MD Hall, G Bento and D Ebert. 2017. The evolutionary consequences of stepwise infection processes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, in press.

O Thompson, SAY Gipson and  MD Hall. The impact of host sex on the outcome of co-infection. Scientific Reports 7(1): 910.


SAY Gipson and MD Hall. 2016. The evolution of sexual dimorphism and its potential impact on host–pathogen coevolution. Evolution 70 (5): 959–968.

T Connallon and MD Hall. 2016. Genetic correlations and sex‐specific adaptation in changing environments. Evolution 70(10): 2186–2198.

J Michel, D Ebert and MD Hall. The trans-generational impact of population density signals on host-parasite interactions. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16(1): 254.

D Ebert, D Duneau, MD Hall, P Luijckx, JP Andras, L Du Pasquier and F. Ben-Ami. 2016. A population biology perspective on the stepwise infection process of the bacterial pathogen Pasteuria ramosa in Daphnia. Advances in parasitology 91: 265–310.


Clerc, M., D. Ebert, and M. D. Hall. 2015. Expression of parasite genetic variation changes over the course of infection: implications of within-host dynamics for the evolution of virulence. Proc R Soc B 282: 20142820–20142820.

Roulin, A. C., M. Mariadassou, M. D. Hall, J-C. Walser, C. Haag, and D. Ebert. 2015. High genetic variation in resting stage production in a metapopulation: Is there evidence for local adaptation? Evolution 69(10): 2747–2756. 

JC Havird, MD Hall and DK Dowling. 2015. The evolution of sex: a new hypothesis based on mitochondrial mutational erosion. Bioessays 37 (9), 951–958.


Routtu J., Hall, M.D., Albere, B., Beisel, C., Bergeron, R.D., Chaturvedi, A., Choi, J-H., Colbourne, J. De Meester, L., Stephens, M.T., Stelzer, C-P., Solorzano, E., Thomas, W.K., Pfrender, M.E. & Ebert, D. 2014. An SNP-based second-generation genetic map of Daphnia magna and its application to QTL analysis of phenotypic traits. BMC Genomics, 15: 1033.

Sheikh-Jabbari, E., Hall, M.D., Ben-Ami, F., & Ebert, D. 2014. The expression of virulence for a mixed-mode transmitted parasite in a diapausing host. Parasitology, 141: 1097-1107.


Hall, M.D. & Ebert, D. (2013) The genetics of infectious disease susceptibility: has the evidence for epistasis been overestimated?  BMC Biology, 11: 79.

Hall M.D., Lailvaux S.P. & Brooks R.C. (2013) Sex-specific evolutionary potential of pre- and postcopulatory reproductive interactions in the field cricket, Teleogryllus commodusEvolution, 67: 1831 - 1837.

Roulin, A., Routto, J., Hall, M.D., Janicke, T., Coulson, I., Haag, C. & Ebert, D. (2013) Local adaptation of sex-induction in a facultative sexual crustacean: insights from QTL mapping and natural populations of Daphnia magna. Molecular Ecology, 22: 3567 - 3579.


Hall, M.D.,  Vettiger. A. & Ebert, D. (2012) Interactions between environmental stressors: the influence of salinity on host–parasite interactions between Daphnia magna and Pasteuria ramosa. Oecologia, 171: 789 - 796.

Kasumovic, M.M., Hall, M.D. Try, H. & Brooks, R.C. (2012) Socially cued developmental plasticity affects condition-dependent trait expression. Behavioral Ecology, 24: 429 - 434.

Hall, M.D. & Ebert, D. (2012) Disentangling the influence of parasite genotype, host genotype and maternal environment on different stages of bacterial infection in Daphnia magna. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279: 3176-3183.

Drayton, J. M., Hall, M. D., Hunt, J. & Jennions, M. D. (2012) Sexual signaling and immune function in the black field cricket Teleogryllus commodus. PLoS ONE, 7(7): e39631.

Kasumovic, M.M., Hall, M.D., & Brooks, R.C. (2012) The juvenile social environment introduces variation in the choice and expression of sexually selected traits. Ecology and Evolution, 2(5): 1036–1047.


Kasumovic, M.M., Hall, M.D., Try, H. & Brooks, R.C. (2011) The importance of listening: developmental shifts in response to juvenile acoustic environment. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24: 1325–1334.

Drayton, J. M., Milner, R. N. C., Hall, M. D., & Jennions, M. D. (2011) Inbreeding and courtship calling in the cricket Teleogryllus commodus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24: 47–58.


Hall, M. D., Lailvaux, S. P., Blows, M. W. & Brooks, R. (2010) Sexual conflict and the maintenance of multivariate genetic variation. Evolution, 64(6): 1697–1703.

Lailvaux, S. P., Hall, M. D., & Brooks, R. (2010) Performance is no proxy for genetic quality: tradeoffs between locomotion, attractiveness and life-history in crickets. Ecology, 91(5): 1530–1537.

Morehouse, N. I., Nakazawa, T., Booher, C. M., Jeyasingh, P. D. & Hall, M. D. (2010) Sex in a material world: why the study of sexual reproduction and sex-specific traits should become more nutritionally-explicit. Oikos, 119: 766–788.

Hall M. D., Bussière L. F., Demont M., Ward P. I. & Brooks, R. (2010) Competitive PCR reveals the complexity of post-copulatory sexual selection in Teleogryllus commodus. Molecular Ecology, 19: 610–619.

Bonser, S. P., Ladd, B., Monro, K., Hall, M. D. & Forster, M. A. (2010) The adaptive value of functional and life history traits across fertility treatments in an annual plant. Annals of Botany, online early.

Bussière L. F., Demont M., Pemberton A., Hall M. D., & Ward P. I. (2010) The assessment of insemination success in yellow dung flies using competitive PCR. Molecular Ecology Resources, 10(2): 292–303.

Hall, M. D.,McLaren, L., Brooks, R. & Lailvaux, S. P. (2010) Interactions among performance capabilities predict male combat outcomes in the field cricket Teleogryllus commodus. Functional Ecology, 24(1): 159164.


Maklakov A, Hall M. D., Simpson S, Dessman J, Clissold F, Zajitschek F, Raubenheimer D, Bonduriansky R, Brooks R. (2009) Sex differences in diet-dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell, 8: 324–330.

Zajitschek F, Hunt J, Jennions M, Hall M. D., Brooks, R. (2009) Effects of juvenile and adult diet on ageing and reproductive effort of male and female black field crickets, Teleogryllus commodus. Functional Ecology, 23(3): 602611.

Hall M. D., Bussière L. F., Brooks R. (2009) Diet-dependent female evolution influences male lifespan in a nuptial feeding insects. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22(4): 873881.

2008 and before

Hall M. D., Bussière L. F., Brooks R. (2008) The effects of diet quality and wing morph on male and female reproductive investment in a nuptial feeding ground cricket. PLoS ONE, 3(10): e3437.

Hall M. D., Bussière L. F., Hunt J, Brooks R. (2008) Experimental evidence that sexual conflict influences the opportunity, form and intensity of sexual selection. Evolution, 62: 23052315.

Maklakov A, Simpson S, Zajitschek F, Hall M. D., Dessman J, Clissold F, Raubenheimer D, Bonduriansky R, Brooks R. (2008) Sex-specific fitness effects of nutrient intake generate sexual conflict over diet choice. Current Biology, 18: 10621066.

Hall M. D., Lindholm A, Brooks R. (2004) Direct selection on male attractiveness and female preference failed to product a response. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 4.




Two fully-funded PhD position are available to work in our group on themes broadly related to evolutionary ecology and health. Using species of Daphnia and their associated pathogens as powerful experimental model, the successful candidates will work closely with Matt and his collaborators to develop projects that explore any one of the following eco-evolutionary processes: i) Sexual antagonism and the evolution of health and fitness; ii) Energy flux and the spread of disease; and iii) Demography and host-pathogen interactions. Or even suggest another topic. More details within....

At least four years ago I starting working on this while in the lab of Dieter Ebert. A move back home, staring a lab from scratch, and some life distractions, pushed out working on the final draft for a long time. Now it is out. Motivated by much of the work done in Dieters lab by the likes of Frida Ben-ami, David Duneau, and Pepijn Luijckx, this review explores how the organisation of the infection process itself may modify the evolution of disease. Here are some musing on the paper....

After much construction and planning (and some delays), we have finally moved into our new lab space at Monash University. The work area is also part of a larger shared lab space. Our new lab mates are now the groups of Kay Hodgins (ecological genomics, zoology.ubc.ca/~hodgins/people.html) and Beth McGraw (vector biology, vectorbiologygroup.com). Photos within...

We will soon be seeking a dedicated and ambitious Research Assistant to work on Daphnia evolutionary ecology. The applicant will work on a variety of projects linked to the evolution of complex traits such as life-history, ageing or infectious disease susceptibility. A formal advertisement will follow shortly, but the start date will be early 2015.