Nalini’s paper (mentioned previously on this blog) has now been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The title of the paper is: “Bending for love: losses and gains of sexual dimorphisms are strictly correlated with changes in the mounting position of sepsid flies (Sepsidae: Diptera).”
Here are some links where you can admire the Kama Sutra of sepsid mounting behavior. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t try this at home unless you have six limbs and no internal skeleton.
All her videos (comprising of endless hours at the microscope not giving these flies any privacy whatsoever) can be found at her channel on youtube: Watch them for minutes of amusement with males pouncing, dancing, contorting and generally working very hard to gain the favour of their female partners.
Another piece of happy news: Nalini’s application for the NUS-Overseas graduate scholarship has been accepted! Congratulations Nalini for taking the first step towards a glorious future messing with shaping young minds here at NUS!