Squires ZE, Stuart-Fox D, 2012. The energetic cost of mating in a promiscuous cephalopod. Biology Letters 8:754-756.

Franklin AM, O'Hara TD, 2008. A new species in the genus Ophiomyxa from South-west Australian waters (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Ophiomyxidae). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 65: 57-62.