Prof Kevin Fowler

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Name: Kevin Fowler Email: k.fowler@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Prof Tel: 0207 679 2279
Department: Genetics, Evolution & Environment Fax: 0207 679 5052
Position: Professor of Evolutionary Biology Address: Dept of GEE, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Research Domain: Basic Life Sciences Web Page: Personal Web Page

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Research Description

My primary interest is the evolution of an exaggerated sexual trait, male eyespan, in stalk-eyed flies. Current studies are focussed on whether male eyespan has condition-dependent expression and acts as a signal of male quality. Assays of male fertility are underway so as to understand why female stalk-eyed flies are often sperm-limited. Developmental genetic and transgenic techniques are being trialled with the aim of comparing expression patterns of genes involved in regulating eyestalk development. My additional linked interest is in the genetic basis of sexual antagonism in fruitflies. We are assaying genetic differences that underlie morphological and fitness traits in a suite of hemiclonal strains.


Research Activities

Development and evolution of novel traits including vertebrate myelin and diopsid eyestalks

Evolution of quantitative traits in stalk-eyed flies and fruitflies

Genetic basis of sexual antagonism in fruitflies

Education Description

I organise and teach a second year course on evolution (BIOL2007) and a first year course on quantitative biology (BIOL1002). I am the postgraduate tutor for the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment with overall responsibility for departmental postgraduate matters. I am the Deputy Director of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, a UCL-led multi-institutional initiative that has attracted significant research council funding for PhD students to pursue research in environmental science.

UCL Collaborators

Prof William Richardson; Prof Andrew Pomiankowski; Dr Max Reuter

External Collaborators

Dr Adam Chippindale

Publications

    2013

    • Hesketh J, Fowler K, Reuter M (2013). Genetic drift in antagonistic genes leads to divergence in sex-specific fitness between experimental populations of Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 67(5), 1503 - 1510. doi:10.1111/evo.12032

    2010

    • Warren IA, Fowler K, Smith H (2010). Germline transformation of the stalk-eyed fly, Teleopsis dalmanni.. BMC Mol Biol, 11, 86 - . doi:10.1186/1471-2199-11-86
    • Harley E, Fowler K, Cotton S (2010). No detectable fertility benefit from a single additional mating in wild stalk-eyed flies.. PLoS One, 5(12), e14309 - . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014309

    2009

    • Small J, Cotton S, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2009). Male eyespan and resource ownership affect contest outcome in the stalk-eyed fly, Teleopsis dalmanni.. Animal Behaviour, 78, 1213 - 1220.

    2008

    • Reuter M, Linklater JR, Lehmann L, Chapman T, Fowler K, Hurst GDD (2008). Adaptation to experimental alterations of the operational sex ratio in populations of Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 62, 401 - 412. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00300.x
    • Rogers DW, Denniff M, Chapman T, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2008). Male sexual ornament size is positively associated with reproductive morphology and enhanced fertility in the stalk-eyed flyTeleopsis dalmanni.. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8, 236 - .

    2006

    • Carr M, Cotton S, Rogers D, W P, A S, H F, K (2006). Assigning sex to pre-adult stalk-eyed flies using genital disc morphology and X chromosome zygosity. BMC Developmental Biology, 6, 29 - .
    • Cotton S, Rogers DW, Small J, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2006). Variation in preference for a male ornament is positively associated with female eyespan in the stalk-eyed fly Diasemopsis meigenii.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 273, 1287 - 1292. doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3449
    • Rogers DW, Grant CA, Chapman T, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2006). The influence of male and female eyespan on fertility in the stalk-eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Animal Behaviour, 72, 1363 - 1369.
    • Corley L, Cotton S, McConnell E, Chapman T, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2006). Highly variable sperm precedence in the stalk-eyed fly,Teleopsis dalmanni.. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 6, 53 - .

    2005

    • Pomiankowski A, Denniff M, Fowler K, Chapman T (2005). The costs and benefits of high early mating rates in male stalk-eyed flies, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Journal of Insect Physiology, 51, 1165 - 1171.
    • Chapman T, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2005). Stalk-eyed flies.. Curr Biol, 15(14), R533 - R535. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.07.015
    • Chapman T, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2005). Stalk-eyed flies – a quick guide.. Current Biology, 15, R533 - R535.
    • Rogers DW, Chapman T, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2005). Mating-induced reduction in accessory reproductive organ size in the stalk-eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 5(37), - .
    • Carr M, Hurley I, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A, Smith HK (2005). Expression of defective proventriculus during head capsule development is conserved in Drosophila and stalk-eyed flies.. Development, Genes and Evolution, 215(8), 402 - 409. doi:10.1007/s00427-005-0488-7
    • Gardner MP, Fowler K, Barton N, Partridge L (2005). Genetic variation for total fitness in Drosophila melanogaster: complex yet replicable patterns. Genetics, 169, 1553 - 1571.
    • Rogers DW, Baker RH, Chapman T, Denniff M, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2005). Direct and correlated responses to artificial selection on male mating frequency in the stalk-eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 18, 642 - 650.
    • Grant CA, Chapman T, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2005). No detectable genetic correlation between male and female mating frequency in the stalk-eyed fly Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Heredity, 95, 444 - 448.

    2004

    • Cotton S, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2004). Heightened condition dependence is not a general feature of male eyespan in stalk-eyed flies (Diptera : Diopsidae). J EVOLUTION BIOL, 17(6), 1310 - 1316. doi:10.1111/j.1420.9101.2004.00754.x
    • Cotton S, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2004). Condition dependence of sexual ornament size and variation in the stalk-eyed fly Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni (Diptera: Diopsidae).. Evolution, 58(5), 1038 - 1046.
    • Cotton S, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2004). Condition-dependence of sexual ornament size and variation in the stalk-eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Evolution, 58, 1038 - 1046. doi:10.1554/03-514
    • Cotton S, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2004). Heightened condition-dependence is not a general feature of male eyespan in stalk-eyed flies (Diptera: Diopsidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 17, 1310 - 1316. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2004.00754.x
    • Reguera P, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K, Chapman T (2004). Low cost of reproduction in female stalk-eyed flies, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Journal of Insect Physiology, 50, 103 - 108.
    • Cotton S, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2004). Do sexual ornaments demonstrate heightened condition-dependent expression as predicted by the handicap hypothesis?. Proceedings Royal Society London Series B, 271, 771 - 783.
    • Reguera P, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K, Chapman T (2004). Low cost of reproduction in female stalk-eyed flies, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni. J INSECT PHYSIOL, 50(1), 103 - 108. doi:10.1016/jinsphys.2003.10.004

    2003

    • Baker R, Denniff M, Futerman P, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A, Chapman T (2003). Accessory gland size influences time to sexual maturity and mating frequency in the stalk-eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Behavioral Ecology, 14, 607 - 611.

    2002

    • Whitlock MC, Phillips PC, Fowler K (2002). Persistence of changes in the genetic covariance matrix after a bottleneck. Evolution, 56, 1968 - 1975. doi:10.1111/j.0014-3820.2002.tb00122.x
    • Hurley I, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K, Smith H (2002). Fate map of the eye-antennal imaginal disc in the stalk eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Development, Genes and Evolution, 212, 38 - 42.
    • Grant CA, Fowler K, Chapman T (2002). No reduction of female sexual receptivity following mating in stalk-eyed flies, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni (Diptera: Diopsidae).. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15, 210 - 215.
    • Fowler K, Whitlock MC (2002). Environmental stress, inbreeding and the nature of phenotypic and genetic variance in Drosophila melanogaster.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 269, 677 - 683. doi:10.1098/rspb.2001.1931

    2001

    • Baker R, Ashwell R, Richards T, Fowler K, Chapman T, Pomiankowski A (2001). Effects of multiple mating and male eyespan on female reproductive output in the stalk-eyed fly, Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Behavioural Ecology, 12, 732 - 739.
    • Hurley I, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A, Smith HK (2001). Conservation of the expression of D11, en and wg in the eye-antennal imaginal disc of stalk-eyed flies. Evolution and Development, 3, 408 - 414. doi:10.1046/j.1525-142X.2001.01045.x
    • Gardner M, Fowler K, Partridge L, Barton N (2001). Genetic variation for preadult viability in Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 55, 1609 - 1620.
    • Gardner M, Fowler K, Partridge L, Barton N (2001). Genetic variation for preadult viability in Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 55(8), 1609 - 1620.
    • Hingle A, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2001). The effect of transient food stress on female mate preference in the stalk-eyed fly Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 268, 1239 - 1244.
    • Bjorksten T, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2001). Temperature during development fails to increase the fluctuating asymmetry of a sexual trait in stalk-eyed flies.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 268, 1503 - 1510.
    • Phillips PC, Whitlock MC, Fowler K (2001). Inbreeding changes the shape of the genetic covariance matrix in Drosophila melanogaster.. Genetics, 158, 1137 - 1145.
    • Hingle A, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2001). Size-dependent mate preference in the stalk-eyed fly Cyrtodiopsis dalmanni.. Animal Behaviour, 61, 589 - 595.

    2000

    • Bjorksten TA, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2000). Symmetry, size and stress - Reply from T. Bjorksten, K. Fowler and A. Pomiankowski. TRENDS ECOL EVOL, 15(8), 331 - 331.
    • Bjorksten TA, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2000). What does sexual trait FA tell us about FA?. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15, 163 - 166.
    • Bjorksten TA, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2000). Symmetry, size and stress.. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15, 331 - .
    • Bjorksten T, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2000). What does sexual trait FA tell us about stress?. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15(4), 163 - 166. doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(99)01788-7
    • David P, Bjorksten TA, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (2000). Condition-dependent signalling of genetic variation in stalk-eyed flies. Nature, 406, 186 - 188.
    • Sgr , C M, Geddes , G , Fowler , K , Partridge , L (2000). Selection on age at reproduction in Drosophila melanogaster: female remating frequency as a correlated response. Evolution, 54, 2152 - 2155.
    • Bjorksten T, David P, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (2000). Fluctuating asymmetry of sexual and non-sexual traits in stalk-eyed flies: a poor indicator of developmental stress and genetic quality. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 13, 89 - 97.
    • Reeve MW, Fowler K, Partridge L (2000). Increased body size confers greater fitness at lower experimental temperature in male Drosophila melanogaster.. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 13, 836 - 844.

    1999

    • Whitlock MC, Fowler K (1999). The changes in genetic and environmental variance with inbreeding in Drosophila melanogaster. GENETICS, 152(1), 345 - 353.
    • David P, Hingle A, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (1999). Measurement bias and fluctuating asymmetry estimates. Animal Behaviour, 57, 251 - 253.
    • Fowler K, Whitlock MC (1999). The distribution of phenotypic variance with inbreeding. Evolution, 53, 1143 - 1156.
    • Whitlock MC, Fowler K (1999). The changes in genetic and environmental variance with inbreeding. Genetics, 152, 345 - 353.
    • Fowler K, Whitlock MC (1999). The variance in inbreeding depression and the recovery of fitness in bottlenecked populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 266, 2061 - 2066.
    • Partridge L, Langelan R, Fowler K, Zwaan B, French V (1999). Correlated responses to selection on body size in Drosophila melanogaster.. Genetical Research, 74, 43 - 54.

    1998

    • David P, Hingle A, Greig D, Rutherford A, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (1998). Male sexual ornament size but not asymmetry reflects condition in stalk-eyed flies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 265, 2211 - 2216.

    1997

    • Whitlock MC, Fowler K (1997). The instability of studies of instability.. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 10, 63 - 67.
    • Fowler K, Semple N, Barton NH, Partridge L (1997). Genetic variation for total fitness in Drosophila melanogaster.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 264, 191 - 199.
    • Fowler K (1997). Review of 'Evolutionary Biology, volume 29'. Heredity, 78, 341 - 341.

    1996

    • Whitlock MC, Fowler K (1996). The distribution among populations in phenotypic variance with inbreeding.. Evolution, 50, 1919 - 1926.

    1995

    • Neat F, Fowler K, French V, Partridge L (1995). Thermal evolution of growth efficiency in Drosophila melanogaster.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 260, 73 - 78.
    • Partridge L, Barrie B, Barton NH, Fowler K, French V (1995). Rapid laboratory evolution of adult life-history traits in Drosophila melanogaster in response to temperature.. Evolution, 49, 538 - 544.

    1994

    • Partridge L, Barrie B, Fowler K, French V (1994). Thermal evolution of pre-adult life history traits in Drosophila melanogaster.. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 7, 645 - 663.
    • Fowler K, Whitlock MC (1994). Fluctuating asymmetry does not increase with moderate inbreeding in Drosophila melanogaster.. Heredity, 73, 373 - 376.
    • Santos M, Fowler K, Partridge L (1994). Gene-environment interaction for body size and larval density in Drosophila melanogaster: an investigation of effects on development time, thorax length and adult sex ratio.. Heredity, 72, 515 - 521.
    • Partridge L, Barrie B, Fowler K, French V (1994). Evolution and development of body size and cell size in Drosophila melanogaster in response to temperature.. Evolution, 48, 1269 - 1276.

    1993

    • Partridge L, Fowler K (1993). Responses and correlated responses to artificial selection on thorax length in Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 47, 213 - 226.

    1992

    • Santos M, Fowler K, Partridge L (1992). On the use of tester stocks to predict the competitive abilities of genotypes.. Heredity, 69, 489 - 495.
    • Partridge L, Fowler K (1992). Direct and correlated responses to selection on age at reproduction in Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 46, 76 - 91.

    1991

    • Huey RB, Partridge L, Fowler K (1991). Thermal sensitivity of Drosophila melanogaster responds rapidly to laboratory natural selection.. Evolution, 45, 751 - 756.

    1990

    • Partridge L, Fowler K (1990). Non-mating costs of exposure to males in female Drosophila melanogaster.. Journal of Insect Physiology, 36, 419 - 425.
    • Wilkinson GS, Fowler K, Partridge L (1990). Resistance of genetic correlation structure to directional selection in Drosophila melanogaster.. Evolution, 44, 1990 - 2003.

    1989

    • Fowler K, Partridge L (1989). A cost of mating in female fruitflies.. Nature, 338, 760 - 761.

    1988

    • Trevitt S, Fowler K, Partridge L (1988). An effect of egg-deposition on the subsequent fertility and remating frequency of female Drosophila melanogaster.. Journal of Insect Physiology, 34, 821 - 828.

    1987

    • Partridge L, Green A, Fowler K (1987). Effects of egg-production and exposure to males on female survival in Drosophila melanogaster.. Journal of Insect Physiology, 33, 745 - 749.

    1986

    • Fowler K, Partridge L (1986). Variation in male fertility explains an apparent effect of genotypic diversity on success in larval competition in Drosophila melanogaster.. Heredity, 57, 31 - 36.
    • Partridge L, Fowler K, Trevitt S, Sharp W (1986). An examination of the effects of males on the survival and egg-production rates of female Drosophila melanogaster.. Journal of Insect Physiology, 32, 925 - 929.

    1983

    • Fowler K, Seger J (1983). Disruptive or directional selection?. Nature, 304, 276 - .

    • Harley E, Birge LM, Small J, Tazzyman SJ, Pomiankowski A, Fowler K (). Ejaculate investment and attractiveness in the stalk-eyed fly,. Ecology and Evolution, 3(6), 1529 - 1538. doi:10.1002/ece3.544
    • Bellamy L, Chapman N, Fowler K, Pomiankowski A (). SEXUAL TRAITS ARE SENSITIVE TO GENETIC STRESS AND PREDICT EXTINCTION RISK IN THE STALK-EYED FLY,. Evolution, , n/a - n/a. doi:10.1111/evo.12135