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Noebel Sabine

PRADA

PostDoc

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Supervisor : Etienne Danchin

My background is in the behavioural ecology of Poeciliids and Drosophila studying the non-genetic inheritance of mating preferences using mate-copying, by which females build mating preferences by observing and copying conspecific females’ mate-choice. I study how new, socially learnt mating preferences can invade a population and persist across generations. Mate-copying exists in most vertebrates but is documented in one invertebrate species (Drosophila melanogaster). Drosophila is a relevant model species to study mechanisms of stability and plasticity of social learning. By stability I mean both within an individual’s lifetime, and across generations owing to the cultural transmission of socially learnt mate preferences. My ultimate goal is twofold, (i) unraveling the cognitive mechanisms involved in this plastic but socially stabilized form of social learning, and (ii) studying the evolutionary consequences of animal culture.

Biological models : Drosophila melanogaster, Gambusia holbrooki, Danio rerio
Funding : ANR (Project’s name : Soc-h2 to ED) & a PRESTIGE Fellowship co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the FP7
Collaboration : Guillaume Isabel (CRCA, Toulouse) & Myriam Roussigne (CBD, Toulouse)

Keywords : Evolution, Behavioural Ecology, Non-genetic inheritance, Social information, Mate choice, Mate-copying

Study

  • 2008 - 2013 PhD “The role of public information in mate choice in the three closely related poeciliids Poecilia latipinna, Poecilia mexicana and Poecilia formosa“, supervised by Prof. Dr. K. Witte, University of Siegen
  • 2004 - 2007 Additional Study - „ÖKUM“ (Ecology and Environment) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • 2001 - 2007 Study of Biology (Diplom) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn ; Diploma thesis : “Untersuchung der Novelty response und Schnauzenorgan-response an Gnathonemus petersii”, supervised by Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Grants

  • PRESTIGE Fellowship co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the FP7 (2015)
  • Scholarship from the equal opportunity commissioner of the University of Siegen, 2013
  • Acquisition of donations for the 17th Graduate Meeting of Evolutionary Biology of the German Zoology Society (DZG) at University of Siegen, 2012
  • Travel grant from the DAAD for the participation at the „Behavior 2011“ in Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • Participation at the DAAD-Rise Program 2011 (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) (www.daad.de/rise/de/)

Other Activities

  • Participation at the “MDIBL Environmental Genomics Workshop” at the University of Birmingham in January 2014
  • Co-organization of the symposium “Social information and mate choice” at the “European Conference on Behavioural Biology 2012” at the University Duisburg-Essen in July 2012
  • Co-organization of the 17th Graduate Meeting of Evolutionary Biology of the German Zoology Society (DZG) at University of Siegen in March 2012

Publications

  • 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 ? Biology, 7:40.
  • Nöbel S, Danchin E, Isabel G. Mate-copying for a costly variant in Drosophila melanogaster females. Behavioral Ecology in press.
  • Nöbel S, Allain M, Danchin E, Isabel G. Mate-copying in Drosophila melanogaster males. Animal Behaviour, 141:9-15.
  • Monier M, Nöbel S, Isabel G, Danchin E (2018) Female competition in mate-copying along a sex-ratio gradient in Drosophila melanogaster. Current Zoology 64:251-258.
  • Dagaeff A-C, Pocheville A, Nöbel S, Loyau A, 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. Front Zool 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. J Exp Biol 211:921-934.

Talks at national and international conferences

  • Nöbel S, Danchin E, Isabel G (2017) Mate-copying of a natural trait in Drosophila melanogaster females. Behavior2017, Estoril, Portugal ; Etho2017, Bonn, Germany
  • Nöbel S, Baumgärtner K, Röhrig C, Witte K (2012) Love pretender and costs of mate-choice copying in Atlantic molly males and females, Poecilia mexicana. 6th European Conference on Behavioural Biology 2012, Essen, Germany ; ASAB Winter Meeting, London, UK ; 104th Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG, Saarbrücken, Germany ; Behavior 2011, Bloomington, Indiana, USA & Round table Mate-choice copying, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
  • Nöbel S, Baumgärtner K, Witte K (2011) Love pretender and costs of mate-choice copying in Atlantic molly males (Poecilia mexicana). 16th PhD Meeting of Evolutionary Biology of the DZG, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Nöbel S, Armbrust M, Witte K (2010) Do sailfin molly males adjust sperm transfer to mate-choice copying ? 103rd Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG, Hamburg, Germany & 5th European Conference on Behavioural Biology 2010, Ferrara, Italy
  • Nöbel S, Schneider E, Witte K (2010) Audience matters in male and female sailfin mollies, Poecilia latipinna. 4th European Conference of Poeciliid Biologists, St. Andrews, Scotland & 5th Topical Meeting of the Ethologische Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
  • Nöbel S, David M, Witte K (2010) Atlantic molly males Poecilia mexicana copy each others mate choice. 15th PhD Meeting of Evolutionary Biology of the DZG, Freiburg, Germany
  • Nöbel S (2008) The Schnauzenorgan-response and the electrosensitive fovea of Gnathonemus petersii. Neurobiology Workshop : Aachen-Bonn-Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany

Poster

  • Nöbel S, Isabel G, Danchin E (2018) Fruit flies conform in love. 2nd YSLR Workshop, St. Andrews, Scotland. Awarded for the best poster presentation
  • Nöbel S, Isabel G, Danchin E (2017/2018) Fruit flies conform in love. 110th Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG, Bielefeld, Germany ; 6th Toulouse Economics and Biology Workshop “Evolution, Cognition & Rationality”, Toulouse, France.
  • Nöbel S, Allain M, Isabel G, Danchin E (2016) Mate-copying in Drosophila melanogaster males. 109th Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG,Kiel, Germany
  • Nöbel S, Witte K (2013) Public information influences sperm transfer to females in sailfin molly males. 105th Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG, Konstanz, Germany
  • Witte K, David M, Nöbel S (2010) Male Poecilia mexicana copy each others mate choice. 5th Topical Meeting of the Ethologische Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
  • Nöbel S, Witte K (2009) Mate-choice copying and the effect of lateralisation in three species of Poeciliids. 102nd Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG, Regensburg, Germany
  • Nöbel S, von der Emde G, Engelmann J (2007) The Schnauzenorgan-response of Gnathonemus petersii. 100th Meeting of the German Zoological Society, DZG, Cologne, Germany
  • Nöbel S, von der Emde G, Pusch R, Engelmann J (2007) The Schnauzenorgan-response of Gnathonemus petersii. Electrosensory Systems : Satellite Meeting to 8th International Congress of Neuroethology, Vancouver, Canada