Associate Professor Russell Bonduriansky
BSc, MSc Guelph, PhD Toronto
ARC Future Fellow
Field of Research: 
Evolution, ecology, genetics, behaviour, insects
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3439
Room 5101, Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects


Research in our lab addresses two broad questions. First, we are interested in the dynamics and consequences of sexual coevolution. Although all sexually-reproducing populations experience sexual selection and conflict, the implications of these powerful within-population processes remain poorly understood. Second, we are interested in the effects of environment on phenotype and fitness, and the implications of such effects for evolution. To address these questions, we investigate morphological, life history and behavioural traits in insect systems. We also develop new theory.


  • The mechanisms and evolutionary implications of nongenetic inheritance
  • The genetic architecture and fitness implications of condition dependence
  • Effects of environment on lifespan and ageing
  • Sexual coevolution and sexual conflict

 See Also:

Evolutionary Biology Lab


Research Students



Scott Allen (PhD candidate) – Sexually antagonistic fitness variation in Drosophila serrata. (Primary supervisor: Steve Chenoweth, UQ)

Rebecca Vaught (PhD candidate) – Mito-nuclear interactions, x chromosomal inheritance, and sexually antagonistic evolution (Primary supervisor: Damian Dowling, Monash)


Nathan Burke (PhD candidate) – The evolution of facultative parthenogenesis

Amy Hooper (PhD candidate) – The costs of secondary sexual traits and the evolution of life histories

Erin Macartney (PhD candidate) – Condition-dependent parental effects

Zachariah Wylde (PhD candidate) – Post-copulatory sexual selection and the evolution of genitalia

Aidan Runagall-McNaull (PhD candidate) – The ecology of paternal effects

Ronda Lau (MPhil candidate) – Developmental diet and life history


Foteini Spagopoulou (PhD candidate) – Stress and parental effects (Primary supervisor: Alexei Maklakov, Uppsala)


Angela Crean, DECRA fellow (2011-2016)

Lára Hallsson, Postdoctoral fellow (2012-2013)

Claudia Fricke, Visiting postdoctoral fellow (2009-2010)

Erin Macartney, MSc (2015)

Margo Adler, PhD (2013) - Making the best of what you've got: The role of trade-offs in ageing, resource allocation and interactions of the sexes.

Elizabeth Cassidy, M.Phil. (2013) - Morphological variation and diversification in Australian neriid flies.

Eleanor Bath, Honours (2011) - Asymmetric reproductive isolation and interference in neriid flies: the roles of genital morphology and behaviour.

Alexander Sentinella, Honours (2011) - Laval nutritional geometry in Telostylinus angusticollis.

Luis Cayetano, MPhil. (2010) - Evolution of insect genetalia

Udani Chandrasoma, MPhil. (2010) - Diet, fat accumulation and fitness in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus. (Joint Supervisor with Rob Brooks)

Nori Kawasaki, Honours (2006) - Comparison of ageing in the wild and captivity of the banana stalk fly (Telostylinus angusticollis)

Chris Allister, Honours (2013) - Dietary ecology of neriff flies.

Nathan Burke, Honours (2013) - Faculative sexuality in stick insects.

Oscar (Long) Lee, Honours (2013) - Plasticity in bruchid beetles.

Aidan Runagall-McNaull, Honours (2013) - The ecology of paternal effects in neriid flies. 

Kumudika Gunaratne, Honours (2015)

Claire Santhaseelan, Honours, (2015) 



 BIOS3171 Evolution (Course Coordinator)


Publications (since 2011)

Bonduriansky, R. 2016. Book review: Evolution in Four Dimensions, by Eva Jablonka and Marion Lamb. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. USA (in press). Quarterly Review of Biology (in press).

Adler, M., Telford, M. and Bonduriansky , R. 2016. Phenotypes optimized for early-life reproduction exhibit faster somatic deterioration with age, revealing a latent cost of high condition. Journal of Evolutionary Biology (in press).

Bonduriansky, R. 2016. Sexual conflict (updated version). In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester.

Crean, A. J., Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2016. Seminal fluid and mate choice: new predictions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 253-255. 

Bonduriansky , R., Runagall-McNaull, A., and Crean, A. J. 2016. The nutritional geometry of parental effects: maternal and paternal macronutrient consumption and offspring phenotype in a neriid fly. Functional Ecology 30: 1675-1686.

Cayetano, L. and Bonduriansky , R. 2015. Condition dependence of male and female genital structures in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1364-1372. 

Rabieh, M.M., Esfandiari, M. Seraj, A.A. and Bonduriansky , R. 2015. Genital and body allometry in two species of noctuid moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 183-196. 

Oudin, M., Bonduriansky , R., Mautz, B. and Rundle, H.D. 2015. Experimental evidence of condition-dependent sexual dimorphism in the weakly dimorphic antler fly, Protopiophila litigata (Diptera: Piophilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 211-220. 

Bonduriansky , R. 2015. The evolution of insect mating systems, thirty years after (Book review: The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems, edited by David Shuker and Leigh Simmons). Evolution 69: 1358–1359 

Runagall-McNaull, A., Bonduriansky , R. and Crean, A. J. 2015. Dietary protein and lifespan across the metamorphic boundary: protein-restricted larvae develop into short-lived adults. Scientific Reports 5: 11783  

Nicovich, P.R., Macartney, E.L., Whan, R.M. and Crean, A.J. 2015. Measuring sperm movement within the female reproductive tract using Fourier analysis. Microscopy and Microanalysis 21: 256-263. 

Bonduriansky, R., Mallet, M.A., Arbuthnott, D., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V., Egozcue, J.J. and Rundle, H.D. 2015. Differential effects of genetic vs. environmental quality in Drosophila melanogaster suggest multiple forms of condition dependence. Ecology Letters 18: 317-326. 

Fricke, C., Adler, M.I., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2015. The complexity of male reproductive success: effects of nutrition, morphology and experience. Behavioral Ecology 26: 617-624. 

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 insect. Animal Behaviour 101: 117-127.

Crean, A. J., Kopps, A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Revisiting telegony: Offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate. Ecology Letters 17: 1545-1552.

Crean, A. J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. What is a paternal effect? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 554-549.

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Sexual Conflict, Lifespan and Aging, In: Rice, W.R. and Gavrilets, S., eds. The Genetics and Biology of Sexual Conflict. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology.

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Why do the well-fed appear to die young? A new evolutionary hypothesis for the effect of dietary restriction on lifespan. BioEssays 36: 439-450.

Zajitschek, F., and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Quantitative genetics of wild populations of arthropods, In: Charmantier, A., Garant, D. and Kruuk, L.E.B., eds. Quantitative Genetics in the Wild. Oxford University Press.

Patten, M.M., Ross, L., Curley, J.P., Queller, D.C, Bonduriansky, R. and Wolf, J.B. 2014. The evolution of genomic imprinting: theories, predictions, and empirical tests. Heredity 113: 119-128.

Bonduriansky, R. 2014. The ecology of sexual conflict: background mortality can modulate the effects of male manipulation on female fitness. Evolution 68: 595-604.

Cassidy, E.J., Bath, E., Chenoweth, S.F., and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Sex-specific patterns of morphological diversification: evolution of reaction norms and static allometries in neriid flies. Evolution 68: 368-383.

Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Book Review: Mating Males, An Evolutionary Perspective on Mammalian Reproduction by Tim Glover. Quarterly Review of Biology 88: 346. 

Allen, S.L., Bonduriansky, R., and Chenoweth, S.F. 2013. The genomic distribution of sex-biased genes in Drosophila serrata: X chromosome demasculinization, feminization, and hyper-expression in both sexes. Genome Biology and Evolution 5: 1986-1994. 

Sentinella, A.T., Crean, A.J., and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Dietary protein mediates a trade-off between larval survival and the development of male secondary sexual traits. Functional Ecology 27: 1134-1144. 

Reddiex, A.J., Gosden, T.P., Bonduriansky, R. and Chenoweth, S.F. 2013. Sex-specific fitness consequences of nutrient intake and the evolvability of diet preferences. The American Naturalist 182: 91-102. 

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Paternal effects on offspring fitness reflect father's social environment. Evolutionary Biology 40: 288-292. 

Adler, M.I., Cassidy, E.J., Fricke, C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. The lifespan-reproduction trade-off under dietary restriction is sex-specific and context-dependent. Experimental Gerontology 48: 539-548.  

Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Nongenetic inheritance for behavioral ecologists (Commentary on Ledon-Rettig et al.). Behavioral Ecology 24: 326-327.  

Bonduriansky, R. and Day, T. 2013 Nongenetic inheritance and the evolution of costly female preference. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 76-87.

Kopps, A.M., Bonduriansky, R., Gilchrist, A.S. and Crean, A.J. 2012. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the neriid fly Telostylinus angusticollis using MiSeq sequencing. Australian Journal of Zoology 60: 388-391. 

Bath, E., Tatarnic, N. and Bonduriansky, R. 2012. Asymmetric reproductive isolation and interference in neriid flies: the roles of genital morphology and behaviour. Animal Behaviour 84: 1331-1339. 

Hallsson, L., Chenoweth, S.F. and Bonduriansky, R. 2012. The relative importance of genetic and nongenetic inheritance in relation to trait plasticity in Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2422-2431. 

Bonduriansky, R. 2012. Rethinking heredity, again. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 330-336. 

Bonduriansky, R. , Crean,  A.J. and Day, T. 2012. The implications of nongenetic inheritance for evolution in changing environments. Evolutionary Applications 5: 192-201.

Bonduriansky, R. 2011. Sexual selection and conflict as engines of ecological diversification. The American Naturalist 178: 729-745. 

Cayetano, L., Maklakov, A.A., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. Evolution of male and female genitalia following release from sexual selection. Evolution 65: 2171-2183. 

Day, T. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. A unified approach to the evolutionary consequences of genetic and nongenetic inheritance. The American Naturalist 178: E18-E36. 

Adler, M. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. The dissimilar costs of love and war: Age-specific mortality as a function of the operational sex ratio. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1169-1177.