Nathan Burke
PhD Alumni
Field of Research: 
Evolution of parthenogenesis, paradox of sex
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My research investigates why costly sexual reproduction is so common in the animal kingdom. I am particularly interested in understanding how sexual conflict promotes or prevents the evolution of facultative strategies that incorporate both sexual and asexual reproduction.

I use the facultatively parthenogenetic spiny leaf stick insect (Extatosoma tiaratum) and Hurricane Larry stick insect (Sipyloidea larryi) as model organisms to investigate these ideas empirically, and individual-based modelling to generate new theory.

Supervisor: Professor Russell Bonduriansky

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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 insectAnimal Behaviour 101: 117-127.

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

Burke, N. W, and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Male coercion, female resistance, and the evolutionary trap of sexual reproduction. bioRxiv doi: 276 10.1101/146076.