Howard Rundle


Howard Rundle
Full Professor

Room: GNN 277
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2835
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RUNDLE, Howard


Dr. Rundle’s laboratory research addresses a range of topics including the contributions of natural and sexual selection to adaptation and the purging of deleterious mutations, and various aspects of sexual conflict. He is also interested in how male sexual displays and female mate preferences for them diverge among populations and the role this has in the origin of new species. His approach to these topics is empirical and utilizes experimental evolution, behavioural assays, and quantitative genetic techniques with various species of fruit flies as model organisms. The Rundle lab also does field-based research in Algonquin Park addressing an array of topics including the evolution of ageing, developmental rate, and genital morphology in wild insects, primarily the antler fly (Protopiophila litigata).

Selected publications:
  • Rundle, H.D. and K.A. Dyer. 2015. Reproductive character displacement of female mate preferences for male cuticular hydrocarbons in Drosophila subquinaria. Evolution 69: 2625-2637.
  • Chenoweth, S.F., N.C. Appleton, S.L. Allen and H.D. Rundle. 2015. Genomic evidence that sexual selection impedes adaptation to a novel environment. Current Biology 25: 1860-1866.
  • Bonduriansky, R., M.A. Mallet, D. Arbuthnott, V. Pawlowsky-Glahn, J.J. Egocuze and H.D. Rundle. 2015. Differential effects of genetic vs. environmental quality in Drosophila melanogaster suggest multiple forms of condition dependence. Ecology Letters 18: 317-326.
  • Arbuthnott, D., E.M. Dutton, A. F. Agrawal and H.D. Rundle. 2014. The ecology of sexual conflict: Parallel evolution of male harm and female defense in experimental Drosophila melanogaster populations. Ecology Letters 17: 221-228.
  • Delcourt, M., M.W. Blows, J.D. Aguirre and H.D. Rundle. 2012. Evolutionary optimum for male sexual traits characterized using the multivariate Robertson–Price Identity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 109: 10414-10419.

Fields of Interest

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