Howard Rundle


Howard Rundle
Full Professor

GNN 277

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2835

Work E-mail:

RUNDLE, Howard


Dr. Rundle’s research focuses on the roles of natural and sexual selection in the evolution of phenotypic diversity and the origin of new species. Emphasis is placed on understanding how sexual selection (arising via mate choice) operates within populations, its effect on adaptation and population mean fitness, and how it interacts with divergent selection and genetic drift to cause the evolution of new species. His approach to these topics is empirical and utilizes experimental evolution and quantitative genetics, with fruit flies (Drosophila serrata) serving as the model organism.

Selected publications:
  • Kwan, L., Rundle, H.D. Adaptation to desiccation fails to generate pre- and postmating isolation in replicate Drosophila melanogaster laboratory populations. Evolution 64: 710-723, 2010
  • MacLellan, K., Whitlock, M.C., Rundle, H.D. Sexual selection against deleterious mutations via variable male search success. Biology letters 5: 795-797, 2009
  • Rundle, H.D., Chenoweth, S.F., Blows, M.W. The diversification of mate preferences by natural and sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1608-1615, 2009
  • Delcourt, M., Blows, M.W., Rundle, H.D. Sexually antagonistic genetic variance for fitness in an ancestral and a novel environment. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 276: 2009-2014, 2009
  • Rundle, H.D., Chenoweth, S.F., Blows, M.W. Comparing complex fitness surfaces: Among-population variation in mutual sexual selection in Drosophila serrata. American Naturalist 171: 443-454, 2008

Fields of Interest

  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Adaptation
  • Speciation
  • Mate choice
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Drosophila serrata
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