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

All Publications

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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

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(Article)


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

(2014)

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

In: Sexual Conflict.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Chapman, T.

(2014)

Sexual conflict and evolutionary psychology: towards a unified framework

In: The Evolution of Sexuality.

Springer

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Edward, D., Chapman, T.

(2013)

Variation in Male Mate Choice in Drosophila Melanogaster

in PLoS ONE

8.

pp. e56299

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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.

pp. e68136

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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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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 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 : CONSEQUENCES OF LIFETIME EXPOSURE TO MATING RIVALS

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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Edward, D., Chapman, T.

(2012)

Measuring the Fitness Benefits of Male Mate Choice in Drosophila Melanogaster.

in Evolution

66.

pp. 2646-2653

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Edward, D., Chapman, T.

(2012)

Sex-Specific Effects of Developmental Environment on Reproductive Trait Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster.

in Ecology and Evolution

2.

pp. 1362-1370

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Gioti, A., Wigby, S., Wertheim, B., Schuster, E., Martinez, P., Pennington, C. J., Partridge, L., Chapman, T.

(2012)

Sex Peptide of Drosophila Melanogaster Males is a Global Regulator of Reproductive Processes in Females.

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

279.

pp. 4423-4432

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Leftwich, P. T., Edward, D. A., Alphey, L., Gage, M. J. G., Chapman, T.

(2012)

Variation in adult sex ratio alters the association between courtship, mating frequency and paternity in the lek-forming fruitfly Ceratitis capitata : Sex ratio and male reproductive success in the Mediterranean Fruitfly

in Journal of Evolutionary Biology

25.

pp. 1732-1740

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Michalczyk, L., Millard, A., Martin, O., Lumley, A., Emerson, B., Chapman, T., Gage, M.

(2011)

Inbreeding Promotes Female Promiscuity

in Science

333.

pp. 1739-1742

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

(2011)

Quick-change artists: male plastic behavioural responses to rivals

in Trends in Ecology & Evolution

26.

pp. 467-473

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

(2011)

Males Use Multiple, Redundant Cues to Detect Mating Rivals

in Current Biology

21.

pp. 617-622

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Key Research Interests

I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in understanding how reproductive traits evolve and how they function and are regulated 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. A core interest is in studying 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
  • Determining the mechanistic basis of socio-sexual responses to the level of sperm competition
  • Role of gut microbiota in driving host evolution
  • Effect of dietary mismatches on life history
  • Identification, functions and fitness effects of male seminal fluid accessory gland proteins
  • Investigating the mechanisms underlying the links between reproduction and longevity
  • Understanding the mechanisms underlying reproductive success, to improve control of pest insects

Life in our research group 

Our research is done in a well-resourced laboratory setting and we use 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

Please email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.

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.


Teaching Interests

Evolutionary medicine, genetics, life history.

Professional Activities

  • NERC core panel member 2013-2016
  • Leverhulme advisory panel 2013-2016
  • External examiner, UCL 2012-2015
  • NERC peer review college 2009-2013
  • eSCAMPS keynote talk, Cambridge 2013
  • Hilgendorf lecture, University of Tubingen 2012
  • ESEB conference invited talk, Tubingen, August 2011
  • Invited talk at Royal Society / Genetics Society Discussion meeting Nov 2009. 150 years since Darwin 2009
  • Invited speaker at the Genes and Behaviour Gordon Research Conference, Italy. 2008

Administrative Posts

  • Deputy Director of the Science Graduate School
  • Co-ordinator for the School of Biological Sciences Athena Swan self assessment group