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Damian K. Dowling

Damian is a professor at Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences, in Melbourne Australia.

He heads the Experimental Evolutionary Biology Lab, an interdisciplinary team with interests spanning evolutionary ecology and genetics, and who work predominantly with Drosophila.

Damian is generally interested in the evolution of sex differences, life histories, and genetic conflicts. He has spent much of the fly-focused part of his career studying the evolutionary implications of functional genetic variation in the mitochondrial genome.

At the end of the day, Damian likes to unwind by boxing, listening to punk rock, and cooking, usually all at the same time.

Having published research in a variety of journals, Damian is a welcome addition to the Fly Editorial Board. If you're not already familiar with his work, seek out the examples below:

  • Nagarajan-Radha, V., et al. (2020). "Sex-specific effects of mitochondrial haplotype on metabolic rate in Drosophila melanogaster support predictions of the Mother's Curse hypothesis." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 375(1790): 20190178.
  • Camus, M. F. and D. K. Dowling (2018). "Mitochondrial genetic effects on reproductive success: signatures of positive intrasexual, but negative intersexual pleiotropy." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285(1879).
  • Camus, M. F., et al. (2017). "Experimental Support That Natural Selection Has Shaped the Latitudinal Distribution of Mitochondrial Haplotypes in Australian Drosophila melanogaster." Molecular Biology and Evolution 34(10): 2600-2612.
drosophila evolution expert Damian K Dowling

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