Associate Professor Russell Bonduriansky
Field of Research: 
Evolution, ecology, genetics, behaviour, insects
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3439

Room 543A, D26 Building
UNSW, Kensington 2052


Reseach & Current Projects

Research Interests

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.

Current projects

  • The mechanisms and evolutionary implications of nongenetic inheritance
  • The genetic architecture and fitness implications of condition dependence
  • Effects of environment on lifespan and ageing
  • The evolution of insect genitalia

See Also Evolutionary Biology Lab



Dr Angela Crean (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
Room 544, Biological Sciences Building
9385 3413

Dr Lára Hallsson
Postdoctoral research fellow
Room 544 Biological Sciences Building
Phone: 9385 3413


Research Students


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

Erin Macartney, Masters candidate - Effects of environment on sperm morphology and performance.

Chris Allister, Honours candidate - Dietary ecology of neriff flies.

Nathan Burke, Honours candidate - Faculative sexuality in stick insects.

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

Aidan Runagall-McNaull, Honours candidate - The ecology of paternal effects in neriid flies. 



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 candidate – Laval nutritional geometry in Telostylinus angusticollis.



 BIOS3171             Evolution



Bonduriansky, R. 2010. Sexual conflict. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. 

Pizzari, T. and Bonduriansky, R. 2010. Sexual behaviour: conflict, cooperation and co-evolution. In Social Behaviour: genes, ecology and evolution. (T. Szekely, A.J. Moore and J. Komdeur, editors). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Bonduriansky, R. 2010. Nongenetic inheritance and environmental change (keynote contribution). In: Grant, F., Mergeay, J., Santamaria, L., Young, J. and Watt, A.D. (eds.). Evolution and Biodiversity: The evolutionary basis of biodiversity and its potential for adaptation to global change (e-conference report).

Maklakov, A.A., Cayetano, L., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2010. The roles of life-history selection and sexual selection in the adaptive evolution of mating behaviour in a beetle. Evolution 64: 1273-1282. 

Adler, M.  2010. Sexual conflict in waterfowl: Why do females resist extra-pair copulations? Behavioral Ecology 21: 182-192.

Bonduriansky, R. 2009. Reappraising sexual coevolution and the sex-roles.  PLoS Biology 7 (12): e1000255.

Maklakov, A.A., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.C. 2009. Sex differences, sexual selection and ageing: an experimental evolution approach. Evolution 63: 2491-2503. 

Bonduriansky, R. and Day, T. 2009. Nongenetic inheritance and its evolutionary implications. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 40: 103-125. 

Maklakov, A.A., and Bonduriansky, R. 2009. Sex differences in survival costs of homosexual and heterosexual interactions: evidence from a fly and a beetle. Animal Behaviour 77: 1375-1379. 

Zajitschek, F., Brassil, C.E., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R. 2009. Sex-effects on lifespan and senescence in the wild when dates of birth and death are unknown.Ecology 90: 1698-1707.

Bonduriansky, R. and Chenoweth, S.F. 2009. Intralocus sexual conflict. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24: 280-288. 

Maklakov, A.A., Hall, M., Simpson, S.J., Dessman, J., Clissold, F., Zajitschek, F., Lailvaus, S.P., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.C. Sex differences in nutrient-dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell 8: 324-330.

Zajitschek, F., Bonduriansky, R., Zajitschek, S.R.K. and Brooks, R. 2009. Sexual dimorphism in life history: age, survival and reproduction in male and female field crickets Teleogryllus commodus under seminatural conditions. The American Naturalist 173: 792-802. 

Bonduriansky, R. 2009. Condition dependence of developmental stability in the sexually dimorphic fly Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 861-872. 

Marshall, D. J., Bonduriansky, R. and Bussière, L. F. 2008. Offspring size variation within broods as a bet-hedging strategy in unpredictable environments. Ecology 89: 2506-2517. 

Kawasaki, N., Brassil, C.E., Brooks, R. and Bonduriansky, R. 2008. Environmental effects on the expression of lifespan and aging: An extreme contrast between wild and captive cohorts of Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). The American Naturalist 172: 346-357. 

Maklakov, A.A., Simpson, S.J., Zajitschek, F., Hall, M., Dessman, J., Clissold, F., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.C. 2008. Sex-specific fitness effects of nutrient intake on reproduction and lifespan. Current Biology 18: 1062-1066. 

Bonduriansky, R., Maklakov, A., Zajitschek, F. and Brooks, R. 2008. Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and lifespan. Functional Ecology 22: 443-453. 

Bonduriansky, R. and Head, M. 2007. Maternal and paternal condition effects on offspring phenotype in Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 2379-2388. 

Bonduriansky, R. 2007. The genetic architecture of sexual dimorphism: the potential roles of genomic imprinting and condition dependence. In Sex, Size And Gender Roles: Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism. (D.J. Fairbairn, W.U. Blanckenhorn and T. Szekely, editors). Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 

Bonduriansky, R. 2007. Sexual selection and allometry: a reappraisal of the evidence and ideas. Evolution 61: 838-849. 

Bonduriansky, R. 2007. The evolution of condition dependent sexual dimorphism. The American Naturalist 169: 9-19. 

Bonduriansky, R. 2006. Convergent evolution of sexual shape dimorphism in Diptera. Journal of Morphology 267: 602-611.