BOLNICK, DANIEL I

Daniel I Bolnick

Professor
Department of Integrative Biology


Evolution of genetic diversity within and between populations; ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions and immunology

danbolnick@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-2824

Office Location
PAT 607A

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences
205 W. 24th St. Stop C0930
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, CA (2003)
B.A., Williams College, Williamstown, MA (1996)

Research Interests
My research interests lie at the intersection of ecology, evolution, behavior and genetics. I wish to understand how interactions among individuals and among species affect the evolution of biodiversity within and among populations. This diversity in turn alters the patterns of interactions within and among species. The resulting feedback loop between ecology and evolution provides a window into the origins of biodiversity. The feedback also has implications for applied topics such as conservation biology, community structure, and disease ecology.

2015

90. Ingram, T.E., Y. Jiang, R. Rangel, and D.I. Bolnick. 2015 (Online early). How widespread is assortative mating by diet within lacustrine stickleback populations? Ecology and Evolution

89. Stutz, W.E., J. Coates, M. Schmerer, and D.I. Bolnick (author). 2015 (online early). Among-population divergence in stickleback immune gene expression is predominantly environmentally-induced, rather than heritable. Molecular Ecology

88. Jiang, Y., C.L. Peichel, and D.I. Bolnick. 2015 (online early). Divergent rheotaxis contributes to divergent habitat preferences between lake and stream threespine stickleback. Evolution

87. Bolnick, D.I., C.D. Brock, K. Shim, and M. Schmerer. 2015. Population-specific covariation between immune function, color, and microhabitat of nesting male threespine stickleback. PLoS One 10:e0126000.  Doi:10.1371/journal.pone/0126000

86. Bolnick, D.I., K.C. Shim, C.D. Brock. 2015. Female stickleback prefer shallow males: sexual selection on nest microhabitat. Evolution. 69:1643-1653. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12682

85. Smith, C., L.K. Snowberg, J.G. Caporaso, R. Knight, and D.I. Bolnick. 2015. Dietary input of microbes and host genetic variation shape among-population differences in stickleback gut microbiota. ISME Journal  doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.64

84.Snowberg, L.K., K. Hendrix, and D.I. Bolnick. 2015. Covarying variances: more morphologically variable populations also exhibit more diet variation. Oecologia 178:89-101. Doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3200-7

 

2014

83. Puritz, J.B., M.V. Matz, R.J. Toonen, J.N. Weber, D.I. Bolnick, and C.E. Bird. 2014. Demistifying the RAD fad. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12965

82. Parent, C., D. Agashe, and D.I. Bolnick. 2014. Intraspecific competition reduces niche width in experimental populations. Ecology and Evolution. 4:3978-3990 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1254

81. Warren, D.L., M. Cardillo, D.F. Rosauer, and D.I. Bolnick. 2014. Geography, ecology, and evolution: disentangling pattern and process. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 29:572-580. PMID: 25172405

80. Stutz, W.E., and D.I. Bolnick. 2014 A Stepwise Threshold Clustering (STC) method to infer genotypes from error-prone next-generation sequencing of multi-allele genes such as the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). PLoS One  9: e100587  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100587 PMID: 25036866

79. Bolnick, D.I., R. Svanback, L.K. Snowberg, P. Hirsch, C. Lauber, G. Caporaso, and R. Knight.  2014.  Individual diet has a sex-dependent effect on gut microbiota in wild vertebrates. Nature Communications. 5:4500  DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5500DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5500

78. Bolnick, D.I., L.K. Snowberg, G. Caporaso, C. Lauber, R. Knight, and W.E. Stutz. 2014. Major Histocompatibility Complex IIB polymorphism influences gut microbiota composition and diversity. Molecular Ecology 23:4831-4845. doi: 10.1111/mec.12846   PMID: 24975397

77. Bolnick, D.I., R. Svanback, L.K. Snowberg, P. Hirsch, C. Lauber, G. Caporaso, and R. Knight.  2014.  Individuals’ diet diversity influences gut microbial diversity in two freshwater fish (threespine stickleback and Eurasian perch). Ecology Letters. 17:979-987. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12301 PMID: 24847735

76. Stutz, W.E., O.L. Lau, and D.I. Bolnick. 2014. Contrasting patterns of phenotype-dependent parasitism within and among populations of threespine stickleback. American Naturalist. 183:810-825. doi: 10.1086/676005  PMID: 24823824

75. Richardson, J.L., M.C. Urban, D.I. Bolnick, and D.K. Skelly. 2014. Microgeographic adaptation and the spatial scale of evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 29: 165-176. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.01.002.  PMID: 24560373

2013

74. Stuart, Y.E., D.I. Bolnick, R. Hopkins. 2013. The unifying wedge. Evolution. 68:614-616  (Book Review)

73. Bolnick, D.I. and S. Otto.2013. The magnitude of local adaptation under genotype-dependent dispersal. Ecology and Evolution. 3:4733-4735. doi: 10.1002/ece3.850. PMID: 24363900

72.  Zaccarelli, N., D.I. Bolnick, and G. Mancinelli. 2013. RInsp: an R package for the analysis of individual specialization in resource use. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.  4:1018-1023.

71. Urban, M.C. R. Burger, and D.I. Bolnick. 2013. Asymmetric selection and the evolution of extraordinary defences. Nature Communications. 4. Article # 2085. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3085. PMCID: PMC3710097.

70. A.P. Hendry, A.P., R.E. Kaeuffer, E. Crispo, C.L. Peichel, D.I. Bolnick. 2013. Evolutionary inferences from the analysis of exchangeability. Evolution. 67: 3429-3441.  doi: 10.1111/evo.12160  PMID: 24299398

69. Jiang, Y., D.I. Bolnick, and M. Kirkpatrick. 2013. Assortative mating in animals. American Naturalist. 181: E125-E138 doi: 10.1086/670160. PMID: 23669548 (Most-viewed paper published in The American Naturalist in 2013; Also, in 2013 this was among the top 10 most-downloaded papers ever published in the journal).

 

2012

68. Falk, J., C. E. Parent, D. Agashe, and D.I. Bolnick. 2012. Drift and selection entwined: asymmetric reproductive isolation in an experimental niche shift. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 14:403-423.

67. Edelaar, P. and D.I. Bolnick. 2012. Non-random gene flow: an underappreciated force in evolution and ecology. Trends in Evolution and Ecology. 27: 659-665. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.07.009. PMID: 22884295

66. Snowberg , L.S., and D.I. Bolnick. 2012. Partitioning the effects of spatial isolation, nest habitat, and individual diet in causing assortative mating within a population of threespine stickleback. Evolution. 66: 3582-3594. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01701.x  PMID: 23106720

65. Dall, S.R.X., A.M. Bell, D.I. Bolnick, and F.L.W. Ratnieks. 2012. An evolutionary ecology of individual differences. Ecology Letters. 15: 1189–1198 doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01846.x.  PMID: 22897772

64. Bolnick, D.I., and M. Kirkpatrick. 2012. The relationship between intraspecific assortative mating and reproductive isolation between divergent populations. Current Zoology. 58: 481-489.

63. Kaeuffler, R., D.I. Bolnick, A. Hendry, and C. Peichel. 2012. Parallel and non-parallel aspects of ecological, phenotypic, and genetic divergence across replicate population pairs of lake and stream stickleback. Evolution  66:402-418. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01440.x PMID: 22276537

62. Agashe, D., and D.I. Bolnick. 2012. Dietary niche and population dynamic feedbacks in a novel habitat. Oikos. 121:347-356.

2011

61. D.I. Bolnick and M.S. Áraujo. 2011. Partitioning the relative fitness effects of diet and trophic morphology in the threespine stickleback. Evolutionary Ecology Research.13:439-459.

60. Bolnick, D.I. 2011 Sympatric speciation in threespine stickleback: why not? International Journal of Ecology.2011: Article ID 942847. Faculty of 1000 “must read”, FFA = 8

59. Áraujo, M.A., C. Layman, and D.I. Bolnick. 2011. The ecological causes of individual specialization. Ecology Letters  14:948-958. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01662.x  PMID: 21790933 Faculty of 1000 “must read”, FFA = 9

58. Agashe, D., J. Falk, and D.I. Bolnick. 2011. Effects of founding genetic variation on adaptation to a novel resource. Evolution65: 2481–2491. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01307.x.  PMID: 21884051.

57. Ingram, T., W.E. Stutz, D.I. Bolnick. 2011. Does intraspecific size variation in a predator affect its diet diversity and top-down control of prey? PLOS One. 6:e20782 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020782.  PMID: 21687670

56. Schreiber, S.J., R. Bürger, D.I. Bolnick. 2011. The community effects of phenotypic and genetic variation within a predator population. Ecology. 92: 1582-1593. PMID: 21905425.

55. Bolnick, D.I., P. Amarasekare, M. Áraujo, R. Bürger, J. Levine, M. Novak, V. Rudolf, S. Schreiber, M. Urban, D. Vasseur, 2011. Why intraspecific trait variation matters in community ecology. Trends In Ecology and Evolution. 26:183-192. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.01.009. PMCID: PMC3088364.

2010

54. Agashe, D., and D.I. Bolnick. 2010. Intraspecific genetic variation and competition interact to facilitate niche expansion. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Ser. B. 277: 2915-2924. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0232.  PMID: 20462902

53. Mathews, B., K.B. Marchinko, D.I. Bolnick, A. Mazumder. 2010 Specialization of trophic position and habitat use by sticklebacks in an adaptive radiation. Ecology. 91: 1025-1034. PMID: 20462117

52. Berner, D., W.E. Stutz, and D.I. Bolnick. 2010. Foraging trait (co)variances in stickleback evolve deterministically and do not predict trajectories of adaptive divergence. Evolution. 64:2265-2277. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.00982.x PMID: 20199566

51. Sih, A. D. I. Bolnick, B. Luttbeg, J.L. Orrock, S.D. Peacor, L.M. Pintor, E. Preisser, J.S. Rehage, J.R. Vonesh. 2010. Predator-prey naïveté, antipredator behavior, and the ecology of predator invasions. Oikos. 119:610-621.

50. Bolnick, D.I., T. Ingram, L.K. Snowberg, W.E. Stutz, O.L. Lau, and J.S. Paull. 2010 Ecological release from interspecific competition leads to decoupled changes in population and individual niche width. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Ser. B. 277: 1789–1797.  doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0018. PMCID: 20164100.

2009

49. Bolnick, D. I. 2009 Hybridization and speciation in centrarchids. In Cooke, S., and D. Phillip (eds.), Biology of the Centrarchids.Oxford  University Press. Pgs 39-69.

48. Hendry, A., D.I. Bolnick,  D. Berner, and C.L. Peichel. 2009 Along the speciation continuum in sticklebacks. Journal of Fish Biology. 75: 2000-2036. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02419.x.  PMID: 20738669

47. Bolnick, D.I., and J. Paull. 2009. Morphological and dietary differences between individuals are weakly but positively correlated within a population of threespine stickleback. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 11:1217-1233.

46. Bolnick,D.I. L. Snowberg, C. Patenia, O. L. Lau, W. E. Stutz, and T. Ingram. 2009. Phenotype-dependent native habitat preference facilitates divergence between parapatric lake and stream stickleback. Evolution  63:2004-2016   doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00699.x.   PMID: 19473386.  Faculty of 1000 “recommended”, FFA = 6

45. Áraujo, M.S., D.I. Bolnick, L. A. Martinelli, A.A. Giaretta, and S.F. dos Reis. 2009 Individual-level diet variation in four species of Brazilian frogs. Journal of Animal Ecology. 78: 848-856.  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2009.01546.x.  PMID: 19486381

44. Baptestini, E.M., M.A.M. de Aguiar, D.I. Bolnick and M.S. Araujo. 2009 The shape of the competition and carrying capacity kernels affects the likelihood of disruptive selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology 259: 5-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.02.023.  PMID: 19285511

43. E.L. Preisser, D.I. Bolnick, and J. Grabowski. 2009. Resource dynamics influence the strength of non-consumptive predator effects on prey. Ecology Letters. 12:315-323. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01290.x.  PMID: 19243407

2008

42. Svänback, R., and D. I. Bolnick. 2008. Behavioral ecology: Food specialization in The Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier. 2: 1636-1642.

41. L. K. Snowberg,  and D. I. Bolnick. 2008.  Assortative mating by diet in a phenotypically unimodal but ecologically variable population of stickleback. American Naturalist172:733-739.  doi: 10.1086/591692. PMID: 18834291

40. Preisser, E.L., D.I. Bolnick. 2008. When predators don't eat their prey: nonconsumptive predator effects on prey dynamics. Ecology 89: 2414-2415. PMID: 18831162

39. Peckarsky, B. L., P.A. Abrams, D.I. Bolnick, L. Dill, J. Grabowski, B. Luttbeg, J. Orrock, S. Peacor, E.L. Preisser, O. Schmitz, G. Trussell, 2008. Revisiting the classics: considering nonconsumptive effects in textbook examples of predator-prey interactions. Ecology 89: 2416-2425.  PMID: 18831163

38.Áraujo, M., P.R. Guimaraes, R. Svanbäck, A. Pinheiro, P. Guimaraes, S. Reis, and D.I. Bolnick. 2008. Network analysis reveals contrasting effects of intraspecific competition on individual vs. population diets. Ecology. 89:1981-1993. PMID: 18705384

37.Preisser, E.L., Bolnick, D.I.  2008. The many faces of fear: categorizing the pathways and impacts of nonconsumptive predator effects on prey populations. PLOS One3: e2465.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0002465.  PMID: 18560575

36. Bolnick, D.I., and O.L. Lau. 2008. Predictable patterns of disruptive selection in stickleback in postglacial lakes. American Naturalist172:1-11.  doi: 10.1086/587805.  PMID: 18452402

35. Bolnick, D. I., E. J. Caldera, and B. Matthews. 2008. Evidence for asymmetric migration load in a pair of ecologically divergent lacustrine stickleback populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 94:373-387.

34. Bolnick, D.I., M. Turelli, H. López-Fernández, P.C. Wainwright, and T.J. Near. 2008. Accelerated mitochondrial evolution and "Darwin's corollary": asymmetric viability of reciprocal F1 hybrids in Centrarchid fishes. Genetics.178:1037-1048. doi: 10.1534/genetics.107.081364.  PMCID: PMC2248366.

33. Kitano, J., D.I. Bolnick, D.A. Beauchamp, S. Mori, T. Nakano, and C.L. Peichel. 2008. Reverse evolution of armor plates in the threespine stickleback. Current Biology18:769-774. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.04.027. PMID: 18485710

32. Caldera, E. J., and D. I. Bolnick 2008. Effects of colonization history and landscape structure on genetic variation within and among lacustrine populations of three-spine sticklebacks in a watershed. Evolutionary Ecology Research10:1-24. .

2007

31. Áraujo, M., G. Machardo, A. Giaretta, S. Reis, and D.I.Bolnick. 2007Intrapopulation diet variation in four frogs (Leptodactylidae) of the Brazilian savannah. Copeia.2007: 855-865.

30. H. López-Fernández, and D.I. Bolnick. 2007.  What causes partial F1 hybrid viability? Incomplete penetrance versus genetic variation PLOS One2007 (12): e1294.  PMID: 18074018

29. Bolnick, D.I. and P. Nosil. 2007. Natural selection in populations subject to a migration load. Evolution.61:2229-2243. PMID: 17767592  Faculty of 1000 “Recommended”

28. Bolnick, D.I., 2007. Behavioral Genetics: Evolutionary fingerprint of the ‘Invisible Hand’. Current Biology. 17:596-597.  PMID: 17686430

27. Bolnick, D. I., and B. Fitzpatrick. 2007. Sympatric speciation: models and empirical evidence. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics. 38:459-487.

26. Bolnick, D.I., R. Svänback, M. Araujo, L. Persson. 2007. Comparative support for the niche variation hypothesis that more generalized populations also are more heterogeneous. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.104:10075-10079. PMCID: PMC1891261.

  1. Áraujo, M.S., D.I.Bolnick, G. Machardo, A. Giaretta, and S. Reis. 2007. Using d13C stable isotopes to quantify individual-level diet variation. Oecologia.152:643-654. PMID: 17356809
  2. Bolnick, D.I. 2004. Can intraspecific competition drive disruptive selection? An experimental test in natural populations of sticklebacks. Evolution. 58:608-618. PMID: 15119444.
  3. Bolnick, D. I. 2004. Waiting for sympatric speciation. Evolution. 58:895-899. PMID: 15154564

24. Svänback, R., and D. I. Bolnick. 2007. Intraspecific competition drives increased resource use diversity within a natural population. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Ser. B.274:839-844.  PMID: 17251094

23. Bolnick, D. I. 2007. ANOPA: ‘statistical’ systematics for young earth creationists. Reports of the National Center for Science Education.26:22-31.      (Critique of a paper published by a young-earth creationist in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Not peer-reviewed).

2006

22. Bolnick, D. I., T J. Near, and P. C. Wainwright. 2006. Body size divergence promotes post-zygotic reproductive isolation in centrarchids. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 8:903-913.

21. Bolnick, D. I. 2006. Multi-species outcomes in a common model of sympatric speciation. Journal of Theoretical Biology 241: 734-744. PMID: 16483610

20. Bolnick, D. I. and C. E. Miller. 2006. Intergeneric spawning between the Sacramento Perch (Archoplites interruptus) and the Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestrus), Teleostei: Centrarchidae. American Midland Naturalist. 156: 299-304.

19. Bolnick, D. A., D. I. Bolnick, and D. G. Smith. 2006. Asymmetric male and female genetic histories among Native Americans from Eastern North America. Molecular Biology and Evolution,23: 2161-2174. PMID: 16916941

2005

18. Bolnick, D. I. and E. L. Preisser. 2005. Resource competition modifies the strength of trait-mediated predator-prey interactions: a meta-analysis. Ecology86:2771-2779.

17. Bolnick, D. I., and T. J. Near. 2005. Tempo of hybrid inviability in centrarchid fishes (Teleostei: Centrarchidae). Evolution. 59:1754-1767. PMID: 16329245 Faculty of 1000 “Recommended”

16. Near, T.J., D. I. Bolnick, and P. C. Wainwright. 2005. Fossil calibrations and molecular divergence time estimates in centrarchid fishes (Teleostei: Centrarchidae) . Evolution.59:1768-1782. PMID: 16329246

15. Svanbäck, R. and D. I. Bolnick. 2005. Intraspecific competition affects the strength of individual specialization: an optimal diet theory method. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 7: 993-1012.

14. Preisser, E., D. I. Bolnick, and M. F. Benard. 2005. Scared to death? The effects of intimidation and consumption in predator-prey interactions. Ecology. 86: 501-509.

13. Alfaro, M.A., D.I. Bolnick, and P.C. Wainwright. 2005. Evolutionary consequences of many-to-one mapping of jaw morphology to mechanics in Labrid fishes. American Naturalist. 165: e140 – e154. PMID: 15937739

12. Wainwright, P. C., M. E. Alfaro, D. I. Bolnick, and C. D. Hulsey. 2005. Many-to-one mapping of form to function: a general principle of organismal design? Integrative and Comparative Biology. 45: 256-262. doi: 10.1093/icb/45.2.256.  PMID: 21676769

2004

9. Near, T.J., D.I. Bolnick, and P.C. Wainwright. 2004. Investigating phylogenetic relationships of the Centrarchidae (Actinopterygii: Perciformes) using DNA sequences from mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 32:344-357. PMID: 15186819

8. Alfaro, M.A., D.I. Bolnick, and P.C. Wainwright. 2004. The evolutionary dynamics of complex biomechanical systems: an example using the four-bar mechanism. Evolution. 58:495-503. PMID: 15119434

2003

7. Bolnick, D.I., R. Svanbäck, J.A. Fordyce, L.H. Yang, J.M. Davis, C.D. Hulsey, and M.L. Forister. 2003. The ecology of individuals: incidence and implications of individual specialization. American Naturalist 161:1-28. PMID: 12650459.Winner of the 2005 Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America

6. Bolnick, D.I., and M. Doebeli. 2003. Sexual dimorphism and adaptive speciation: two sides of the same ecological coin. Evolution. 57: 2433-2449. DOI: 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2003.tb01489.x   PMID: 14686521

2002

5. Bolnick, D.I., L.H. Yang, J.A. Fordyce, J.M. Davis, and R. Svanbäck. 2002. Measuring individual-level resource specialization. Ecology 83:2936–2941.

4. Ferry-Graham, L. D.I. Bolnick, and P.C. Wainwright. 2002. Using functional morphology to examine the ecology and evolution of specialization. Integrative and Comparative Biology 42:265-278. doi: 10.1093/icb/42.2.265. PMID: 21708718

3. Bolnick, D.I., and L. Ferry-Graham. 2002. Optimizing prey capture behaviors to maximize expected net benefit. Evolutionary Ecology Research 4:843-855.

2001

2. Bolnick, D.I. 2001. Intraspecific competition favours niche width expansion in Drosophila melanogaster. Nature 410:463-466. PMID: 11260712.

1999

1. Orians, C.M., D.I. Bolnick, B.M. Roche, R. S. Fritz, and T. Floyd. 1999. Water availability alters the relative performance of Salix sericea, Saliz eriocephala, and their F1 hybrids. Canadian Journal of Botany 77:514-522.

Software

3. Zaccarelli, N., G. Mancinelli, and D.I. Bolnick 2012. RInsp. An R package for calculating measures of individual specialization. CRAN.  http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/RInSp/RInSp.pdf

2. Araujo, M.S., and D.I. Bolnick. 2006. VarIso: A program for calculating measures of individual specialization from stable isotope data. https://webspace.utexas.edu/dib73/TheBolnickLab/Programs/Programs.html

1. Bolnick, D.I. 2002. Indspec1.0 – a windows application for calculating measures of individual specialization. Ecological Archives E083-056-S1. https://webspace.utexas.edu/dib73/TheBolnickLab/Programs/Programs.html

Books (non-academic)

Ho, JD., D.I. Bolnick,  J.C. Cluett, W.S. Morgan, D.A.  Beiler, N. Gerhart, and E.B. Grossmann. 1995.  Farms to Forests, a Naturalists Guide to Hopkins Memorial Forest. Williams College Center for Environmental Studies: Williamstown, MA.  169 pp.

Bolnick, B.R., D.J. Bolnick, and D.I. Bolnick. 1999. Waterfalls of the White Mountains. Countryman Press: Woodstock, VT. 318 pp.

Williams Outing Club. 1996. North Berkshire Outdoor Guide. Williams College, Wiliamstown MA. 182 pp.

•David Starr Jordan Prize for Innovative Contributions to the Study of Evolution, Ecology, Population or Organismal Biology, 2014. An international prize funded by Cornell, Stanford, and Indiana Universities. The prize is awarded approximately every three to eight years, to a young scientist (40 years old or less) for innovative research in organismal biology.

• College of Biological Sciences Young Alumni Award, University of California at Davis, 2011.
• Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, 2009-2015
• David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellow, 2007-2012
• Teaching Excellence Award, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin. 2007.
• George Mercer Award 2005. Awarded by the Ecological Society of America for an outstanding ecological research paper published within the past two years by a younger researcher (less than 40 years old).
• Dobzhansky Prize 2005. Awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution "in recognition of the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist."
• American Society of Naturalists’ Young Investigators Prize 2005. “recognize outstanding and promising work by investigators who have received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application deadline or who are in their final year of graduate school. ”
• Merton Love Award for best dissertation in Evolution and Ecology; Univ. of California at Davis 2004.
• Henry A. Dwight, 1829, Botanical Prize; Williams College 1996.
• Thomas G. Hardie III, 1978, Prize in Environmental Studies; Williams College 1996.
• Fulbright Grant (Malawi), 1996 (award declined in order to teach through U.S. Peace Corps).
• Phi Beta Kappa (elected 1996).

Invited Departmental Seminars

2016    upcoming: University of California San Diego. Title TBD

2016    upcoming: Cornell University. Title TBD

2015    upcoming: Princeton University. Title TBD

2015    University of Indiana, Bloomington. David Starr Jordan Prize Lecture

2015    University of Leipzig “Variation within populations: where does it come from and why should we care?”

2014    Alcohol and Addiction Seminar Series, University of Texas at Austin “Environmental and genetic control of the gut microbiota of a wild vertebrate”

2014    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill “Wild immunology” (postponed)

2013    University of Indiana, “Evolutionary perspectives on immunology”

2012    University of Oregon, “Evolutionary immunology of threespine stickleback”

2012    University of California at Davis “Habitat choice drives adaptation”

2011    University of Pittsburgh “Habitat choice drives adaptation”

2010    Tulane University, New Orleans LA "Sympatric speciation in threespine stickleback: why NOT?"

2010    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Ploen, Germany. "Sympatric speciation in threespine stickleback: why NOT?"

2010    University of Chicago, "Sympatric speciation in stickleback: all dressed up and nowhere to go?"

2009    EAWAG, Switzerland "Between-population variation in threespine stickleback"

2009    University of Bern, Switzerland, "Causes and consequences of niche variation within populations"

2009    University of British Columbia "Yes, we are all individuals: Causes and consequences of niche variation"

2009    Michigan State University "Yes, we are all individuals: Causes and consequences of niche variation"

2008    Guest lecture, UT Austin College of Education, "The Evolution of Creationism"

2008   Promotion Seminar, Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2007, Rice University  “Yes, we are all individuals: the ecology and evolution of within-population niche variation”

2007, McGill University “Does intraspecific competition promote genetic and phenotypic variation?”

2007, Texas A&M University “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2007, University of Calgary “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2007, University of Guelph “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2006, National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis “A rose is a rose is a rose, but is a stickleback a stickleback?”

2006, State University of New York, Stony Brook “Niche variation in stickleback populations”

2005, Texas State University, San Marcos “Evolution of post-mating isolation in sunfish”

2005, Population Biology Seminar Series, UT Austin. “Evolution of post-mating isolation in sunfish”

2005  Speciation seminar, University of Uppsala, Sweden  “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2004, University of Tennessee at Knoxville  “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2004, University of California at Davis. Merton Love Award Talk “Multiple perspectives on the evolution of biodiversity: species richness, ecological variation, and morphological diversity”

2004, University of New Mexico, “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2003, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin. “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2003, Center for Population Biology Seminar, University of California at Davis. “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2001, Center for Population Biology Seminar, University of California at Davis. “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

Conference Speaker Presentations (Bold indicates speaker)

2015    Stickleback meeting 2015, Stonybrook NY, Bolnick, D.I. “Deep matters: microclines in male traits across a surprisingly narrow gradient of nest depths”

2015    Evolution meeting 2015, Guaruja, Brazil Travis Ingram, Bolnick, D.I. “How strong is assortative mating within stickleback populations?”

2015    Evolution meeting 2015, Guaruja, Brazil Bolnick, D.I. “Evolution of generalized host resistance and specialized parasite immune escape”

2015    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Meeting, Bolnick, D.I. “Geographic variation in vertebrate immune function” (INVITED)

2014    American Society of Naturalists, Asilomar CA, Bolnick, DI “Deep matters: microgeographic phenotypic variation in stickleback” (INVITED)

2013    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Meeting, Bolnick, D.I. “Wild immunology” (INVITED)

2013    Society for the Study of Evolution, Snowbird Utah, Bolnick D.I., W.E. Stutz, L.K. Snowberg.“Does genetic variation in the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) of stickleback influence gut microbiota composition?

2013    Society for the Study of Evolution, Snowbird Utah, Jiang, Y., D.I. Bolnick, M. Kirkpatrick. “Assortative mating in animals”

2013    Society for the Study of Evolution, Snowbird Utah, Weber, J., and D.I. Bolnick. “Is ecological speciation accompanied by genetic divergence in immune function?”

2012    David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Monterey CA, Bolnick, D.I. “Adaptation by choice” (INVITED)

2012    Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa Canada, Bolnick, D.I. “Diet effects on the stickleback microbiome”

2012    Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa Canada, Falk, J., C.E. Parent, and D.I. Bolnick“Does unequal selection regime lead to asymmetrical reproductive isolation? An experimental test using Tribolium castaneum flour beetles”

2012    Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa Canada, Snowberg, L.K. and D.I. Bolnick“Partitioning the effects of spatial isolation, nest habitat, and individual diet in causing assortative mating within a population of threespine stickleback”

2012    Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa Canada, Stutz, W.E. and D.I. Bolnick“Local adaptation to parasites in parapatric populations of threespine stickleback”

2012    Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa Canada, Jiang, Y. and D.I. Bolnick“Divergent habitat preference mediated by divergence in rheotactic behavior between parapatric lake and stream threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)”

2011    Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX. Bolnick, D.I., P. Amarasekare, M.S. Arauho, R. Burger, J. Levine, M. Novak, V. Rudolf, S. Schreiber, MC. Urban, D.A. Vasseur. "Why does intraspecific trait variation matter in ecology?"

2011    Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX. S. Schreiber, R. Burger, D.I. Bolnick. "The community effects of phenotypic and genetic variation within a predator population."

2011    Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX. Snowberg, L.K. K. Hendrix, D.I. Bolnick. Evidence for population level variability in individual ecological specialization in the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)"

2011    Society for the Study of Evolution,  Norman, OK. Warren, D., M. Brandley, D.I. Bolnick. "The Where and Why of Caribbean Reef Fish Distributions: Citizen Science in the Sea"

2011     Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Meeting Bolnick, D.I. "Host immune evolution in complex parasite communities" (INVITED)

2010    First European Conference on Speciation, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg Austria Bolnick, D.I. "Sympatric speciation in threespine stickleback: why NOT?" (INVITED)

2010    Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland OR. Parent, C.E., D. Agashe, DI Bolnick "Contrary to expectations, intraspecific competition suppresses niche width in flour beetles".

2010    Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland OR. Berner, D., W.E. Stutz, D.I. Bolnick. Foraging trait (co)variances in stickleback evolve deterministically and do not predict trajectories of adaptive diversification".

2009    Association for the Study of Animal Behavior Winter Conference, London, UK Bolnick, D.I. "Causes and consequences of niche variation within populations" (INVITED)

2009    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bolnick, D.I. "Maintenance of genetic diversity within populations" (INVITED)

2008    David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Annual Meeting for Packard Fellows, Park City Utah. Bolnick, D.I. "Incorporating within-population variation into ecology". (INVITED)

2008, University of Koln, Germany, keynote speaker at the Graduate Meeting of the Ecology Section of the German Zoological Society, on The ecology of specialized individuals in populations: prerequisites, constraints,  development,  relevance.  Bolnick, D.I. ““Yes, we are all individuals: the ecology and evolution of within-population niche variation” (INVITED)

2008, Society for the Study of Evolution, Minneapolis MN. D.I. Bolnick, “Predictable patterns of disruptive selection in three-spine stickleback”

2008, Society for the Study of Evolution, Minneapois MN. Agashe, D and D.I. Bolnick, "Does genetic variation facilitate niche expansion?"

2007, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Antonio, TX. D.Agashe, and DI Bolnick, “Genetic variation facilitates niche width expansion”

2007, Ecological Society of America Meeting, San Jose, CA. Bolnick, D.I. “Quantitative patterns of niche variation: more generalized populations are also more variable”

2007, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Antonio, TX. L. Snowberg and DI Bolnick, “Assortative mating by diet in threespine stickleback”.

2006, Ecological Society of America. E.L. Preisser and D.I. Bolnick. “Multifarious mechanisms of non-consumptive effects in predator-prey interactions”

2005 Dobzhansky Award / ASN Young Investigator Award address, Fairbanks AK Bolnick, D.I. “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition” (INVITED)

2005  Society for Study of Evolution / American Society of Naturalists meeting, Fairbanks AK D.I. Bolnick “Tempo of reproductive isolation in sunfish”

2004, Ecological Society of America meeting, Portland, OR D.I. Bolnick “Using optimal foraging theory to explain how population density affects the degree of individual specialization”

2004, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans, LA D.I. Bolnick “Comparative approaches to intra-population niche variation”

2003, Society for Study of Evolution, Chico, CA D.I. Bolnick  “Does intraspecific competition generate disruptive selection?”

2003, Society for Study of Evolution, Chico, CA. Tom Near, DI Bolnick and PC Wainwright, “Strategies for fossil calibration of molecular clocks in sunfish and basses (Perciformes:Centrarchidae), a multi-gene approach”

2003, Society for Study of Evolution, Chico, CA. M. Alfaro, DI Bolnick, PC Wainwright, “Many-to-one mapping in the 4-bar linkage of wrasses”

2002, American Society of Naturalists. Banff, Canada. D.I. Bolnick  “Does intraspecific competition generate disruptive selection?”

2001, Society for Study of Evolution. Knoxville, TN. D.I. Bolnick “Intraspecific competition and niche width evolution”

2000, California Population and Evolutionary Genetics Meeting, Santa Cruz, CA. D.I. Bolnick “Intraspecific competition drives niche expansion in Drosophila”

Contributed Conference Posters (Bold indicates presenting author)

2013    Society for the Study of Evolution, Snowbird Utah, Coates, J. (minority undergraduate), Schmerer, M., and D.I.Bolnick

2013    David and Lucille Packard Foundation conference, Denver, CO. Bolnick, D.I. “Evolutionary perspectives on immunology”

2011    Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX. J.M. Heiling, C.E. Parent, D.I. Bolnick. "Ecological history and adaptive future: A study of adaptation to stress in Tribolium castaneum".

2011    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Jaenalia Farm, VA. Stutz, W.E., and D.I. Bolnick. “Bioinformatic analysis of amplicon sequences of a gene family (MHC)”

2011    Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX. Falk, J.J., C.E. Parent, D.A. Agashe, D.I. Bolnick. Poster: "Adaptation to a novel food resource fails to initiate reproductive isolation in laboratory populations of Tribolium castaneum"

2011    Society for the Study of Evolution, Norman, OK, Snowberg, L.K., and D.I. Bolnick. Poster: "Partitioning the effects of nest habitat and ecological variation on assortative mating within a population of threespine stickleback".

2010    David and Lucille Packard Foundation Meeting, Bolnick, D.I. "Adaptive evolution of genetic (co)variances" , Monterey CA

2009  David and Lucille Packard Foundation Meeting, Bolnick, D.I. "Ecological effects of intraspecific variation" , Monterey CA

1996, Ecological Society of America, Providence, RI. D.I. Bolnick “Drought mediates introgression between two species of willows”

Colloquia and Workshop Talks (all invited)

2014    Jacques Monod Conference: Infectious diseases as drivers of evolution: the challenges ahead. Brest, France. “MHC Class II jointly regulates helminth parasites and gut microbial symbionts”

2014    Ecoimmunology Research Coordination Network Conference. Woods Hole, MA. Bolnick, DI., “Local adaptation as a tool for finding immunologically relevant genetic diversity”

2014    Center for Computational Biology Symposium on Microbiota and Metagenomics, Austin TX. “Gut Microbiota depend on multi-way interactions between host genotype, sex, and environment in a wild vertebrate population”

2014    American Society of Naturalists, Asilomar CA. “Deep matters: habitat choice and depth gradients in phenotypes of threespine stickleback” in symposium on “Microgeographic adaptation”

2012  Lecturer, Helsinki Summer School on Mathematical Ecology and Evolution: Theory of Speciation (August 19-26 2012). 6 lectures on the interface of theory and empirical research on speciation. Turku, Finland.

2011    Graduate Student Symposium keynote speaker, University of Toronto system. "Adaptation without natural selection?"

2010    Society for the Study of Evolution, Portland OR. Symposium on sexual dimorphism and natural selection. "Sexual dimorphism and disruptive selection in threespine stickleback"

2007, European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala, Sweden, “Habitat choice and adaptive divergence at multiple spatial scales in threespine stickleback”, in the symposium on “Phenotype-dependent habitat choice”.

2006, Workshop on Genetic and Evolutionary Diversification, Erwin Schrodinger Institute for Mathematical Physics, Vienna. “Diet variation in natural populations: implications for frequency-dependent selection”

2006, University of Michigan, Young Scientists’ Symposium “Diversifying effect of intraspecific competition”

2005, Symposium on the “Evolutionary biology of Centrarchidae” at the meeting of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, Tampa, FL. D.I. Bolnick “Tempo of reproductive isolation in sunfish” (co-organizer of Symposium, with Tom Near and Peter Wainwright).

2005, European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Krakow, Poland. Invited speaker for symposium titled: “Genetic diversification by frequency-dependent selection: theoretical approaches and empirical facts”. Talk title: “Empirical tests of frequency-dependence and disruptive selection” 

  • UTeach Research Methods
  • Fundamentals of Evolution
  • Evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions (reading seminar)
  • Evolutionary genomics (reading seminar)
  • Speciation (Graduate course)
  • Ecology of Speciation (Graduate course)
  • Muddyboots Statistics (Applied data analysis) (Graduate course)
  • Macroevolution (Graduate course)
  • Teaching Evolution
  • Helsinki Summer School in Mathematical Biology (August 2012)

Postdoctoral researchers

Current

      Thor Veen, 2014-2015 (PhD, Univ Groningen)

Natalie Steinel, 2013-2016 (PhD, University of Pennsylvania Medical School)

Yoel Stuart, 2013-2019 (PhD, Harvard University)

      Jesse Weber, 2012-2015 (PhD, Harvard University)

      Alex Jordan, 2013-2015 (co-advised with Mike Ryan and Hans Hoffman, PhD, ANU)

Former

William Stutz, 2013-2014 (PhD, UT Austin)

Travis Ingram, 2013 (PhD, University of British Columbia).

Lisa Snowberg, 2013 (PhD, University of Texas at Austin)

Christine Parent 2008-2011 (PhD, Simon Frasier University)

      Daniel Warren 2009 – 2011 (PhD, University of California at Davis)

      Matthew Schmerer 2010-2011 (PhD, Albert Einstein University)

      Marcio Araujo 2008-2009 (PhD, UNICAMP, Brazil)

      Hernan López-Fernández,  2005-2006 (PhD, Texas A&M University)

      Richard Svanback  (co-sponsor, primary sponsor is Dolph Schluter, other co-sponsor is   Michael Doebeli) 2005-2006 (PhD, University of Uppsala)

      Rose Carlson (co-advised with George Lauder at Harvard University) 2008-2010 (PhD,

University of California at Davis)

 

Graduate students

Current students:

      Chad Brock,

      Brian Lohman

      Olivia Schmidt (NSF Graduate Research Fellowship)

      (“Will”) Kum Shuan Shim  (NSERC Fellowship; starting Fall 2015)

      Sebastian Stockmeier (starting Fall 2015)

Graduated students

      Dr. Kelsey Jiang

      Dr. Will Stutz,

Dr. Lisa Snowberg (NSF Graduate Research Fellowship)

Dr. Deepa Agashe

Dr. Marcio Araujo (visited from UNICAMP, Brazil, for 6 months)

Dr. Anna Siwertsson (visiting from Norway for 6 months)

Kimberly Hendrix (Masters in Science Education; High-school biology teacher)

 

Lab technicians

On Lee Lau (2005-2008)

Eric Caldera (2005)

Jeff Paull (2008-2009)

Julie Day (2009-2010)

Kimberly Ballare (2010-2012)

Jay Falk (2010-2011)

Will Shim (2012-2015)

Hollis Woodard (2012-2013)

Racine Rangel (2013-2014)

Lei Ma (2013-2014)

Andrew Gerhart (2014)

Jessica Casillas (2014-2015)

We are always happy to host and supervise undergraduates wishing to pursue research in evolution, ecology, immunology, and host-parasite interactions. Contact Dr. Bolnick (danbolnick@austin.utexas.edu) for details. When submitting an inquiry, explain your motivations, your coursework and prior experiences with research if any, and your grades in college level science and math classes.