Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


Dr. Sabine Nöbel

phone: +49 345 55 21784

room 2.05
Hoher Weg 8
06120 Halle (Saale)

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Dr. Sabine Nöbel

Sabine Nöbel

Sabine Nöbel



  • Nöbel S, Danchin E and Isabel G (2023) Mate copying requires the coincidence detector Rutabaga in the mushroom bodies of Drosophila melanogaster. iScience 26, 107682   
  • Nöbel  S,  Jacquet A, Isabel G, Pocheville A, Seabright P and Danchin E (2023)   Conformity in mate choice, the overlooked social component of animal  and  human culture. Biological Reviews 98, 132-149   
  • Nöbel S, Wang X, Cristante M, Guëll M, Tariel J, Danchin E and Roussigné M (2023) No evidence for mate copying in Danio rerio. Behavioural Processes 206, 104837   
  • Nöbel S, Monier M, Villa D, Danchin E and Isabel G (2022) 2-D sex images elicit mate copying in fruit flies. Scientific Reports 12, 22127   


  • Perry S, Carter A, Foster JG, Nöbel S, Smolla M (2022) What makes inventions become traditions? Annual Review of Anthropology 51, 419-436   
  • Nöbel  S*, Monier M*, Fargeot L, Lespagnol G, Danchin E, Isabel G (2022)  Female fruit flies copy the acceptance, but not the rejection, of a  mate. Behavioral Ecology 33, 1018–1024   
  • Nöbel  S, Wang X, Talvard L, Tariel J, Lille M, Cucherousset J, Roussigne M,  Danchin E (2022) The importance of population heterogeneities in  detecting social learning as the foundation of animal cultural  transmission. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289, 20220431   

(* equal contribution)


  • Perry S, Carter A, Smolla M, Akçay E, Nöbel S, Foster J, Healy S (2021)  Not by transmission alone – the role of invention in cultural evolution. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 376, 20200049   


  • Danchin E, Nöbel S, Pocheville A, Isabel G (2020) First evidence for a  significant effect of the regression to the mean fallacy in mate  copying: a comment on Davies et al. Behavioral Ecology 31, 1292-1293   


  • Pocheville A, Nöbel S, Isabel G, Danchin E (2019) Response to  Comment on “Cultural flies: Conformist social learning in fruitflies  predicts long-lasting mate-choice traditions”. Science 10.1126/science.aaw9549   
  • Fuss  T, Nöbel S, Witte K (2019) It´s in the eye of the beholder: visual  lateralization in response to the social environment in poeciliids. Journal of Fish Biology 2019: 1-13   
  • Monier M, Nöbel S, Danchin E, Isabel G (2019) Dopamine and serotonin are both required for mate-copying in Drosophila melanogaster. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 12:334   


  • Danchin E*, Nöbel S*, Pocheville A*, Dagaeff A-C, Demay L, Alphand  M, Ranty-Roby S, van Renssen L, Monier M, Gazagne E, Allain M, Isabel G  (2018) Cultural flies: Conformist social learning in fruitflies predicts  long-lasting mate-choice traditions. Science 362: 1025-1030   
  • Witte K, Baumgärtner K, Röhrig C, Nöbel S (2018) Test of the deception hypothesis in Atlantic mollies Poecilia mexicana – Does the audience copy a pretended mate choice of others? Biology7:40   
  • Nöbel S, Danchin E, Isabel G (2018) Mate-copying for a costly variant in Drosophila melanogaster females. Behavioral Ecology 29:1150–1156   
  • Nöbel S, Allain M, Isabel G, Danchin E (2018) Mate-copying inn Drosophila melanogaster males. Animal Behaviour141:9-15   
  • Monier M, Nöbel S, Isabel G, Danchin E (2018) Effects of a sex ratio gradient on female mate-copying and choosiness in Drosophila melanogaster. Current Zoology 64:251-25   

(* equal contribution)


  • Dagaeff A-C, Pocheville A, Nöbel S, Loyau AL, Isabel G, Danchin E (2016) Drosophila mate copying correlates with atmospheric pressure in a speed learning situation. Animal Behaviour 121, 163-174   


  • Nöbel S, Witte K (2013) Public information influences sperm transfer to females in sailfin molly males. PLOS ONE 8(1):e53865   


  • Witte K, Nöbel S (2011) Learning and mate choice. In: Brown C, Laland K, Krause J, eds. Fish Cognition and Behavior. Wiley-Blackwell, New York, pp. 81-107


  • Engelmann J*, Nöbel S*, Röver T, von der Emde G (2009) The Schnauzenorgan-response of Gnathonemus petersii. Frontiers in Zoology 6:21   

(* equal contribution)


  • Pusch R, von der Emde G, Hollmann M, Bacelo J, Nöbel S, Grant K,  Engelmann J (2008) Active sensing in a mormyrid fish? Electric images  and pheripheral modifications of the signal carrier give evidence of  dual foveation. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:921-934