[JESYKA MELENDEZ]

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RESEARCH DESCRIPTION

My research interests encompass the broad field of behavioral ecology, particularly mating systems and mate choice. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how mating system structure influences resulting mate choice patterns. To address this question, I use a holistic approach that integrates field and laboratory methods to examine the role of Major Histocompatibility Complex genes (MHC) in mate choice. By studying the sympatric, closely related, ecologically similar, but behaviorally distinct monogamous California mouse and promiscuous brush mouse, I aim to elucidate mating system specific patterns of MHC-mediated mate choice.