Prof. Dr. Stefan Lüpold

Stefan Lüpold

Academic background

2018- SNSF Professor, University of Zurich
2015-2017 Group Leader, University of Zurich
2015 Independent Research Fellow, University of Manchester, UK
2010-2015 Postdoc, Syracuse University, USA
2009 Postdoc, University of Sheffield, UK
2005-2009 PhD, University of Sheffield, UK
2002-2003 MSc, University of Zurich

Recent Teaching

2020- Frontiers in Animal Behaviour (BIO331), University of Zurich
2020- Insect reproduction (BIO310), University of Zurich
2018 Ecology (BIO329), University of Zurich
2017- Principles of evolution: Theory (BIO351), University of Zurich
2017- Topics in Evolutionary Biology (BIO554), University of Zurich
2015- Principles of evolution: Practical (BIO352), University of Zurich
2015-2019 Biology of reproduction (BIO361), University of Zurich
2014 Analytical tools in biology (BIO700), Syracuse University

Prizes and Honours

2013 Winner of the Cover Art Competition for Reproduction (with J. Belote, M. Manier & S. Pitnick)
2013 2nd Place in the Nikon Small World in Motion Competition
2012 Honorable Mention in the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition


I am grateful to have received approx. CHF 4.9M of funding from the following sources:

2022-2023 Swiss National Science Foundation, extension of Professorship PP00P3_202662
2022 URPP Evolution in Action: From Genomes to Ecosystems, pilot study grant (Meena A, Perdigón Ferreira J, Lüpold S)
2020-2024 Swiss National Science Foundation, standard research grant 310030_197651
2020-2021 Swiss National Science Foundation, Spark grant CRSK-3_195937
2017-2021 Swiss National Science Foundation, Professorship PP00P3_170669
2017-2018 Research Talent Development Fund, research grant
2015-2018 Swiss National Science Foundation, Ambizione PZ00P3_154767 (Independent Group Leader fellowship)
2012-2015 U.S. National Science Foundation, research grant DEB-1145965 (PI: Pitnick S, Co-PI's: Lüpold S, Manier MK & Belote JM)
2011-2013 Swiss National Science Foundation, fellowship for advanced researchers PA00P3_134191
2010-2011 Swiss National Science Foundation, fellowship for prospective researchers PBSKP3_130878
2006-2007 Swiss National Science Foundation, fellowship for prospective researchers PBSK33_114636
2006-2007 Janggen-Pöhn Foundation, fellowship
2006 Kellogg Biological Station Graduate Student Scholarship
2006 Porter Fellowship
2005-2009 University of Sheffield Overseas Research Student Award
2005-2006 Janggen-Pöhn Foundation, fellowship
2005 Novartis Research Grant
2005 Lauff Research Award
2005 National Science Foundation, LTER Graduate Research Award
2004-2006 Keller Stipend

Selected publications

For a complete list, go to Publications

Mahdjoub H, Khelifa R, Roy J, Sbilordo SH, Zeender V, Perdigón Ferreira J, Gourgoulianni N & Lüpold S 2023. Interplay between male quality and male-female compatibility in female choice across episodes of selection. Science Advances 9: eadf5559. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.adf5559

Zeender V, Pfammatter S, Roschitzki B, Dorus S & Lüpold S 2023. Genotype-by-environment interactions influence the composition of the Drosophila seminal proteome. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 290: 20231313. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2023.1313

Liao WB, Jiang Y, Jin L & Lüpold S. 2023. How hibernation in frogs drives brain and reproductive evolution in opposite directions. eLife 12: RP88236. doi: 10.7554/eLife.88236.1

Zeender V, Sbilordo SH, Roy J & Lüpold S. 2023. Paternal condition affects offspring reproduction and life history in a sex-specific manner in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 77: 467-481. doi: 10.1093/evolut/qpac051

Liao WB, Jiang Y, Li DY, Lin J, Zhong MJ, Yin Y, Lüpold S* & Kotrschal A*. 2022. Cognition contra camouflage: how the brain mediates predator-driven crypsis evolution. Science Advances 8: eabq1878. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abq1878

Perdigón Ferreira J & Lüpold S. 2022. A condition- and context-dependent alternative mating tactic in Drosophila prolongata. Behavioral Ecology 33: 213-221. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arab127

Macartney EL, Zeender V, Meena A, De Nardo AN, Bonduriansky RJ & Lüpold S. 2021. Sperm depletion in relation to developmental nutrition and genotype in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 75: 2830-2841. doi: 10.1111/evo.14373

De Nardo AN, Sbilordo SH, Roy J & Lüpold S. 2021. Condition-dependent interaction between mating success and competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 75: 2014-2026. doi: 10.1111/evo.14228

Lüpold S, Reil JB, Manier MK, Zeender V, Belote JM & Pitnick S. 2020. How female × male and male × male interactions influence competitive fertilization in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution Letters 4: 416-429. doi: 10.1002/evl3.193

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 B 286: 20182542. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2542

Liao WB, Huang Y, Zeng Y, Zhong MJ, Luo, Y & Lüpold S. 2018. Ejaculate evolution in external fertilizers: influenced by sperm competition or sperm limitation? Evolution 72: 4-17. doi: 10.1111/evo.13372

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 Commununications 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 Acadademy of Sciences USA 110: 10693-10698. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1300954110

Lüpold S, Manier MK, Berben KS, Smith K.J., Daley BD., Buckley S.H., Belote J.M. and 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