Week 07: Does transgenderism exist in nature? Some examples in birds and insects

Being transgender myself, I have often wondered if there are similar manifestations of gender expression in other species. This discussion seemed like the perfect place to explore this topic. There were quite a few papers to choose from. I picked two papers about birds, and one about insects because I felt that they provided the … Continue reading Week 07: Does transgenderism exist in nature? Some examples in birds and insects

Week 06: Sequential Hermaphroditism (or why to be wary of frog DNA)

Last week, we discussed one type of hermaphroditism: simultaneous (also known as synchronous) hermaphroditism, in which an individual produces both eggs and sperm at the same time (see Serena’s awesome blog post here for more info!) This week, we moved on to the other type of hermaphroditism: sequential hermaphroditism. A sequential hermaphrodite is an individual … Continue reading Week 06: Sequential Hermaphroditism (or why to be wary of frog DNA)