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:
  • Mautz*, B.S., N.O. Rode*, R. Bonduriansky and H.D. Rundle. 2019. Ageing in natural vs. laboratory environments: effects of diet supplementation over two years in wild and captive antler flies, Protopiophila litigata. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 1913-1924. doi; *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Rundle, H.D. and L. Rowe. 2018. The contribution of sexual selection to ecological and mutation-order speciation. Evolution 72(11): 2571–2575. doi
  • Yun, L., P.J. Chen, K.E. Kwok, C.S. Angell, H.D. Rundle* and A.F. Agrawal*. 2018. Competition for mates and the improvement of nonsexual fitness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 115 (26): 6762-6767. doi; *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Singh, A., A.F. Agrawal* and H.D. Rundle*. 2017. Environmental complexity and the purging of deleterious alleles. Evolution 71: 2714-2720. doi; *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  • 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. doi
  • 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. doi

Fields of Interest

  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Adaptation
  • Speciation
  • Mate choice
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Sexual conflict
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