Academics: Faculty

Aditi Pai, Ph.D.

Science Building, Room 269, Biology Department

Title: Associate Professor  | Began Teaching at Spelman in 2006 | Download Dr. Pai's CV

2001 Ph.D., Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
1995 M.S.,   Ecology, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India   
1993 B.Sc,   Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Zoology, St. Joseph College

Course(s) Taught:

  • Bio 110: Biological communities and populations
  • Bio 325: Evolution in action
  • Bio 425: Ecology
  • Bio 100: Biology of women
  • Bio 285-485: Sophomore Senior seminar
  • Bio 487: Research methods in evolution
  • FYE 101-102: First Year Experience

Selected Publication(s):

Zhong D., A. Pai and G.Yan. 2005. Costly resistance to parasitism: evidence from simultaneous quantitative trait loci mapping for resistance and fitness. "Genetics" 169: 2127-2135.

Pai, A., L. Bennett and G. Yan. 2005. Female multiple mating for fertility assurance in red flour beetles?"Canadian Journal of Zoology." 83: 913-919.

Current Grant Support:

RIMI Program, Spelman College

Research Interests:

My interests are in the general area of evolutionary biology and ecology and specifically in the area of behavioral ecology and host-parasite evolution.

Recent studies have shown a variety of ways in which a ‘battle of the sexes’ plays out between males and females of different species, and how each sex tries to manipulate the other to protect their own reproductive interests. My research uses the red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) to study female multiple mating behavior and the conflict of interests between the sexes. The results of this research will yield insights into the evolution of reproductive biology and perhaps even speciation.

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