Welcome to our website!
Our collective interests span a diverse range of topics in evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetics. Currently, much of the work in the lab focuses on understanding the contribution of sexual selection to adaptation and the purging of deleterious mutations, and in particular how sexual conflict may contribute to this and how its effects may vary with ecology. We are also studying the evolutionary divergence of mate preferences and how this may generate assortative mating that can contribute to both initiating and completing the speciation process. Information about these and other projects can be found on our Research page.
Our approach to these and other topics is empirical and utilizes both laboratory and field studies, the former including various species of Drosophila (e.g., D. melanogaster, D. serrata, D. recens, D. subquinaria), the fungus Aspergillus nidulans, and the antler fly, Protopiophila litigata. Our field system is based out of the Wildlife Research Station in the beautiful Algonquin Park, working with antler flies (and hopefully soon, some relatives as well). Most of what we do involves whole organism assays of fitness, behaviour, morphology, and other phenotypes, although we also dabble in quantitative genetics and genomics. We have a particular interest in contact pheromones in insects (i.e. cuticular hydrocarbons and their derivatives) because of their role as sexual displays, and we have the facilities for their high-throughput quantification via gas chromatography.
June. 2016 - Evolution in Austin!
Just back from Evolution 2016 in Austin, TX for which I (HDR) was the lead organizer. Things generally went well and we've learned a lot that will help make next year (Portland 2017) even better.
Mar. 2016 - New students!
Chris Angell and Mathieu Videlier both starting PhD's in Sept. 2016 (Mathieu is co-supervised by Vincent Careau); Laura Effort and Natasha Young joining us as undergraduate honours students.
Nov. 2015 - Looking for MSc/Phd students
Lab projects in evolutionary genetics (sexual selection and adaptation) and speciation; lab/field projects on sexual conflict and physiology.
Oct. 2015 - Pumpkin masters
Departmental pumpkin carving contest. Theme: experiments gone wrong. Winner: Rundle lab (with no help from the supervisor)! Check it out here. An apt effort given my new role as a biostatics instructor.
July 2015 - Amazing undergrads!
Undergraduate Honours students Harmandeep Sekhon and Darla Williscroft, with the help of MSc. Julie Colpitts, show that some deleterious mutations are purged faster when the mating environment is more ecologically complex. Howard presented these results in Brazil.
May 2015 - Paper accepted in Current Biology!
Work with Steve Chenoweth and collaborators studying the genomics of adaptation under natural and sexual selection will be coming out soon in Current Biology.
Apr. 2015 - New graduate student
Kevin Kwok will be joining the lab this coming September to do a PhD. We looking forward to welcoming him!
Mar. 2015 - NSERC award
Undergraduate Jean-Paul Soucy gets an USRA to work in the lab for the summer. Congrats!
Feb. 2015 - New paper in Ecology Letters!
Bonduriansky et al. 2015. Differential effects of genetic vs. environmental quality in Drosophila melanogaster suggest multiple forms of condition dependence. Ecology Letters 18: 317-326.
Jan. 2015 - MSc student Ali's paper published in Evolution
White & Rundle. 2014. Territory defense as a condition-dependent component of male reproductive success in Drosophila serrata. Evolution 69: 407–418.