Nathan-Burke
Nathan Burke
Field of Research: 
Evolution of parthenogenesis, paradox of sex
Contact details:
Office: 
Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

My research investigates why costly sexual reproduction is so common in the animal kingdom. I am particularly interested in understanding how sexual conflict promotes or prevents the evolution of facultative strategies that incorporate both sexual and asexual reproduction.

I use the facultatively parthenogenetic spiny leaf stick insect (Extatosoma tiaratum) and Hurricane Larry stick insect (Sipyloidea larryi) as model organisms to investigate these ideas empirically, and individual-based modelling to generate new theory.

Supervisor: Professor Russell Bonduriansky

See also: nathwilliamb.com 

IN THE MEDIA

http://theconversation.com/if-you-could-clone-yourself-would-you-still-have-sex-37514.

https://vimeo.com/123792957

http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=487772365822756;res=IELHSS

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26955-zoologger-insect-females-hell-bent-on-wiping-out-males/

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/female-walking-stick-produces-anti-aphrodisiac-repel-males/

PUBLICATIONS

Burke, N. W, Crean, A. J and Bonduriansky, R. 2015. The role of sexual conflict in the evolution of facultative parthenogenesis: a study on the spiny leaf stick insectAnimal Behaviour 101: 117-127.

Burke, N. W, and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Sexual conflict, facultative asexuality, and the true paradox of sex. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32: 646-652.

Burke, N. W, and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Male coercion, female resistance, and the evolutionary trap of sexual reproduction. bioRxiv doi: http://dx.doi.org/ 276 10.1101/146076.