PhD (La Trobe University)
Position: Head of School

Room: 204 Goddard Building 8
Phone: +61 7 3365 2471


Research Interests

My research interests are in evolutionary quantitative genetics. My primary research focus is on the evolution of mate recognition in the Drosophila serrata species complex. Members of this species complex are found in rainforest along the east coast of Australia. Chemical communication is used by males and females to choose mates and for species recognition. I use a combination of techniques from experimental evolution, quantitative genetics and genomics to determine how mate recognition evolves under natural and sexual selection. More generally, I am interested in how genetic variances and covariances change under selection and different environmental conditions, and how multivariate quantitative genetics can be used to predict the direction of evolutionary responses in laboratory and field populations.

Selected Publications

Chenoweth, SF, HD Rundle and MW Blows. 2010. The contribution of divergent selection and genetic constraints to phenotypic divergence. American Naturalist 175:186-196.

McGuigan, K and MW Blows. 2010. Evolvability of Single Traits in a Multivariate Context: Partitioning the Additive Genetic Variance into Common and Specific Components. Evolution 64:1899-1911.

Walsh, B and MW Blows. 2009. Abundant Genetic Variation + Strong Selection = Multivariate Genetic Constraints: A Geometric View of Adaptation. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 40:41-59.

Hine, E, SF Chenoweth, HD Rundle, and MW Blows. 2009. Characterising the evolution of the genetic variance using genetic covariance tensors. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364:1567-1578.

McGuigan, K, and MW Blows. 2009. Asymmetry of genetic variation in fitness-related traits: apparent stabilizing selection on gmax. Evolution 63:2838-2847.

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