Professor Steve Chenoweth


School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Deputy Associate Dean

Faculty of Science
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Our lab aims to test fundamental hypotheses in genetics and evolutionary biology. Principally, we are interested the relationship between genotypic and phenotypic change during adaptive evolution. This line of inquiry requires an understanding of both the type of selection acting on traits as they evolve and ultimately the functional polymorphisms available for selection to act upon. We presently use both native and exotic species of Drosophila in our work but also undertake collaborative study in other organisms that represent examples of recurring ecological and evolutionary phenomena. We are equipped to use a broad range of techniques in our investigations including experimental evolution, field-based selection studies, quantitative genetics, molecular population genetics, genomics and advanced quantitative methods in statistics and computational biology. The broad range of techniques available to our group provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their skill sets as they address fundamental questions.

Research Interests

  • Sex-specific selection and its evolutionary consequences
  • The evolution of sex-biased gene expression
  • Quantitative genetics of the vectors of human infectious disease


  • Bachelor of Sciences (Hon0, Griffith.
  • PhD, Griffith.


  • Ford, Suzanne A., Allen, Scott L., Ohm, Johanna R., Sigle, Leah T., Sebastian, Aswathy, Albert, Istvan, Chenoweth, Stephen F. and McGraw, Elizabeth A. (2019) Selection on Aedes aegypti alters Wolbachia-mediated dengue virus blocking and fitness. Nature Microbiology, 4 11: 1832-1839. doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0533-3

  • White, Craig R., Marshall, Dustin J., Alton, Lesley A., Arnold, Pieter A., Beaman, Julian E., Bywater, Candice L., Condon, Catriona, Crispin, Taryn S., Janetzki, Aidan, Pirtle, Elia, Winwood-Smith, Hugh S., Angilletta, Michael J., Chenoweth, Stephen F., Franklin, Craig E., Halsey, Lewis G., Kearney, Michael R., Portugal, Steven J. and Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel (2019) The origin and maintenance of metabolic allometry in animals. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 4: 598-603. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0839-9

  • Connallon, Tim and Chenoweth, Stephen F. (2019) Dominance reversals and the maintenance of genetic variation for fitness. Plos Biology, 17 1: . doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000118

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Book Chapter

  • Chenoweth, Stephen F., Hunt, John and Rundle, Howard D. (2012). Analyzing and comparing the geometry of individual fitness surfaces. In Erik Svensson and Ryan Calsbeek (Ed.), The adaptive landscape in evolutionary biology (pp. 126-149) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision