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University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

September 2000



Associate Professor of Biology



1998- Associate Professor of Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

1997-1998 Assistant Professor of Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

1992-1997 Assistant Professor of Biology, Indiana University

1992-1993 Research Scientist III, Department of Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1990-1992 Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1988-1990 Research Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, University of California, Berkeley


1988 University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Ph.D., Zoology

1982 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Combined HBSc in Biology/Mathematics (First Class Honors)



Papers published or in press or published

Alonzo, S.H. and Sinervo, B. 2000. Mate choice games, context-dependent good genes, and genetic cycles in the side-blotched lizard, Uta stansburiana. Behavioral Ecology Sociobiology. (in press)

Sinervo, B., Miles, D.B., DeNardo, D.F., Frankino, W.A. and Klukowski, M. 2000b. Testosterone, endurance, Darwinian Fitness: Proximate bases of the rock-paper-scissors game of alternative male strategies. Hormones and Behavior. (in press, December issue)

Miles, D.B., Sinervo, B. and Frankino, W.A. 2000. Reproductive burden, locomotor performance, and the costs of reproduction in free ranging lizards. Evolution 54: 1386-1395.

Sinervo, B., Svensson, E. and Comendant, T. 2000. Density cycles and an offspring quantity and quality game driven by natural selection. Nature 406: 985-988.

Svensson, E. and Sinervo, B. 2000. Experimental Excursions on adaptive landscapes: density-dependent selection on egg size. Evolution 54: 1396-1403.

Sinervo, B. 1999. Mechanistic Analysis of Natural selection and a Refinement of Lack's and William’s Principles. American Naturalist 154 SUPPL: S26-S42.

Sinervo, B. and Svensson, E. 1998. Mechanistic and selective causes of life history trade-offs and plasticity. Oikos: 83: 432-442.

Rieseberg, L.H., Araias, D.M., Ungerer, M.C., Linder, C.R. and Sinervo, B. 1996. The effects of mating on introgression between chromosomally divergent sunflower species. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 93:633-644.

Rieseberg, L.H., Sinervo, B., Linder, C.R., Ungerer, M.C. and Arias, D.M. 1996. Role of gene interactions in hybrid speciation: Evidence from ancient and experimental hybrids. Science 272: 741-745.

Sinervo, B. and Lively, C.M. 1996. The rock-scissors-paper game and the evolution of alternative male strategies. Nature 340:240-246.

Sinervo, B. and Doughty, P. 1996. Interactive effects of offspring size and timing of reproduction on offspring reproduction: Experimental, maternal, and quantitative genetic aspects. Evolution 50:1314-1327.

Sinervo, B. and DeNardo, D.F. 1996. Costs of reproduction in the wild: Path analysis of natural selection and experimental tests of causation. Evolution 50:1299-1313.

Sinervo, B. and Dunlap, K.D. 1995. Thyroxine affects behavioral thermoregulation but not growth rate among populations of the western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis). Journal of Comparative Physiological B. 164:509-517.

Doughty, P. and Sinervo, B. 1994. The effects of habitat, time of hatching, and body size on dispersal in Uta stansburiana. Journal of Herpetology 28:485-490.

Sinervo, B., and Adolph, S.C. 1994. Growth plasticity and thermal opportunity in Sceloporus lizards. Ecology 75:776-790.

DeNardo, D.F. and Sinervo, B. 1994a. Effects of steroid hormone interaction on activity and home-range of male lizards. Hormones and Behavior 28:273-287.

DeNardo, D.F. and Sinervo, B. 1994b. Effects of corticosterone on activity and territory size of free-ranging male lizards. Hormone and Behavior 28:53-65.

Doughty, P., Sinervo, B. and Burghardt, G.M. 1994. Sex-biased dispersal in a polygynous lizard, Uta stansburiana. Animal Behavior 47:227-229.

Sinervo, B. 1993. The effect of offspring size on physiology and life history: manipulation of size using allometric engineering. Bioscience 43:210-218.

Sinervo, B., Doughty, P., Huey, R.B. and Zamudio, K. 1992. Allometric engineering: A causal analysis of natural selection on offspring size. Science 258:1927-1930.

Sinervo, B. and Licht, P. 1991b. Proximate constraints on the evolution of egg size, egg number and total clutch mass in lizards. Science 252:1300-1302.

Sinervo, B. and Licht, P. 1991a. The physiological and hormonal control of clutch size, egg size and egg shape in Uta stansburiana: Constraints on the evolution of lizard life histories. Journal of Experimental Zoology 257:252-264.

Sinervo, B. and Losos, J.B. 1991. Walking the tight rope: a comparison of arboreal sprint performance among populations of Sceloporus occidentalis. Ecology 72:1225-1237.

Sinervo, B., Hedges, R. and Adolph, S.C. 1991. Decreased sprint speed as a cost of reproduction in the lizard Sceloporus occidentalis: variation among populations. Journal of Experimental Biology 155:323-336.

Sinervo, B. and Doyle, R.W. 1990. Life-history analysis in "physiological" compared with "sidereal" time: an example with an amphipod in a varying environment. Marine Biology 107:129-139.

Sinervo, B. and Huey, R.B. 1990. Allometric engineering: testing the causes of interpopulation differences in performance. Science 248:1106-1109.

Sinervo, B. 1990b. The evolution of thermal physiology and growth rate between populations of the western fence lizard (Sceloprus occidentalis). Oecologia 83:228-237.

Sinervo, B. 1990a. The evolution of maternal investment in lizards: an experimental and comparative analysis of egg size and its effects on offspring performance. Evolution 44:279-294.

Losos, J.B. and Sinervo, B. 1989. The effect of morphology and perch size on sprint performance in Anolis lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 145:23-30.

Boring, L.F., Sinervo, B. and Schubiger, G. 1989. Experimental phenocopy of a Minute maternal-effect mutation alters blastoderm determination in embryos of Drosophila melanogaster. Developmental Biology 132:343-354.

Sinervo, B. and Adolph, S.C. 1989. The thermal sensitivity of growth in hatchling Sceloporus lizards: environmental, behavioral and genetic aspects. Oecologia 78:411-419.

Sinervo, B. 1989. The evolution of growth rate in Sceloporus lizards: environmental, behavioral, maternal, and genetic aspects. Dissertation, University of Washington, WA.

Sinervo, B. and McEdward, L.R. 1988. Developmental consequences of an evolutionary change in egg size: an experimental test. Evolution 42:885-899.


Co-Editor of book:

Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild. T.A. Mousseau, B. Sinervo, and J.A. Endler, eds. 2000. Oxford University Press, New York. 265 pages

Book Chapters

Sinervo, B. 2000. Selection in local neighborhoods, graininess of social environments, and the ecology of alternative strategies. In: Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology. L. Dugatkin, ed. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. (in press)

Zamudio K, and Sinervo B. 2000. Ecological and social contexts for the evolution of alternative mating strategies, In: Lizard mating systems. S. Fox, T. Baird, and K. McCoy, eds, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. (in press)

Sinervo, B. 2000. Adaptation, natural selection, and optimal life history allocation. In: Adaptive Genetic Variation in the Wild. T.A. Mousseau, B. Sinervo and J.A. Endler, eds. Oxford University Press, New York. pp. 41-64.

Sinervo, B. 1997. Adaptive maternal effects in lizards. In: Adaptive Maternal Effects. T. Mousseau and C. Fox, eds. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England. pp. 288-306.

Sinervo, B. and Basolo, A.L. 1996. Testing adaptation using phenotypic manipulations. In: Adaptation. M.R. Rose and G. Lauder, eds. Academic Press, New York. pp. 148-185.

Sinervo, B 1994a. Experimental tests of allocation paradigms. In: Lizard Ecology III, E.R. Pianka and L.J. Vitt, eds. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. 73-93.

Sinervo, B. 1994b. Experimental manipulations of clutch and egg size of lizards: mechanistic, evolutionary, and conservation aspects. In: Captive Management and Husbandry of Reptiles and Amphibians. J.B. Murphy, K. Adler and T.C. Collins, eds. SSAR, Cornell, NY. 183-193.

Sinervo, B. 1991. Experimental and comparative analyses of egg size of lizards. In: Proceedings of the IVth International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology. E. Dudley, ed. Dioscorides Press, Portland, OR. pp. 725-734.

Book Reviews

Sinervo, B. 1995. Review of Ecological Morphology: Integrative Organismal Biology, by P.C. Wainwright and S.M. Reilly. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Sinervo, B. 1995. Review of The Evolution of Life Histories: Theory and Analysis, by D.A. Roff. Animal Behavior.

Sinervo, B. 1992. Comparative oology review of Egg Incubation: Its Effects of Embryonic Development I Birds and Reptiles, by D.C. Deeming and M.W.J. Ferguson. Science.


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