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Brett Holland, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Last updated: August 20, 2008  







































































Contact Information::



Office Sequoia 120C: M, 250-350; Th, 1230-230



Voice mail

(916) 278-7678 (E-mail is checked more frequently)

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CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6077


(916) 278-6993


Announcements:: Bio 131a Lundmark

Courses Taught::
Bio 184 General Genetics (Fall/Spring)
Bio 188 Evolution (Spring)
Bio 282 Evolution (Fall)
Bio186A Molecular Biology Seminar Series (Spring)
Bio 198A Honors Proseminar

Student Links::
Requesting a letter of recommendation
Graduation application templates with core courses (modify and print) BIO , BIO + Pre-health
WebCT 6 login
list potential courses, times, breaks... out pops printable schedules

Faculty Links::
Miscellaneous time savers
My current schedule

Science Links::

Science and Meta blogs
Science Daily
Science Blog - biology section

Encephalon - on the molecular basis of mind
Evolgen - evolution and genetics

Educational sites for students
OOPS - Introduction to biology

Research Tools
HubMed - tools for the PubMed user
HubMed guide

Evolutionary Grab Bag::

Darwin on line

Evolution and culture



My work focuses on the evolutionary genetics of sexual selection (the outcome of mate choice and competition over mates). With collaborators, I have conducted experiments estimating costs and benefits of sexual selection in Drosophila melanogaster - a species with magnificent courtship behavior and ornamentation as well as cryptic aggression - and have proposed a general hypothesis for the evolution of courtship via genes that act in a sexually antagonistic manner (good for one sex but at the expense of the other; see, chase-away). Specifically, males sometimes appear to exploit female sensory systems in a way that is analogous to manipulative advertising (e.g., through increased volume or vivid coloration). Current interests center on evaluating the chase-away hypothesis through experimentation and literature analysis. Students are welcome to inquire about research opportunities.

Majestic melanogaster = peacock +


Publications ::

Rice, W.R. and B. Holland. 2005. Experimentally enforced monogamy: Inadvertent selection, inbreeding, or evidence for sexually antagonistic coevolution? Evolution 59:682–685.

Stemmer, W., and B. Holland. 2003. Survival of the Fittest Molecule. American Scientist 91:526-533.

Holland, B. 2002. Sexual selection fails to promote adaptation to a new environment. Evolution 56:721-730.

Pitnick, S., G.T. Miller, J. Reagan and B. Holland. 2001. Males’ evolutionary response to experimental removal of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 268:1071-1080.

Holland, B. and W.R. Rice. 1999. Experimental removal of sexual selection reverses intersexual antagonistic coevolution and removes a reproductive load. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 96:5083-5088.

Rice, W.R. and B. Holland. 1999. Reply to comments on the chase-away model of sexual selection. Evolution 53:302-306.

Holland, B. and W.R. Rice. 1998. Perspective: Chase-away sexual selection: antagonistic seduction versus resistance. Evolution 52:1-7.

Rice, W.R. and B. Holland. 1997. The enemies within: intergenomic conflict, interlocus contest evolution (ICE) and the intraspecific red queen. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 41:1-10.

Holland, B. and W.R. Rice. 1997. Cryptic sexual selection – more control issues. Evolution 51:321-324.

Holland Lab Group ::

Larry Cabral, M.S., 2007
Colin Cotino, Graduate student
Yukiharu Miyashige, Graduate student

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