aura is a PhD student at the University of Durham studying the evolution of mutualisms between ants and plants. She is supervised by Guillaume Chomicki (Univerisity of Sheffield), Andreanna Welch (University of Durham) and Carolin Koisol (University of St Andrews). She will produce a novel reference genome of the plant-farming ant species Philidris nagasau and utilize comparative genomic techniques to identify genomic differences between species with varying levels of dependence on their mutualist partners.