Career History

  • Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (2010 - present)
  • Reader, University of East Anglia (2006 - 2010)
  • Reader, University College London (2005-2006)
  • Royal Society University Research Fellow, University College London and University of East Anglia (1998-2007)
  • BBSRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University College London (1995-1998)
  • SERC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Edinburgh (1992-1995)
  • Ph.D. University of Edinburgh (1992)
  • B.Sc. Applied Biology. University of Bath (1989)

 

ResearcherID 

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-5100-2011

 

Research Wesbite:

http://traceychapmanresearch.com/

All Publications

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Leftwich, P., Bolton, M., Chapman, T.

(2016)

Evolutionary biology and genetic techniques for insect control

in Evolutionary Applications

9.

pp. 212-230

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Green, D., Dalmay, T., Chapman, T.

(2016)

Microguards and micromessengers of the genome

in Heredity

116.

pp. 125-134

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Bretman, A., Fricke, C., Westmancoat, J., Chapman, T.

(2016)

Effect of competitive cues on reproductive morphology and behavioral plasticity in male fruitflies

in Behavioral Ecology

27.

pp. 452-461

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Chapman, T.

(2015)

Sexual conflict and evolutionary psychology: Towards a unified framework

Springer

pp. 1-28

ISBN 978-3-319-09384-0

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Lumley, A., Michalczyk, L., Kitson, J., Spurgin, L., Morrison, C., Godwin, J., Dickinson, M., Martin, O., Emerson, B., Chapman, T., Gage, M.

(2015)

Sexual selection protects against extinction

in Nature

522.

pp. 470–473

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Nash, W. J., Chapman, T.

(2014)

Effect of Dietary Components on Larval Life History Characteristics in the Medfly (Ceratitis capitata: Diptera, Tephritidae)

in PLoS ONE

9.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Edward, D., Poissant, J., Wilson, A., Chapman, T.

(2014)

Sexual conflict and interacting phenotypes: A quantitative genetic analysis of fecundity and copula duration in Drosophila melanogaster

in Evolution

68.

pp. 1651–1660

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Sirot, L. K., Wong, A., Chapman, T., Wolfner, M. F.

(2014)

Sexual conflict and seminal fluid proteins: A dynamic landscape of sexual interactions

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

ISBN 978-1-621820-59-8

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Leftwich, P. T., Koukidou, M., Rempoulakis, P., Gong, H., Zacharopoulou, A., Fu, G., Chapman, T., Economopoulos, A., Vontas, J., Alphey, L.

(2014)

Genetic elimination of field-cage populations of Mediterranean fruit flies

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

281.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Fricke, C., Green, D., Smith, D., Dalmay, T., Chapman, T.

(2014)

MicroRNAs influence reproductive responses by females to male sex peptide in Drosophila melanogaster

in Genetics

198.

pp. 1603-1619

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(Article)


Brockhurst, M. A., Chapman, T., King, K. C., Mank, J. E., Paterson, S., Hurst, G. D. D.

(2014)

Running with the Red Queen: the role of biotic conflicts in evolution

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

281.

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(Article)


Edward, D., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Variation in male mate choice in Drosophila melanogaster

in PLoS ONE

8.

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(Article)


Snook, R., Gidaszewski, N., Chapman, T., Simmons, L.

(2013)

Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Secondary Sexual Traits: Sex Comb Evolution in Drosophila.

in Journal of Evolutionary Biology

26.

pp. 912-918

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(Article)


Gerrard, D., Fricke, C., Edward, D., Edwards, D., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Genome-Wide Responses of Female Fruit Flies Subjected to Divergent Mating Regimes

in PLoS ONE

8.

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(Article)


Edward, D. A., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Life history variation in male mate choice in Drosophila melanogaster

in Animal Behaviour

86.

pp. 269-275

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(Article)


Fricke, C., Green, D., Mills, W. E., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Age-dependent female responses to a male ejaculate signal alter demographic opportunities for selection

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

280.

pp. 20130428

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(Article)


Bretman, A., Westmancoat, J. D., Gage, M. J. G., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Costs and Benefits of Lifetime Exposure to Mating Rivals in Male Drosophila melanogaster

in Evolution

67.

pp. 2413-2422

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(Article)


Bretman, A., Westmancoat, J. D., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Male control of mating duration following exposure to rivals in fruitflies

in Journal of Insect Physiology

59.

pp. 824-827

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(Article)


Bretman, A., Westmancoat, J., Gage, M., Chapman, T.

(2012)

Individual plastic responses by males to rivals reveal mismatches between behaviour and fitness outcomes

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

279.

pp. 2868-2876

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(Article)


Brommer, J., Fricke, C., Edward, D., Chapman, T.

(2012)

Interactions between genotype and sexual conflict environment influence transgenerational fitness in drosphila melanogaster

in Evolution

66.

pp. 517-531

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(Article)


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Key Research Interests

I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in understanding how reproductive traits evolve and function at a mechanistic level. A core interest is in evaluating the potential of sexual selection and sexual conflict for driving evolutionary change and in understanding the underlying mechanisms involved. Fruitflies provide an exceptionally good model, with relevance to pest control, for the study of sexual conflict and sexual selection. We have studied in detail the actions of seminal fluid proteins, which evolve at exceptionally high rates and have striking, fitness-related functions.

Current Research Projects

  • The genetic basis of sexual conflict in fruitflies
  • Role of sexual conflict in ageing
  • Regulation of seminal fluid encoding genes
  • Socio-sexual responses to sperm competition
  • Role of gut microbiota in driving host evolution
  • Dietary adaptation
  • Functions and fitness effects of seminal fluid proteins
  • Genetic methods for control of pest insecs

Life in our research group 

Our research uses a combination of classical and molecular genetics, life history studies and, increasingly, genomics and bioinformatics to study how male-female interactions drive evolutionary change. As well as engaging with the seminars in the School and beyond, we have our own weekly lab meetings and journal club debates to keep up to date. We work with fruitflies because of their astonishing genetic utility and ease of manipulation, but we do venture out of the lab occasionally....

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows 

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include fellowship appliactions, e.g. EU Marie Curie fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named postdoc.

Collaborations

We maintain national and international collaborations with: Professor Mariana Wolfner at Cornell University USA; Dr Amanda Bretman at the University of Leeds UK; Dr Claudia Fricke at the University of Meunster Germany; Dr Neil Morrison at Oxitec Ltd UK; Professor Luke Alphey at the Institute of Animal Health Pirbright UK; Dr Jen Perry at the University of Oxford; Prof Simmone Immler and Dr Cosima Hermans at the University of Uppsala Sweden.

Research Group Membership

PhD students:

Michael Bolton. Project: Novel routes for the environmentally benign control of pest insect populations. Funding: NERC, CASE partner Oxitec Ltd: www.oxitec.com/. Email: michael.bolton@uea.ac.uk

Michael Darrington. Project: RNAi for insect control. Funding: Oxitec Ltd: www.oxitec.com/. Email: m.darrington@uea.ac.uk

Elizabeth Duxbury. Project: Sex, diet and ageing in fruitflies. Funding: Norwich Research Park BBSRC DTP. Email: e.duxbury@uea.ac.uk

Emma Gould (primary supervisor: Dr Chris Hamilton, Pharmacy). Project: use of garlic polysuiphides for insect control. Funding: BBSRC CASE, partner Ecospray Ltd (http://www.ecospray.com/). Email: emma.gould@uea.ac.uk

Stewart Leigh. Project: Genetic control of pest insects. Funding: EnvEast NERC DTP, in collaboration with Prof Luke Alphey, Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright (www.pirbright.ac.uk/). Email: stewart.leigh@uea.ac.uk

Will Nash. Project: Experimental Evolution of Reproductive Isolation in Ceratitis capitata. Funding: NERC. Email: w.nash@uea.ac.uk

Jessy Rouhana. Joint PhD degree, with Prof Bregje Wertheim, University of Groeningen, Holland. Project: sex peptide as a master regulator of reproduction. Funding: Ubbo Emmius Scholarship (Holland) and UEA scholarship. Email: j.rouhana@uea.ac.uk

Research Technicians

Dr Lucy Friend. Project: Colonisation, domestication and population control in pest insects. Funding: BBSRC. Email: l.friend@uea.ac.uk

Dr Janet Mason. Project: All's fair when love is war: evolution of lifespan under sexual conflict
Funding: NERC. Email: janet.mason@uea.ac.uk

Post Doctoral Research Assistants

Dr Emily Fowler. Project: Regulation of the reproductive transferome. Funding: BBSRC. Email: e.fowler@uea.ac.uk

Dr Phil Leftwich. Project: Colonisation, domestication and population control in pest insects. Funding: BBSRC. Email: p.leftwich@uea.ac.uk

Dr Irina Mohorianu. Project: Regulation of the reproductive transferome. Funding: BBSRC. Email: i.mohorianu@uea.ac.uk

Dr Wayne Rostant. Project: All's fair when love is war: evolution of lifespan under sexual conflict. Funding: NERC. Email: w.rostant@uea.ac.uk

Dr Damian Smith. Project: eternal triangles in reproduction; sex peptide as a master regulator. Funding: NERC; Leverhulme Trust. Email: damian.smith@uea.ac.uk

 

 

Professional Activities

  • NERC peer review college
  • External examiner, Cambridge Zoology 2016-2019
  • ESEB conference invited talk 2015, Lausanne.

Administrative Posts

  • Board member, Norwich Research Park BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership
  • Co-ordinator for the School of Biological Sciences Athena Swan Support and Equality Team (ASSET)
  • Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Science Athena SWAN steering group