POSTER INSTRUCTIONS S3 2014

Topics: Male, Female, Sex Pages: 7 (922 words) Published: January 17, 2015
POSTER INSTRUCTIONS – S2 2014

1. Please choose one of two research topics (don’t forget to select in iLearn). a. Mate location/choice in the false garden mantis, Pseudomantis albofimbriata b. Mate choice in the lizard, Platysaurus broadleyi

2. Become familiar with the appropriate data set and the associated statistics (see Appendix). Make sure you attend the relevant tutorials. 3. Look at the example posters online and around the Biology department, read the poster summary and poster rubric provided in iLearn. 4. Remember you and your partner are the researchers and this is your data set, so you should be the authors on the poster. You should also be putting everything into your own words. 5. Write your methods from the information provided for each topic (see Appendix). DO NOT CUT AND PASTE! This needs to be in your own words. You do not need to include all dot points, only what you deem relevant. 6. Begin writing the results – make sure you base these on the statistics. Don’t forget to create graphs for the display of results on your poster. DO NOT INCLUDE RAW DATA! 7. Research the ‘big picture’ topic, the more specific topic, and then write the introduction/background to your study. Don’t forget to include your aims. 8. Finally, write your discussion/conclusion by interpreting the results and linking back to the introduction. 9. Find appropriate photos to include (credit the photographer/website) and come up with a great title. 10. Add a reference list and in-text citations.

11. An abstract is not necessary.
12. Don’t forget to look at your feedback in GradeMark once it is released!!

APPENDIX 1 – MATE LOCATION/CHOICE IN PRAYING MANTIDS
Methods
juveniles collected from Kuringai Bicentennial Park and Yamba Reserve in Sydney from January - February 2013. housed individually within well-ventilated 425 mL transparent cups in the laboratory. lab temperature of 24-26 C and a diurnal period of 14 light hours per day. all juvenile mantids were placed into one of two feeding treatments: ‘L’ (low quantity) or ‘H’ (high quantity) treatment. low-quantity feeding treatment was given one small cricket (mean cricket body mass = 0.037  0.003 g, n = 50) three times a week, high-quantity treatment was fed three small crickets three times a week. pronotum length of all male mantids was recorded after the final moult (electronic calipers), and used as a measure of body size. male antennal length was also measured using calipers.

After the final moult into adulthood, males were placed on the intermediate feeding regime of two small crickets three times per week, and remained on this diet until mate choice trials (approximately ~ 4 weeks). experiments carried out in two large field enclosures (6 × 4 × 3 m) on the Macquarie University campus in March 2013. ten small cages (30 × 20 cm diameter) – eight containing virgin females in good condition and two empty control cages – were placed around the interior perimeter of each enclosure. ten adult males randomly chosen from the lab population were released onto foliage in the centre of each enclosure (n = 20 males total). cages checked for males three times a day (7am, 2pm, 10pm) over a three-day period. males found on a cage were deemed successful, and the latency to success was also calculated. Does feeding treatment affect the success of males in mate location? Is the latency to find a female affected by male feeding treatment? What morphological traits might explain these results? MALE ID

MALE TREATMENT
MALE SIZE (mm)
MALE ANTENNA LENGTH (mm)
MALE SUCCESS
LATENCY
TO
LOCATE (hours)
10
H
13.790
29.570
Y
15.00
12
H
14.110
28.330
Y
15.00
15
H
13.540
28.300
Y
15.00
20
H
13.210
31.900
Y
21.00
23
H
14.460
34.960
Y
15.00
24
H
13.310
31.000
Y
15.00
30
H
13.340
31.330
Y
15.00
35
H
14.020
32.290
Y
15.00
38
H
13.830
32.780
Y
15.00
41
H
14.600
34.800
Y
15.00
51
L
11.870
26.770
Y
51.00
52
L
14.140
31.970
Y...
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