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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Stefan Lüpold

Research interests

Sexual selection; reproductive physiology; gamete evolution; reproductive and life-history trade-offs; behavioural ecology; phylogenetic analyses; meta-analyses


Education and professional positions

2018 - present SNSF Professorship, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2015 - 2017 Group Leader (SNSF Ambizione), University of Zurich, Switzerland
2015 Independent Research Fellow, University of Manchester, UK
2014 - present Associate Editor for BMC Evolutionary Biology
2011 - 2015 Research Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, USA
2010 - 2013 SNSF Postdoctoral research fellow, Syracuse University, USA
2009 Postdoctoral research assistant, University of Sheffield, UK
2005 - 2009 Ph.D., University of Sheffield, UK
2002 - 2003 M.Sc., University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected publications

See full publication list on Google Scholar.

  • Liao WB., Jiang Y., Li DY., Jin L., Zhong MJ., Qi Y., Lüpold S*., Kotrschal A*.  2022 (*shared last authorship). Cognition contra camouflage: how the brain mediates predator-driven crypsis evolution. Science Advances 8: eabq1878. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abq1878
  • Lüpold S., Simmons LW., Grueter CC. (2019). Sexual ornaments but not weapons trade off against testes size in primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1900):20182542. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2542
  • Simmons LW., Lüpold S., Fitzpatrick JL. (2017). Evolutionary trade-off between secondary sexual traits and ejaculates. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32: 964-976. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.09.011
  • Lüpold S., Manier MK., Puniamoorthy N., Schoff C., Starmer WT., Buckley Luepold SH., Belote JM., Pitnick S. (2016). How sexual selection can drive the evolution of costly sperm ornamentation. Nature 533: 535-538. DOI: 10.1038/nature18005
  • Lüpold S., Tomkins JL., Simmons LW., Fitzpatrick JL. (2014). Female monopolization mediates the relationship between pre- and postcopulatory sexual traits. Nature Communications 5: 3184. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4184
  • Lüpold S., Pitnick S., Berben KS., Blengini CS., Belote JM., Manier MK. (2013). Female mediation of competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110: 10693-10698. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1300954110
  • Lüpold S., Manier MK., Berben KS., Smith KJ., Daley BD., Buckley SH., Belote JM., Pitnick S. (2012). How multivariate ejaculate traits determine competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster. Current Biology 22: 1667-1672. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.06.059

Weiterführende Informationen

Stefan Lüpold

Stefan Lüpold

SNSF Professor

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y19-M-05
Phone: +41 44 635 4777