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



  • Santiago Araújo R, Nöbel S, Antunes DF, Danchin E, Isabel G (2024) A social learning primacy trend in mate-copying: an experiment in Drosophila melanogaster. Royal Society Open Science 11: 240408.   


  • Danchin, Étienne, Guillaume Isabel, and Sabine Nöbel, 'Culture in Insects', in Jamshid J. Tehrani, Jeremy Kendal, and Rachel Kendal (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Evolution (online edn, Oxford Academic, 23 Feb. 2023)   
  • 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