Zac Wylde

Post doctoral fellow

University of New South Wales

I am a recent PhD graduand from the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. I am interested in a wide range of topics within evolutionary biology including; chemical communication, ageing, trait integration, sex-role reversal and sexual selection amongst many others! For my PhD in the Bonduriansky lab I used the neriid fly Telostylinus angusticollis to empircally investigate numerous environmental effects on reproductive allocation.

I completed my MSc under the supervision of Professor Gregory Holwell at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I investigated the courtship and aggressive behaviours, and allometry of an unstudied species of fly, Scordalus femoratus (Helosciomyzidae), along with the community ecology of native carrion flies in the Waitakere ranges. I have a keen interest in insects (particularly flies) but am willing to work with anything if the organism suits the question!

I am currently working on a number of projects with Professor Russell Bonduriansky and more recently, Professor John Hunt using the decorated cricket Gryllodes sigillatus. I am also a reviewing editor for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

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  • Animal behaviour
  • Non-genetic inheritance
  • Ageing
  • Chemical signalling
  • Condition-dependence
  • Insect genitalia
  • Phenotypic integration
  • Sexual selection and sexual conflict
  • Alternative reproductive tactics


  • PhD in Evolutionary Ecology, 2020

    University of New South Wales

  • MSc in Evolutionary Ecology, 2014

    University of Auckland

  • BSc in Biological Sciences, 2012

    University of Auckland