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Sexual selection and conflict

Hubakk, K., Wylde, Z. and Bonduriansky, R. 2024. Can developmental plasticity shape sexual competition and promote reproductive isolation? Behavioral Ecology 35 (4): arae047.

Boughman, J.W., Brand, J.A., Brooks, R.C., Bonduriansky, R. and Wong, B.B.M. 2024. Sexual selection and speciation in the Anthropocene. Trends in Ecology and Evolution Trends in Ecology and Evolution 39(7): 654-665.

Miller, S.M., Stuart, K.C., Burke, N.W., Rollins. L.A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2023. Genetic and phenotypic consequences of local transitions between sexual and parthenogenetic reproduction in the wild. The American Naturalist

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Sexually but not parthenogenetically produced females benefit from mating in a stick insect. Functional Ecology

Hooper, A.K. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Effects of genetic vs. environmental quality on condition-dependent morphological and life history traits in a neriid fly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35: 803-816.

Macartney, E.L. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Does female resistance to mating select for live-fast-die-young strategies in males? A comparative analysis in the genus Drosophila. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35: 192-200.

Macartney, E.L., Zeender, V., Meena, A., De Nardo, A.N., Bonduriansky, R. and Lüpold, S. 2021. Sperm depletion in relation to developmental nutrition and genotype in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 75: 2830-2841.

Zajitschek, S.R.K., Zajitschek, F., Bonduriansky, R.,  Brooks, R.C., Cornwell, W., Falster, D.S., Lagisz, M., Mason, J., Senior, A. M., Noble, D. A. W. and Nakagawa, S. 2020. Sexual dimorphism in trait variability and its eco-evolutionary and statistical implications. eLife 9: e63170.

Wylde, Z. and Bonduriansky, R. 2020. Condition dependence of phenotypic integration and the evolvability of genitalic traits in a neriid fly. Biology Letters 16: 20200124.

Wylde, Z., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Effects of condition and sperm competition risk on sperm allocation and storage in neriid flies. Behavioral Ecology 31: 202-212.

Wylde, Z., Adler, L., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Perceived dominance status affects chemical signalling in the neriid fly Telostylinus angusticollis. Animal Behaviour 158: 161-174.

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. The paradox of obligate sex: the roles of sexual conflict and mate scarcity in transitions to facultative and obligate asexuality. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 32: 1230-1241.

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Exposure to juvenile males during development suppresses female capacity for parthenogenesis in a stick insect. Animal Behaviour Animal Behaviour 154: 85-94.

Macartney, E.L., Nicovich, P.R., Bonduriansky, R., and Crean, A.J. 2018. Developmental diet irreversibly shapes male post-copulatory traits in the neriid fly, Telostylinus angusticollis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 1894-1902.

Burke, N. W., and Bonduriansky, R. 2018. The geography of sex: sexual conflict, environmental gradients, and local loss of sex in facultatively parthenogenetic animals. Philosophical Transactions B 373: 20170422.

Allen, S. L., Bonduriansky, R., and Chenoweth, S.F. 2018. Genetic constraints on microevolutionary divergence of sex-biased gene expression. Philosophical Transactions B 373: 20170427.

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2018. The fitness effects of delayed switching to sex in a facultatively asexual insect. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3895

Hooper, A.K., Lehtonen, J., Schwanz, L. and Bonduriansky, R. 2018. Sexual competition and the evolution of condition-dependent ageing. Evolution Letters DOI: 10.1002/evl3.36

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Male coercion, female resistance, and the evolutionary trap of sexual reproduction. bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/146076

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cayetano, L. and Bonduriansky , R. 2015. Condition dependence of male and female genital structures in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1364-1372.

Rabieh, M.M., Esfandiari, M. Seraj, A.A. and Bonduriansky , R. 2015. Genital and body allometry in two species of noctuid moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 183-196.

Oudin, M., Bonduriansky , R., Mautz, B. and Rundle, H.D. 2015. Experimental evidence of condition-dependent sexual dimorphism in the weakly dimorphic antler fly, Protopiophila litigata (Diptera: Piophilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 211-220.

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.

Fricke, C., Adler, M.I., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. The complexity of male reproductive success: effects of nutrition, morphology and experience. Behavioral Ecology  26: 617-624.

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Sexual Conflict, Lifespan and Aging, In: Rice, W.R. and Gavrilets, S., eds. The Genetics and Biology of Sexual Conflict. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology.

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

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Cassidy, E.J., Bath, E., Chenoweth, S.F., and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Sex-specific patterns of morphological diversification: evolution of reaction norms and static allometries in neriid flies. Evolution 68: 368-383.

Allen, S.L., Bonduriansky, R., and Chenoweth, S.F. 2013. The genomic distribution of sex-biased genes in Drosophila serrata: X chromosome demasculinization, feminization, and hyper-expression in both sexes. Genome Biology and Evolution 5: 1986-1994.

Sentinella, A.T., Crean, A.J., and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Dietary protein mediates a trade-off between larval survival and the development of male secondary sexual traits. Functional Ecology 27: 1134-1144.

Bath, E., Tatarnic, N. and Bonduriansky, R. 2012. Asymmetric reproductive isolation and interference in neriid flies: the roles of genital morphology and behaviour. Animal Behaviour 84: 1331-1339.

Bonduriansky, R. 2011. Sexual selection and conflict as engines of ecological diversification. The American Naturalist 178: 729-745.

Cayetano, L., Maklakov, A.A., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. Evolution of male and female genitalia following release from sexual selection. Evolution 65: 2171-2183.

Adler, M. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. The dissimilar costs of love and war: Age-specific mortality as a function of the operational sex ratio. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1169-1177.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Bonduriansky, R. and Rowe, L. 2005. Intralocus sexual conflict and the genetic architecture of sexually dimorphic traits in Prochyliza xanthostoma (Diptera: Piophilidae). Evolution 59: 1965-1975.

Bonduriansky, R., and Brassil, C.E. 2005. Reproductive ageing and sexual selection on male body size in a wild population of antler flies (Protopiophila litigata). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 1332-1340.

Bonduriansky, R. and Rowe, L. 2005. Sexual selection, genetic architecture, and the condition dependence of body shape in the sexually dimorphic fly, Prochyliza xanthostoma (Diptera: Piophilidae). Evolution 59: 138–151.

Bonduriansky, R., Wheeler, J. and Rowe, L. 2005. Ejaculate feeding and female fitness in the sexually dimorphic fly Prochyliza xanthostoma (Diptera: Piophilidae). Animal Behaviour 69: 489-497.

Day, T. and Bonduriansky, R. 2004. Intralocus sexual conflict can drive the evolution of genomic imprinting. Genetics 167: 1537-1546.

Bonduriansky, R. and Day, T. 2003. The evolution of static allometry in sexually selected traits. Evolution 57: 2450–2458.

Bonduriansky, R. 2003. Layered sexual selection: a comparative analysis of sexual behaviour within an assemblage of piophilid flies. Canadian Journal Of Zoology 81: 479-491.

Bonduriansky, R. and Rowe, L. 2003. Interactions among mechanisms of sexual selection on male body size and head shape in a sexually dimorphic fly. Evolution 57: 2046-2053.

Bonduriansky, R. 2002. Leaping behaviour and responses to moisture and sound in larvae of piophilid carrion flies. Canadian Entomologist 134: 647-656.

Bonduriansky, R. 2001. The evolution of male mate choice in insects: a synthesis of ideas and evidence. Biological Reviews 76: 305-339.

Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.J. 1999. Why do male antler flies (Protopiophila litigata) fight? The role of male combat in the structure of mating aggregations on moose antlers. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 11: 287-301.

Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.J. 1998. Male antler flies (Protopiophila litigata; Diptera: Piophilidae) are more selective than females in mate choice. Canadian Journal of Zoology 76: 1277-1285.