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Damian works in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University as an ARC Australian Research Fellow, Monash Fellow

Damian's research interests lie in evolutionary biology. The questions that his research group pursue follow three interconnected themes.

  1. Mitochondrial genome evolution What genetic processes shape the accumulation of functional genetic variation in the mitochondrial DNA? What are the consequences of maternal transmission of the mitochondrial DNA for male life-histories?
  2. Oxidative stress and life history evolution. The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a ubiquitous bi-product of many core enzymmatic pathways, for instance those involved in energy production and immune defense. When ROS are in surplus, cells are at risk of oxidative damage. We are intereated in teasing apart the influence of oxidative stress on the general dynamics of life history evolution, including adaptation under sexual selection.
  3. Sexually antagonistic coevolution. We are generally interested in exploring the dynamics of adaptation under sexual conflict.

Research area keywords

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Mitochondrial genomes
  • Oxidative stress
  • Sexual selection

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Projects 2010 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

Assessing the fitness consequences of mitonuclear interactions in natural populations

Hill, G. E., Havird, J. C., Sloan, D. B., Burton, R. S., Greening, C. & Dowling, D. K., Jun 2019, In : Biological Reviews. 94, 3, p. 1089-1104 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Beyond the powerhouse: integrating mitonuclear evolution, physiology, and theory in comparative biology

Havird, J. C., Weaver, R. J., Milani, L., Ghiselli, F., Greenway, R., Ramsey, A. J., Jimenez, A. G., Dowling, D. K., Hood, W. R., Montooth, K. L., Estes, S., Schulte, P., Sokolova, I. M. & Hill, G. E., 24 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Integrative and Comparative Biology. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOther

Challenges and prospects for testing the Mother's Curse Hypothesis

Dowling, D. K. & Adrian, R. E., 21 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Interactions Between Mitochondrial Haplotype and Dietary Macronutrient Ratios Confer Sex-Specific Effects on Longevity in Drosophila melanogaster

Nagarajan Radha, V., Rapkin, J., Hunt, J. & Dowling, D. K., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 74, 10, p. 1573-1581 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mother’s curse and indirect genetic effects: do males matter to mitochondrial genome evolution?

Keaney, T. A., Wong, H. W. S., Dowling, D. K., Jones, T. M. & Holman, L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review