Lee Rollins

Scientia Fellow

My research uses genetic and epigenetic data to examine population and evolutionary processes. Specifically, my research group investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying rapid evolution often seen in invasive populations and provides information used to improve the management of invasive and conserved species.

Our invasive species research is focused on cane toads and starlings but we also have projects on a variety of species in the context of conservation. I am a member of the starling genome consortium and the cane toad genome consortium.

I am a Scientia Fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and a member of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW. I am also the Treasurer of the Genetics Society of Australasia and the GSA representative for Science and Technology Australia.

Education

PhD Conservation Genetics, UNSW, 2009

Master of Marine Science, UNSW, 2001

Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, 1987

Publications

Journal articles
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Zhou J; Nelson TM; Rodriguez Lopez C; Sarma RR; Zhou SJ; Rollins LA, 2020, 'A comparison of nonlethal sampling methods for amphibian gut microbiome analyses', Molecular Ecology Resources, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1755-0998.13139
2020
Selechnik D; Richardson MF; Shine R; DeVore JL; Ducatez S; Rollins LA, 2019, 'Increased Adaptive Variation Despite Reduced Overall Genetic Diversity in a Rapidly Adapting Invader', Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2019.01221
2019
Selechnik D; Richardson MF; Shine R; Brown GP; Rollins LA, 2019, 'Immune and environment-driven gene expression during invasion: An eco-immunological application of RNA-Seq', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, pp. 6708 - 6721, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5249
2019
Martin LB; Addison BA; Bean AGD; Buchanan KL; Crino OL; Eastwood JR; Flies AS; Hamede R; Hill GE; Klaassen M; Koch RE; Martens JM; Napolitano C; Narayan EJ; Peacock L; Peel AJ; Peters A; Raven N; Risely A; Roast MJ; Rollins LA; Ruiz-Aravena M; Selechnik D; Stokes HS; Ujvari B; Grogan LF, 2019, 'Extreme Competence: Keystone Hosts of Infections', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 34, pp. 303 - 314, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2018.12.009
2019
Ward-Fear G; Brown GP; Pearson DJ; West A; Rollins LA; Shine R, 2018, 'The ecological and life history correlates of boldness in free-ranging lizards', Ecosphere, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2125
2018
Russo AG; Eden JS; Tuipulotu DE; Shi M; Selechnik D; Shine R; Rollins LA; Holmes EC; White PA, 2018, 'Viral discovery in the invasive Australian cane toad (Rhinella marina) using metatranscriptomic and genomic approaches', Journal of Virology, vol. 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JVI.00768-18
2018
Cardilini APA; Sherman CDH; Sherwin WB; Rollins LA, 2018, 'Simulated Disperser Analysis: Determining the number of loci required to genetically identify dispersers', PeerJ, vol. 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4573
2018
Edwards RJ; Tuipulotu DE; Amos TG; O'Meally D; Richardson MF; Russell TL; Vallinoto M; Carneiro M; Ferrand N; Wilkins MR; Sequeira F; Rollins LA; Holmes EC; Shine R; White PA, 2018, 'Draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad, Rhinella marina', GigaScience, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giy095
2018
Bolton PE; Rollins LA; Brazill-Boast J; Maute KL; Legge S; Austin JJ; Griffith SC, 2018, 'Genetic diversity through time and space: diversity and demographic history from natural history specimens and serially sampled contemporary populations of the threatened Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae)', Conservation Genetics, vol. 19, pp. 737 - 754, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10592-018-1051-1
2018
Andrew SC; Awasthy M; Bolton PE; Rollins LA; Nakagawa S; Griffith SC, 2018, 'The genetic structure of the introduced house sparrow populations in Australia and New Zealand is consistent with historical descriptions of multiple introductions to each country', Biological Invasions, vol. 20, pp. 1507 - 1522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-017-1643-6
2018
Richardson MF; Sherwin WB; Rollins LA, 2017, 'De Novo Assembly of the Liver Transcriptome of the European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris', Journal of Genomics, vol. 5, pp. 54 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.7150/jgen.19504
2017
Selechnik D; Rollins LA; Brown GP; Kelehear C; Shine R, 2017, 'The things they carried: The pathogenic effects of old and new parasites following the intercontinental invasion of the Australian cane toad (Rhinella marina)', International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, vol. 6, pp. 375 - 385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2016.12.001
2017
Eastwood JR; Ribot RFH; Rollins LA; Buchanan KL; Walder K; Bennett ATD; Berg ML, 2017, 'Host heterozygosity and genotype rarity affect viral dynamics in an avian subspecies complex', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-13476-z
2017
Selechnik D; West AJ; Brown GP; Fanson KV; Addison BA; Rollins LA; Shine R, 2017, 'Effects of invasion history on physiological responses to immune system activation in invasive Australian cane toads', PeerJ, vol. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3856
2017
Richardson MF; Sequeira F; Selechnik D; Carneiro M; Vallinoto M; Reid JG; West AJ; Crossland MR; Shine R; Rollins LA, 2017, 'Improving amphibian genomic resources: a multi-tissue reference transcriptome of an iconic invader', GigaScience, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/gix114
2017
Bolton PE; Rollins LA; Brazill-Boast J; Kim KW; Burke T; Griffith SC, 2017, 'The colour of paternity: extra-pair paternity in the wild Gouldian finch does not appear to be driven by genetic incompatibility between morphs', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 30, pp. 174 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12997
2017
McDonald PG; Rollins LA; Godfrey S, 2016, 'The relative importance of spatial proximity, kin selection and potential ‘greenbeard’ signals on provisioning behaviour among helpers in a cooperative bird', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 70, pp. 133 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s0026
2016
McDonald PG; Rollins LA; Godfrey S, 2016, 'The relative importance of spatial proximity, kin selection and potential ‘greenbeard’ signals on provisioning behaviour among helpers in a cooperative bird', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 70, pp. 133 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s0026
2016
Rollins LA; Richardson MF; Shine R, 2016, 'A GENETIC PERSPECTIVE ON RAPID EVOLUTION IN CANE TOADS (RHINELLA MARINA)', in Barrett SC H; Colautti RI; Dlugosch KM; Rieseberg LH (ed.), Invasion Genetics The Baker and Stebbins Legacy, John Wiley & Sons, Chicester, West Sussex, pp. 313 - 327, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119072799
2016
van Rooij EP; Rollins LA; Holleley CE; Griffith SC, 2016, 'Extra-pair paternity in the long-tailed finch Poephila acuticauda', PeerJ, vol. 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1550
2016
Campbell S; Roberts EJ; Craemer R; Pacioni C; Rollins L; Woolnough AP, 2016, 'Assessing the economic benefits of starling detection and control to Western Australia', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 23, pp. 81 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2015.1028486
2016
Bolton PE; West AJ; Cardilini APA; Clark JA; Maute KL; Legge S; Brazill-Boast J; Griffith SC; Rollins LA, 2016, 'Three molecular markers show no evidence of population genetic structure in the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae)', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0167723
2016
Sherman CDH; Lotterhos KE; Richardson MF; Tepolt CK; Rollins LA; Palumbi SR; Miller AD, 2016, 'What are we missing about marine invasions? Filling in the gaps with evolutionary genomics', Marine Biology, vol. 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-016-2961-4
2016
Bolton PE; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2016, 'Colour polymorphism is likely to be disadvantageous to some populations and species due to genetic architecture and morph interactions', Molecular Ecology, vol. 25, pp. 2713 - 2718, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13632
2016
Rollins LA; Woolnough AP; Fanson BG; Cummins ML; Crowley TM; Wilton AN; Sinclair R; Butler A; Sherwin WB, 2016, 'Selection on mitochondrial variants occurs between and within individuals in an expanding invasion', Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol. 33, pp. 995 - 1007, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msv343
2016
McDonald PG; Rollins LA; Godfrey S, 2016, 'The relative importance of spatial proximity, kin selection and potential ‘greenbeard’ signals on provisioning behaviour among helpers in a cooperative bird', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 70, pp. 133 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-015-2032-8
2016
Nomano FY; Browning LE; Savage JL; Rollins LA; Griffith SC; Russell AF, 2015, 'Unrelated helpers neither signal contributions nor suffer retribution in chestnut-crowed babblers', Behavioral Ecology, vol. 26, pp. 986 - 995, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arv023
2015
Rollins LA; Whitehead MR; Woolnough A; Sinclair R; Sherwin WB, 2015, 'Is there evidence of selection in the dopamine receptor D4 gene in Australian invasive starling populations.', Current Zoology, vol. 61, pp. 505 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/czoolo/61.3.505
2015
Bolton PE; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2015, 'The danger within: The role of genetic, behavioural and ecological factors in population persistence of colour polymorphic species', Molecular Ecology, vol. 24, pp. 2907 - 2915, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13201
2015
Warrington MH; Rollins LA; Russell AF; Griffith SC, 2015, 'Sequential polyandry through divorce and re-pairing in a cooperatively breeding bird reduces helper-offspring relatedness', Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 69, pp. 1311 - 1321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00265-015-1944-7
2015
Chao A; Jost L; Hsieh TC; Ma KH; Sherwin WB; Rollins LA, 2015, 'Expected Shannon entropy and Shannon differentiation between subpopulations for neutral genes under the finite island model', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0125471
2015
Rollins LA, 2015, 'Progress and challenges in genetics and invasion', Current Zoology, vol. 61, pp. 454 - 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/czoolo/61.3.454
2015
Pryke SR; Rollins LA; Griffith SC; Buttemer WA, 2015, 'Retracted to Experimental evidence that maternal corticosterone controls adaptive offspring sex ratios[Journal of Computational Chemistry, 29, 6, (2015), 1723] DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12232', Functional Ecology, vol. 29, pp. 861, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12497
2015
Rollins LA; Richardson MF; Shine R, 2015, 'A genetic perspective on rapid evolution in cane toads (Rhinella marina)', Molecular Ecology, vol. 24, pp. 2264 - 2276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13184
2015
McCowan LSC; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2014, 'Personality in captivity: More exploratory males reproduce better in an aviary population', Behavioural Processes, vol. 107, pp. 150 - 157, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.020
2014
Pryke SR; Rollins LA; Griffith SC; Buttemer WA, 2014, 'Experimental evidence that maternal corticosterone controls adaptive offspring sex ratios', Functional Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12232
2014
Warrington MH; McDonald PG; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2014, 'All signals are not equal: Acoustic signalling of individuality, sex and breeding status in a cooperative breeder', Animal Behaviour, vol. 93, pp. 249 - 260, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.05.007
2014
Lindholm AK; Head ML; Brooks RC; Rollins LA; Ingleby FC; Zajitschek SRK, 2014, 'Causes of male sexual trait divergence in introduced populations of guppies', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 27, pp. 437 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jeb.12313
2014
Warrington MH; Rollins LA; Raihani NJ; Russell AF; Griffith SC, 2013, 'Genetic monogamy despite variable ecological conditions and social environment in the cooperatively breeding apostlebird', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 3, pp. 4669 - 4682, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.844
2013
Nomano FY; Browning L; Rollins LA; Nakagawa S; Griffith SC; Russell AF, 2013, 'Feeding nestlings does not function as a signal of social prestige incooperatively breeding chestnut-crowned babblers', Animal Behaviour, vol. 86, pp. 277 - 289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.05.015
2013
Kopps AM; McDonald P; Rollins LA, 2013, 'Isolation and characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci for Noisy Miners Manorina melanocephala, with successful cross-amplification in Bell Miners M. melanophrys', Conservation Genetics Resources, vol. 5, pp. 39 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12686-012-9727-1
2013
Rollins LA; Moles AT; Lam S; Buitenwerf R; Buswell JM; Brandenburger CR; Flores-Moreno H; Nielsen KB; Couchman E; Brown GS; Thomson FJ; Hemmings F; Frankham R; Sherwin WB, 2013, 'High genetic diversity is not essential for successful introduction', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 3, pp. 4501 - 4517, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.824
2013
Browning L; Patrick SC; Rollins LA; Griffith SC; Russell AF, 2012, 'Kin selection, not group augmentation, predicts helping in an obligate cooperatively breeding bird', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B - Biological Sciences, vol. 279, pp. 3861 - 3869, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.1080
2012
Rollins LA; Svedin N; Pryke SR; Griffith SC, 2012, 'The role of the Ord Arid Intrusion in the historical and contemporary genetic division of long-tailed finch subspecies in northern Australia', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 2, pp. 1208 - 1219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.259
2012
Rollins LA; Browning LE; Holleley CE; Savage JL; Russell AF; Griffith SC, 2012, 'Building genetic networks using relatedness information: a novel approach for the estimation of dispersal and characterization of group structure in social animals', Molecular Ecology, vol. 21, pp. 1727 - 1740, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05492.x
2012
Pryke SR; Rollins LA, 2012, 'Mothers adjust offspring sex to match the quality of the rearing environment', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 279, pp. 4051 - 4057, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.1351
2012
Rollins LA; Woolnough A; Sinclair R; Mooney N; Sherwin WB, 2011, 'Mitochondrial DNA offers unique insights into invasion history of the common starling', Molecular Ecology, vol. 20, pp. 2307 - 2317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05101.x
2011
Gilby AJ; Mainwaring MC; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2011, 'Parental care in wild and captive zebra finches: Measuring food delivery to quantify parental effort', Animal Behaviour, vol. 81, pp. 289 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.10.020
2011
Pryke SR; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2011, 'Context-dependent sex allocation: Constraints on the expression and evolution of maternal effects', Evolution, vol. 65, pp. 2792 - 2799, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01391.x
2011
Pryke SR; Rollins LA; Buttemer WA; Griffith SC, 2011, 'Maternal stress to partner quality is linked to adaptive offspring sex ratio adjustment', Behavioral Ecology, vol. 22, pp. 717 - 722, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arr040
2011
Pryke SR; Rollins LA; Griffith SC, 2010, 'Females use multiple mating and genetically loaded sperm competition to target compatible genes', Science, vol. 329, pp. 964 - 967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1192407
2010
Rollins LA; Holleley CE; Wright J; Russell AF; Griffith SC, 2010, 'Isolation and characterization of 12 polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)', Conservation Genetics Resources, vol. 2, pp. 229 - 231, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12686-009-9149-x
2010
Rollins LA; Woolnough AP; Wilton AN; Sinclair R; Sherwin WB, 2009, 'Invasive species can`t cover their tracks: Using microsatellites to assist management of starling (Sturnus vulgaris) populations in Western Australia', Molecular Ecology, vol. 18, pp. 1560 - 1573, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04132.x
2009
Brooks RC; Rollins LA; Spyrou N, 2006, 'Genetic architecture of sexually selected traits - lessons from guppies', in 8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, 8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Belo Hoizone, Brazil, presented at 8th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Belo Hoizone, Brazil, 13 August 2006 - 18 August 2006
2006
Rollins LA; Woolnough A; Sherwin WB, 2006, 'Population genetic tools for pest management: a review', Wildlife Research, vol. 33, pp. 251 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR05106
2006
Lyons MA; Korstanje R; Li R; Sheehan S; Walsh KA; Rollins JA; Carey M; Paigen B; Churchill G, 2005, 'Single and interacting QTLs for cholesterol gallstones revealed in an intercross between mouse strains NZB and SM', Mammalian Genome, vol. 16, pp. 152 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00335-004-2446-5
2005