Associate Professor Russell Bonduriansky
BSc, MSc Guelph, PhD Toronto
ARC Future Fellow
Field of Research: 
Evolution, ecology, genetics, behaviour, insects
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3439
Room 5101, Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects


• Nongenetic and non-Mendelian mechanisms of inheritance and their role in evolution

• Sexual coevolution

• The evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction

• Effects of diet on development, ageing and fitness

• Evolution of ageing

See Also Evolutionary Biology Lab


Research Students

Nathan Burke (PhD candidate)
Amy Hooper (PhD candidate)
Erin Macartney (PhD candidate)
Zachariah Wylde (PhD candidate)



BIOS3171 Evolution (Course Coordinator)


Selected Recent Publications

Bonduriansky, R. and Crean, A.J. 2017. What are parental condition-transfer effects and how can they be detected? Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Male coercion, female resistance, and the evolutionary trap of sexual reproduction. bioRxiv doi:

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Sexual conflict, facultative asexuality, and the true paradox of sex. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 646-652.

Macartney, E., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Adult dietary protein has age- and context-dependent effects on male post-copulatory performance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 1633-1643.

Hooper, A.K., Spagopoulou, F., Wylde, Z., Maklakov, A.A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Ontogenetic timing as a condition-dependent life history trait: high-condition males develop quickly, peak early and age fast. Evolution 71: 671-685.

Allen, S. L., Bonduriansky, R., Sgro, C. and Chenoweth, S.F. 2017. Sex-biased transcriptome divergence along a latitudinal gradient. Molecular Ecology 26: 1256-1272.

Adler, M., Telford, M. and Bonduriansky, R. 2016. Phenotypes optimized for early-life reproduction exhibit faster somatic deterioration with age, revealing a latent cost of high condition. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 2436-2446.

Crean, A. J., Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2016. Seminal fluid and mate choice: new predictions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 253-255.

Bonduriansky , R., Runagall-McNaull, A., and Crean, A. J. 2016. The nutritional geometry of parental effects: maternal and paternal macronutrient consumption and offspring phenotype in a neriid fly. Functional Ecology 30: 1675-1686.

Runagall-McNaull, A., Bonduriansky , R. and Crean, A. J. 2015. Dietary protein and lifespan across the metamorphic boundary: protein-restricted larvae develop into short-lived adults. Scientific Reports 5: 11783

Bonduriansky, R., Mallet, M.A., Arbuthnott, D., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V., Egozcue, J.J. and Rundle, H.D. 2015. Differential effects of genetic vs. environmental quality in Drosophila melanogaster suggest multiple forms of condition dependence. Ecology Letters 18: 317-326.

Burke, N. W., Crean, A. J., and Bonduriansky, R. 2015. The role of sexual conflict in the evolution of facultative parthenogenesis: a study on the spiny leaf stick insect. Animal Behaviour 101: 117-127.

Crean, A. J., Kopps, A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Revisiting telegony: Offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate. Ecology Letters 17: 1545-1552.

Crean, A. J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. What is a paternal effect? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 554-549.

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Why do the well-fed appear to die young? A new evolutionary hypothesis for the effect of dietary restriction on lifespan. BioEssays 36: 439-450.

Patten, M.M., Ross, L., Curley, J.P., Queller, D.C, Bonduriansky, R. and Wolf, J.B. 2014. The evolution of genomic imprinting: theories, predictions, and empirical tests. Heredity 113: 119-128.

Bonduriansky, R. 2014. The ecology of sexual conflict: background mortality can modulate the effects of male manipulation on female fitness. Evolution 68: 595-604.  

Cassidy, E.J., Bath, E., Chenoweth, S.F., and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Sex-specific patterns of morphological diversification: evolution of reaction norms and static allometries in neriid flies. Evolution 68: 368-383.