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

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- Biology of reproduction (BIO361), University of Zurich
2014 Analytical tools in biology (BIO700), Syracuse University

Recent 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

Selected publications

For a complete list, go to Publications

Simmons LW, Lüpold S & Fitzpatrick JL. 2017. Evolutionary trade-off between secondary sexual traits and ejaculates. Trends Ecol Evol 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 & Fitzpatrick JL. 2015. Sperm size trumps sperm number in mammalian ejaculate evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 282: 20152122. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2122

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

Manier MK, Lüpold S, Belote JM, Starmer WT, Berben KS, Ala-Honkola O, Collins WF & Pitnick S. 2013. Postcopulatory sexual selection generates speciation phenotypes in Drosophila. Current Biology 23: 1853-1862. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.07.086

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


I have received over CHF 3.3M of funding from the following sources:

2017-2018 Research Talent Development Fund, research grant (postdoc position)
2017-2021 Swiss National Science Foundation, Professorship PP00P3_170669
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