Publications by year

(group members in bold)


Sanaei, E., Albery, G.F., Yeoh, Y.K., Lin, Y.-P., Cook, L.G., Engelstädter, J.
Host phylogeny and ecological associations best explain Wolbachia host shifts in scale insects.
Molecular Ecology 32: 2351-2363

Wang, Y., Yu, Z., Ding, P., Lu, J., Mao, L., Ngiam, L., Yuan, Z., Engelstädter, J., Schembri, M.A., Guo, J.
Antidepressants can induce mutation and enhance persistence toward multiple antibiotics.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 120 (5), e2208344120


Ameline, C., Voegtli, F., Savola, E., Andras, J., Dexter, E., Engelstädter, J., Ebert, D.
Genetic slippage after sex maintains diversity for parasite resistance in a natural host population.
Science Advances 8 (46), eabn0051

Røed, E.S. & Engelstädter, J.
Cytoplasmic incompatibility in hybrid zones: infection dynamics and resistance evolution.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35(2): 240-253

Sanaei, E., Lin, Y.-P., Cook, L.G., Engelstädter, J.
Wolbachia in scale insects: a distinct pattern of infection frequencies and potential transfer routes via ant associates.
Environmental Microbiology 24 (3): 1326-1339

The Evolution of a Specialized, Highly Virulent Fish Pathogen through Gene Loss and Acquisition of Host-Specific Survival Mechanisms
Baseggio, L., Rudenko, O., Engelstädter, J., Barnes, A.C.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 88 (14), e00222-22


Sanaei, E., Charlat, S. & Engelstädter, J.
Wolbachia host shifts: routes, mechanisms, constraints and consequences.
Biological Reviews 96 (2), 433-453

Warnock, R. & Engelstädter, J.
The molecular clock as a tool for understanding host-parasite evolution.
In: The Evolution and Fossil Record of Parasitism vol.2, K. De Baets & J. W. Huntley (Eds.), 417-450

L Baseggio, L., O Silayeva, O., Buller, N., Landos, M., Engelstädter, J., Barnes, A. C.
Complete, closed and curated genome sequences of Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida isolates from Australia indicate mobilome-driven localized evolution and novel pathogenicity determinants.
Microbial Genomics 7(4): 000562

James, M. E., Wilkinson, M. J., Bernal, D.M., Liu, H., North, H. L., Engelstädter, J., Ortiz-Barrientos, D.
Phenotypic and genotypic parallel evolution in parapatric ecotypes of Senecio.
Evolution 75 (12), 3115-3131

Ameline, C., Bourgeois, Y. X. C., Voegtli, F., Savola, E., Andras, J., Engelstädter, J., Ebert, D.
A two-locus system with strong epistasis underlies rapid parasite-mediated evolution of host resistance.
Molecular biology and evolution 38 (4), 1512-1528

James, M. E., Arenas-Castro, H., Groh, J. S., Allen, S.L., Engelstädter, J., Ortiz-Barrientos, D.
Highly replicated evolution of parapatric ecotypes.
Molecular Biology and Evolution 38 (11), 4805-4821


Silayeva, O., Engelstädter, J. & Barnes, A.C.
Evolutionary epidemiology of Streptococcus iniae: linking mutation rate dynamics with adaptation to novel immunological landscapes.
Infection, Genetics and Evolution 85: 104435.

Wang, Y., Lu, J., Engelstädter, J., Zhang, S., Ding, P., Mao, L., Yuan, Z., Bond, P.L. & Guo, J.
Non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals enhance the transmission of exogenous antibiotic resistance genes through bacterial transformation.
The ISME Journal (


Meirmans, S., Butlin, R.K., Charmantier, A., Engelstädter, J., Groot, A.T., King, K.C., Kokko, H., Reid, J.M. & Neiman M.
Science policies: How should science funding be allocated? An evolutionary biologists’ perspective.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
32: 754-768.

Engelstädter, J. & Fortuna, N.Z.
The dynamics of preferential host switching: host phylogeny as a key predictor of parasite prevalence and distribution.
Evolution 73 (7)
(This article has also been recommended by the Peer Community In Evolutionary Biology.)

Smith, N.M.A., Wade, C., Allsopp, M.A., Harpur, B.A., Zayed, A., Rose, S.A., Engelstädter, J., Chapman, N.C., Yagound, B. & Oldroyd, B.P.
Strikingly high levels of heterozygosity despite 20 years of inbreeding in a clonal honey bee.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 32: 144-152.


Allen, R.C., Engelstädter, J., Bonhoeffer, S., McDonald, B.A., Hall, A.R.
Reversing resistance: different routes and common themes across pathogens
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 284: 20171619 (2017)

Engelstädter, J.
Asexual but not clonal: Evolutionary processes in automictic populations.
Genetics 206: 993-1009.


Reeve, J., Ortiz-Barrientos, D. & Engelstädter, J.
The evolution of recombination rates in finite populations during ecological speciation.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20161243

Lenormand, T., Engelstädter, J., Johnston, S.E., Wijnker, E. & Haag, C.R.
Evolutionary mysteries in meiosis.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  371: 20160001

Ambur, O.H., Engelstädter, J., Johnsen, P.J., Miller, E.L. & Rozen, D.E.
Steady at the wheel: conservative sex and the benefits of bacterial transformation.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371: 20150528

Ortiz-Barrientos, D.#…, Engelstädter J.#… & Rieseberg, L.H.
Recombination rate evolution and the origin of species.
Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31: 226-236.

(#… equal contribution)

Engelstädter J., Harms, K. & Johnsen, P.J.
The evolutionary dynamics of integrons in changing environments.
The ISME Journal 10: 1296-1307.


Abel zur Wiesch, P., Abel, S., Gkotzis, S., Ocampo, P., Engelstädter, J., Hinkley, T., Magnus, C., Waldor, M.K., Udekwu, K. & Cohen, T.
Classic reaction kinetics can explain complex patterns of antibiotic action.
Science Translational Medicine 7: 287

Engelstädter, J.
Host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics with generalized success/failure infection genetics.
The American Naturalist 185: E117-129


Moradigaravand, D.*…, Kouyos, R.D.*…, Hinkley, T., Haddad, M., Petropoulos, C.J., Engelstädter, J.#… & Bonhoeffer, S.#…
Recombination accelerates adaptation on a large-scale empirical fitness landscape in HIV-1.
PLOS Genetics 10: e1004439
(* shared first author; # shared last author)

Moradigaravand, D. & Engelstädter, J.
The impact of natural transformation on adaptation in spatially structured bacterial populations.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 141

Engelstädter, J.
Fitness landscapes emerging from pharmacodynamic functions in the evolution of multidrug resistance.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 840–853

Pessia, E., Engelstädter, J. & Marrais G.A.B.
The evolution of X chromosome inactivation in mammals: the demise of Ohno’s hypothesis?
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 71: 1383-1394

Engelstädter, J. & Moradigaravand, D.
Adaptation through genetic time travel? Fluctuating selection can drive the evolution of bacterial transformation.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20132609


Moradigaravand, D. & Engelstädter, J.
The evolution of natural competence: disentangling costs and benefits of sex in bacteria.
The American Naturalist 182: E112-E126

Nor, I., Engelstädter, J., Duron, O., Reuter, M., Sagot, M.-F. , Charlat, S.
On the genetic architecture of cytoplasmic incompatibility: inference from phenotypic data.
The American Naturalist 182: E15-E24


Moradigaravand, D. & Engelstädter, J.
The effect of bacterial recombination on adaptation on fitness landscapes with limited peak accessibility.
PLoS Computational Biology 8: e1002735

Zhang, H., Guillaume, F. & Engelstädter, J.
The dynamics of mitochondrial mutations causing male infertility in spatially structured populations.
Evolution 66: 3179–3188

Kwiatkowski, M., Engelstädter, J. & Vorburger, C.
On genetic specificity in symbiont-mediated host-parasite coevolution.
PLoS Computational Biology 8: e1002633

Mostowy, R. & Engelstädter, J.
Host-parasite coevolution can induce selection for condition-dependent sex.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2033–2046

Hinow, P., Farkas, J.Z. & Engelstädter, J.
Pathogen evolution in switching environments: a hybrid dynamical system approach.
Mathematical Biosciences 240: 70-75

Mostowy, R., Engelstädter, J. & Salathé, M.
Non-genetic inheritance and the patterns of antagonistic coevolution
BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:93

Engelstädter, J. & Úbeda, F.
The Evolution of Sex.
In: Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology, A. Hastings & L. Gross (Eds.), University of California Press

Nor, I., Hermelin, D., Charlat, S., Engelstädter, J., Reuter, M., Duron, O., Sagot, M.-F.
Mod/Resc Parsimony Inference: Theory and Application.
Information and Computation 213: 23-32


Mostowy, R. & Engelstädter, J.
The impact of environmental change on host-parasite coevolution.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278: 2283-2292

Abel zur Wiesch, P.K., Kouyos, R.D., Engelstädter, J., Regoes, R.R. & Bonhoeffer, S.
Population biological principles of resistance evolution in infectious diseases.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases 11: 236-247

Engelstädter, J., Sandrock, C. & Vorburger, C.
Contagious parthenogenesis, automixis, and a sex determination meltdown.
Evolution 65: 501-511


Engelstädter, J.
The effective size of populations infected with cytoplasmic sex-ratio distorters.
Genetics 186: 309-320

Schulz zur Wiesch, P. K., Engelstädter, J. & Bonhoeffer, S.
Compensation of fitness costs and reversibility of antibiotic resistance mutations.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 54: 2085-2095

Hornett, E.A., Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
A hidden manipulation phenotype alters the dynamics of male-killer/host arms races.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 479-487


Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
The ecology and evolution of microbes that manipulate host reproduction.
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution & Systematics 40: 127-149

Engelstädter, J. & Bonhoeffer, S.
Red Queen dynamics with non-standard fitness interactions.
PLoS Computational Biology 5: e1000469

Engelstädter, J. & Telschow, A.
Cytoplasmic incompatibility and host population structure.
Heredity 103: 196-207

Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
What use are male hosts? The dynamics of maternally inherited endosymbionts showing sexual transmission and male-killing.
American Naturalist 173: E159-E170


Engelstädter, J.
Constraints on the evolution of asexual reproduction.
BioEssays 30: 1138-1150

Engelstädter, J.
Muller’s ratchet and the degeneration of Y chromosomes: A simulation study.
Genetics 180: 957-967

Engelstädter, J. & Haig, D.
Sexual antagonism and the evolution of X chromosome inactivation.
Evolution 62: 2097-2104

Duron, O., Bouchon, D., Boutin, S., Bellamy, L., Zhou, L., Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
Diversity of reproductive parasites among arthropods: Wolbachia do not walk alone.
BMC Biology 6:27

Reuter, M., Engelstädter, J., Fontanillas, P. & Hurst, L.D.
A test of the null model for 5’UTR evolution based on GC-content.
Molecular Biology & Evolution 25: 801-804

Duron, O., Hurst, G.D.D., Hornett, E.A., Josling, J.A. & Engelstädter, J.
High incidence of the maternally inherited bacterium Cardinium hertigii in spiders.
Molecular Ecology 17: 1427-1437

Engelstädter, J., Telschow, A. & Yamamura, N.
Coexistence of cytoplasmic incompatibility and male-killing inducing endosymbionts, and their impact on host gene flow.
Theoretical Population Biology 73: 125-133


Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
The impact of male-killing bacteria on host evolutionary processes.
Genetics 175: 245-254

Engelstädter, J., Hammerstein, P. & Hurst, G.D.D.
The evolution of endosymbiont density in doubly infected hosts.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 685-695


Charlat, S., Engelstädter, J., Dyson, E.A., Hornett, E.A., Duplouy, A., Tortosa, P., Davies, N., Roderick, G.K., Wedell, N. & Hurst, G.D.D.
Competing selfish genetic elements in the butterfly Hypolimnas bolina.
Current Biology 16: 2453-2458

Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
The dynamics of parasite incidence across host species.
Evolutionary Ecology 20: 603-616

Engelstädter, J., Charlat, S., Pomiankowski, A. & Hurst, G.D.D.
The evolution of cytoplasmic incompatibility types: integrating segregation, inbreeding and outbreeding.
Genetics 172, 2601-2611

Engelstädter, J. & Charlat, S.
Outbreeding selects for spiteful cytoplasmic elements.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 273, 923-929

Telschow, A., Engelstädter, J., Yamamura, N., Hammerstein, P. & Hurst, G.D.D.
Asymmetric gene flow and constraints on adaptation caused by sex ratio distorters.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19, 869-878

Engelstädter, J. & Hurst, G.D.D.
Can maternally transmitted endosymbionts facilitate the evolution of haplodiploidy?
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19, 194-202


Engelstädter, J., Montenegro, H. & Hurst, G.D.D.
To what extent do different types of sex ratio distorters interfere?
Evolution 58, 2382-2386

Engelstädter, J., Telschow, A. & Hammerstein, P.
Infection dynamics of different Wolbachia-types within one host population.
Journal of Theoretical Biology 231, 345-355