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  • Patlar, B., Fulham, L., Civetta, A. (2023) A  predominant role of genotypic variation in both expression of sperm  competition genes and paternity success in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 290 (2007), 20231715.    
  • 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, Monier M, Villa D, Danchin E and Isabel G (2022) 2-D sex images elicit mate copying in fruit flies. Scientific Reports 12, 22127   
  • Fricke C., Sanghvi K., Emery M., Lindenbaum I., Wigby S., Ramm S.A. and  Sepil I.  (2023): Timeless or tainted? The effects of male ageing on  seminal  fluid. Front. Ecol. Evol. 11:1066022. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2023.1066022   
  • Canal Domenech, B. and Fricke, C. (2023): Developmental heat stress interrupts spermatogenesis inducing early male sterility in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Thermal Biology 114. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2023.103589    (free access:   )


  • Patlar,  B. (2022) On the role of  seminal fluid protein and nucleic acid  content in paternal epigenetic  inheritance. International Journal of  Molecular Sciences, 23(23), 14533.    
  • Canal Domenech, B., and Fricke, C. (2022):  Recovery from heat-induced infertility—A study of reproductive tissue responses and fitness consequences in male Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology and Evolution,  12: e9563. doi: 10.1002/ece3.9563   
  • Canal Domenech, B., Seipelt, A. and Fricke, C. (2022):  Reproductive Ecology of Drosophila obscura: A Cold Adapted Species. Environmental Entomology. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvac022   
  • Koppik, M. and Fricke, C. (2022): Sex peptide receipt alters macronutrient utilization but not optimal yeast-sugar ratio in Drosophila melanogaster females. Journal of Insect Physiology. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2022.104382   


  • Moran, N.P., Caspers, B.A., Chakarov, N., Ernst, U.R., Fricke, C.,   Kurtz, J., Lilie, N.D., Lo, L.K., Müller, C., R, R., Takola, E.,   Trimmer, P.C., van Benthem, K.J., Winternitz, J. and Wittmann, M.J.   (2021): Shifts between cooperation and antagonism driven by individual   variation: a systematic synthesis review. Oikos. doi:10.1111/oik.08201   


  • Fricke, C., Ávila-Calero, S. and Armitage, S.A.O. (2020): Genotypes and  their interaction effects on reproduction and mating-induced immune  activation in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology,33:930–941. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13625   


  • Bretman, A. and Fricke, C. (2019): Exposure to males, but not receipt of sex  peptide, accelerates functional aging in female fruit flies. Functional Ecology, 33: 1459-1468. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13339   
  • Fricke, C. and Koppik, M. (2019): Male reproductive ageing - a tale of the whole ejaculate. Reproduction, 158: R219-R229. doi: 10.1530/REP-18-0579   
  • Hollis, B., Koppik, M., Wensing, K.U., Ruhmann, H., Genzoni, E., Erkosar, B.,  Kawecki, T.J., Fricke, C. and Keller, L. (2019): Sexual conflict drives  male manipulation of female postmating responses in Drosophila melanogaster. PNAS, 116 (17): 8437-8444. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821386116   


  • Koppik, M., Ruhmann, H. and Fricke, C. (2018): The effect of mating history on male reproductive ageing in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology, 111: 16-24. doi:10.1016/j.jinsphys.2018.10.003   
  • Koppik,  M., Specker, J.-H., Lindenbaum, I. and Fricke, C. (2018): Physiological  maturation lags behind behavioral maturation in newly eclosed Drosophila melanogaster males. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 91: 399-408   
  • Ruhmann, H., Koppik, M., Wolfner, M.F. and Fricke, C. (2018): The impact of ageing on male reproductive success in Drosophila melanogaster. Experimental Gerontology, 103: 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2017.12.013   
  • Wensing, K.U. and Fricke, C. (2018): Divergence in sex peptide-mediated female post-mating responses in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285: 20181563. doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.1563   


  • Fricke, C. and Chapman, T. (2017): Variation in the post-mating fitness landscape in fruit flies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30: 1250-1261. doi:10.1111/jeb.13090   
  • Koppik,  M. and Fricke, C. (2017): Gene expression changes in male accessory  glands during ageing are accompanied by reproductive decline in Drosophila melanogaster. Molecular Ecology, 26: 6704-6716. doi:10.1111/mec.14384   
  • Smith,  D.T., Clarke, N.V.E., Boone, J.M., Fricke, C. and Chapman, T. (2017):  Sexual conflict over remating interval is modulated by the sex peptide  pathway. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284: 20162394. doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2394   
  • Wensing,  K.U., Koppik, M. and Fricke, C. (2017): Precopulatory but not  postcopulatory male reproductive traits diverge in response to mating  system manipulation in Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 10361-10378. doi:10.1002/ece3.3542   


  • Bretman, A., Fricke, C., Westmancoat, J. and Chapman, T. (2016): Effect  of competitive cues on reproductive morphology and behavioral plasticity  in male fruitflies. Behavioral Ecology, 27 (2): 452-461. doi:10.1093/beheco/arv170   
  • Ruhmann, H., Wensing, K.U., Neuhalfen, N., Specker and Fricke, C. (2016): Early reproductive success in Drosophila males is dependent on maturity of the accessory gland. Behavioral Ecology, 27 (6): 1859-1868. doi:10.1093/beheco/arw123   


  • Fricke, C., Adler, M.I., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. (2015):  The complexity of male reproductive success: effects of nutrition,  morphology, and experience. Behavioral Ecology, 26 (2): 617-624. doi:10.1093/beheco/aru240   
  • Goodacre, S.L., Fricke, C. and Martin, O.Y. (2015): A screen for bacterial endosymbionts in the model organisms Tribolium castaneum, T. confusum, Callosobruchus maculatus and related species. Insect Science, 22: 165-177. doi:10.1111/1744-7917.12096   


  • Chiswell, R., Girard, M., Fricke, C. and Kasumovic, M.M. (2014):  Prior mating success can affect allocation towards future sexual  signaling in crickets. PeerJ, 657. doi:10.7717/peerj.657   
  • Fricke,  C., Green, D., Smith, D., Dalmay, T. and Chapman, T. (2014): MicroRNAs  influence reproductive responses by females to male sex peptide in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics, 198: 1603-1619. doi:10.1534/genetics.114.167320   


  • Adler, M.I., Cassidy, E.J., Fricke, C. and Bonduriansky, R. (2013):  The lifespan-reproduction trade-off under dietary restriction is  sex-specific and context-dependent. Experimental Gerontology, 48: 539-548. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2013.03.007   
  • Fricke,  C., Green, D., Mills, W.E. and Chapman, T. (2013): Age-dependent female  responses to a male ejaculate signal alter demographic opportunities  for selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280: 20130428. doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.0428   
  • Gerrard,  D.T., Fricke, C., Edward, D.A., Edwards, D.R. and Chapman, T. (2013):  Genome-Wide responses of female fruit flies subjected to divergent  mating regimes. PLoS One, 8 (6): e68136. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068136   


  • Brommer, J.E., Fricke, C., Edward, D.A. and Chapman, T. (2012):  Interactions between genotype and sexual conflict environment influence  transgenerational fitness in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution, 66 (2): 517-531. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01449.x   


  • Edward, D.A., Fricke, C., Gerrard, D.T. and Chapman, T. (2011):  Quantifying the life-history response to increased male exposure in  female Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution, 65 (2): 564-573. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.01151.x   


  • Bretman, A., Fricke, C., Hetherington, P., Stone, R. and Chapman, T.  (2010): Exposure to rivals and plastic responses to sperm competition  in Drosophila melanogaster. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 317-321. doi:10.1093/beheco/arp189   
  • Edward,  D.A., Fricke, C. and Chapman, T. (2010): Adaptations to sexual  selection and sexual conflict: insights from experimental evolution and  artificial selection. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 365: 2541-2548. doi:10.1098/rstb.2010.0027   
  • Fricke,  C., Andersson, C. and Arnqvist, G. (2010): Natural selection hampers  divergence of reproductive traits in a seed beetle. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23: 1857-1867. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02050.x   
  • Fricke,  C., Bretman, A. and Chapman, T. (2010): Female nutritional status  determines the magnitude and sign of responses to a male ejaculate  signal in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23: 157- 165. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01882.x   
  • Fricke,  C., Martin, O.Y., Bretman, A., Bussière, L.F. and Chapman, T. (2010):  Sperm competitive ability and indices of lifetime reproductive success. Evolution, 64 (9): 2746-57. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2010.01022.x   

Book chapter

  • Fricke, C., Bretman, A. and Chapman, T. (2010): The causes and consequences of sexual conflict. pp. 400-415    in Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, editors Westneat, D.F. and Fox, C.W. Oxford University Press, Oxford.


  • Bretman, A., Fricke, C. and Chapman, T. (2009): Plastic responses of male Drosophila melanogaster to the level of sperm competition increase male reproductive fitness. Proc. R. Soc. B, 276: 1705-1711. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.1878   
  • Fricke, C., Perry, J., Chapman, T. and Rowe. L. (2009): The conditional economics of sexual conflict. Biology Letters, 5: 671-674. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2009.0433   
  • Fricke, C., Wigby, S., Hobbs, R. and Chapman T. (2009): The benefits of male ejaculate sex peptide transfer in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22: 275-286. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2008.01638.x   
  • Maklakov,  A. A. and Fricke, C. (2009): Sexual selection did not contribute to the  evolution of male lifespan under curtailed age at reproduction in a  seed beetle. Ecological Entomology, 34: 638-643. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2311.2009.01113.x   




  • Fricke, C., Arnqvist, G. and Amaro, N. (2006): Female modulation of  reproductive rate and its role in postmating prezygotic isolation in Callosobruchus maculatus. Functional Ecology, 20: 360-368. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2006.01102.x   


  • Fricke, C. and Arnqvist, G. (2004): Conspecific sperm precedence in flour beetles. Animal Behaviour, 67: 729- 732. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2003.08.014   
  • Fricke,  C. and Arnqvist, G. (2004): Divergence in replicated phylogenies: the  evolution of partial postmating prezygotic isolation in bean weevils. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 17: 1345-1354. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2004.00757.x   
  • Morrow  E.H. and Fricke, C. (2004): Sexual selection and the risk of extinction  in mammals. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 271: 2395-2401. doi:10.1098/rspb.2004.2888   


  • Nilsson, T., Fricke, C. and Arnqvist, G. (2003): The effects of male and  female genotype on variance in male fertilization success in the red  flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 53 (4): 227-233. doi:10.1007/s00265-002-0565-0