Doctor Clarissa House

Doctor Clarissa House

Senior Lecturer,
Life Sciences



  • PhD(Distinction) University of Western Australia

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Life Sciences


Phone: (02) 4570 1969
Location: M15.G.59

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Chapters in Books

  • Hunt, J., Rapkin, J., House, C. and Wilson, A. (2019), 'Beyond genes and environments : indirect genetic effects and the evolution of behaviour', Genes and Behaviour: Beyond Nature-Nurture, John Wiley & Sons 9781119313427.
  • Hunt, J., Rapkin, J. and House, C. (2018), 'The genetics of reproductive behavior', Insect Behavior: From Mechanisms to Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences, Oxford University Press 9780198797500.
  • Hunt, J. and House, C. (2011), 'The evolution of parental care in the onthophagine dung beetles', Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles, Wiley-Blackwell 9781444333152.

Journal Articles

  • House, C., Lewis, Z., Sharma, M., Hodgson, D., Hunt, J., Wedell, N. and Hosken, D. (2021), 'Sexual selection on the genital lobes of male Drosophila simulans', Evolution, vol 75, no 2 , pp 501 - 514.
  • House, C., Tunstall, P., Rapkin, J., Bale, M., Gage, M., Castillo, E. and Hunt, J. (2020), 'Multivariate stabilizing sexual selection and the evolution of male and female genital morphology in the red flour beetle', Evolution, vol 74, no 5 , pp 883 - 896.
  • Hosken, D., Archer, C., House, C. and Wedell, N. (2019), 'Penis evolution across species : divergence and diversity', Nature Reviews. Urology, vol 16, no 2 , pp 98 - 106.
  • House, C., Rapkin, J., Hunt, J. and Hosken, D. (2019), 'Operational sex ratio and density predict the potential for sexual selection in the broad-horned beetle', Animal Behaviour, vol 152 , pp 63 - 69.
  • Rapkin, J., Jensen, K., Archer, C., House, C., Sakaluk, S., del Castillo, E. and Hunt, J. (2018), 'The geometry of nutrient space-based life-history trade-offs : sex-specific effects of macronutrient intake on the trade-off between encapsulation ability and reproductive effort in decorated crickets', The American Naturalist, vol 191, no 4 , pp 452 - 474.
  • Rapkin, J., Jensen, K., House, C., Wilson, A. and Hunt, J. (2018), 'Genotype-by-sex-by-diet interactions for nutritional preference, dietary consumption, and lipid deposition in a field cricket', Heredity, vol 121, no 4 , pp 361 - 373.
  • Maraqa, M., Griffin, R., Sharma, M., Wilson, A., Hunt, J., Hosken, D. and House, C. (2017), 'Constrained evolution of the sex comb in Drosophila simulans', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 30, no 2 , pp 388 - 400.
  • Rapkin, J., Jensen, K., House, C., Sakaluk, S., Sakaluk, J. and Hunt, J. (2017), 'The complex interplay between macronutrient intake, cuticular hydrocarbon expression and mating success in male decorated crickets', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 30, no 4 , pp 711 - 727.
  • Rapkin, J., Archer, C., Grant, C., Jensen, K., House, C., Wilson, A. and Hunt, J. (2017), 'Little evidence for intralocus sexual conflict over the optimal intake of nutrients for life span and reproduction in the black field cricket Teleogryllus commodus', Evolution, vol 71, no 9 , pp 2159 - 2177.
  • Jensen, K., Shearman, M., Rapkin, J., Carey, M., House, C. and Hunt, J. (2017), 'Change in sex pheromone expression by nutritional shift in male cockroaches', Behavioral Ecology, vol 28, no 6 , pp 1393 - 1401.
  • House, C., Jensen, K., Rapkin, J., Lane, S., Okada, K., Hosken, D. and Hunt, J. (2016), 'Macronutrient balance mediates the growth of sexually selected weapons but not genitalia in male broad-horned beetles', Functional Ecology, vol 30, no 5 , pp 769 - 779.
  • Rapkin, J., Jensen, K., Lane, S., House, C., Sakaluk, S. and Hunt, J. (2016), 'Macronutrient intake regulates sexual conflict in decorated crickets', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 29, no 2 , pp 395 - 406.
  • Bunning, H., Bassett, L., Clowser, C., Rapkin, J., Jensen, K., House, C., Archer, C. and Hunt, J. (2016), 'Dietary choice for a balanced nutrient intake increases the mean and reduces the variance in the reproductive performance of male and female cockroaches', Ecology and Evolution, vol 6, no 14 , pp 4711 - 4730.
  • House, C., Sharma, M., Okada, K. and Hosken, D. (2016), 'Pre and post-copulatory selection favor similar genital phenotypes in the male broad horned beetle', Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol 56, no 4 , pp 682 - 693.
  • Lane, S., Dickinson, A., Tregenza, T. and House, C. (2016), 'Sexual selection on male cuticular hydrocarbons via male-male competition and female choice', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 29, no 7 , pp 1346 - 1355.
  • Lane, S., Haughan, A., Evans, D., Tregenza, T. and House, C. (2016), 'Same-sex sexual behaviour as a dominance display', Animal Behaviour, vol 114 , pp 113 - 118.
  • Lane, S., Solino, J., Mitchell, C., Blount, J., Okada, K., Hunt, J. and House, C. (2015), 'Rival male chemical cues evoke changes in male pre- and post-copulatory investment in a flour beetle', Behavioral Ecology, vol 26, no 4 , pp 1021 - 1029.
  • Okada, K., Archer, C., Katsuki, M., Suzaki, Y., Sharma, M., House, C. and Hosken, D. (2015), 'Polyandry and fitness in female horned flour beetles, Gnatocerus cornutus', Animal Behaviour, vol 106 , pp 11 - 16.
  • Ingleby, F., Hosken, D., Flowers, K., Hawkes, M., Lane, S., Rapkin, J., House, C., Sharma, M. and Hunt, J. (2014), 'Environmental heterogeneity, multivariate sexual selection and genetic constraints on cuticular hydrocarbons in Drosophila simulans', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 27, no 4 , pp 700 - 713.
  • Okada, K., Katsuki, M., Sharma, M., House, C. and Hosken, D. (2014), 'Sexual conflict over mating in Gnatocerus cornutus? : females prefer lovers not fighters', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, vol 281, no 1785 .
  • House, C., Lewis, Z., Hodgson, D., Wedell, N., Sharma, M., Hunt, J. and Hosken, D. (2013), 'Sexual and natural selection both influence male genital evolution', PLoS One, vol 8, no 5 .
  • House, C. and Simmons, L. (2012), 'The genetics of primary and secondary sexual character trade-offs in a horned beetle', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol 25, no 9 , pp 1711 - 1717.
  • House, C., Simmons, L., Kotiaho, J., Tomkins, J. and Hunt, J. (2011), 'Sex ratio bias in the dung beetle Onthophagus taurus : adaptive allocation or sex-specific offspring mortality?', Evolutionary Ecology, vol 25, no 2 , pp 363 - 372.
  • House, C., Bleakley, B., Walling, C., Price, T., Stamper, C. and Moore, A. (2011), 'The influence of maternal effects on indirect benefits associated with polyandry', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, vol 278, no 1709 , pp 1177 - 1182.
  • South, S., House, C., Moore, A., Simpson, S. and Hunt, J. (2011), 'Male cockroaches prefer a high carbohydrate diet that makes them more attractive to females : implications for the study of condition dependence', Evolution, vol 65, no 6 , pp 1594 - 1606.
  • Hosken, D. and House, C. (2011), 'Sexual selection', Current Biology, vol 21, no 2 , pp 62 - 65.
  • House, C., Roth, C., Hunt, J. and Kover, P. (2010), 'Paternal effects in Arabidopsis indicate that offspring can influence their own size', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, vol 277, no 1695 , pp 2885 - 2893.
  • Simmons, L., House, C., Hunt, J. and Garcia-Gonzalez, F. (2009), 'Evolutionary response to sexual selection in male genital morphology', Current Biology, vol 19, no 17 , pp 1442 - 1446.

Previous Projects

Title: The Rapid Evolution of Male Genitalia
  • Australian Academy of Science
Western Researchers: Clarissa House
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025723

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