Projects per year
- Deputy Head, School of Biological Sciences
- Board member, Norwich Research Park BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership
- Co-ordinator for the School of Biological Sciences Equality and Diversity Team
- Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (2010 - present)
- Reader, University of East Anglia (2006 - 2010)
- Reader, University College London (2005-2006)
- Royal Society University Research Fellow, University College London and University of East Anglia (1998-2007)
- BBSRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University College London (1995-1998)
- SERC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Edinburgh (1992-1995)
- Ph.D. University of Edinburgh (1992)
- B.Sc. Applied Biology. University of Bath (1989)
Key Research Interests and Expertise
I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in understanding how reproductive traits evolve and function at a mechanistic level. A core interest is in evaluating the potential of sexual selection and sexual conflict for driving evolutionary change and in understanding the underlying mechanisms involved. Fruitflies provide an exceptionally good model, with relevance to pest control, for the study of sexual conflict and sexual selection. We have studied in detail the actions of seminal fluid proteins, which evolve at exceptionally high rates and have striking, fitness-related functions.
Current Research Projects
- The genetic basis of sexual conflict in fruitflies
- Role of sexual conflict in ageing
- Regulation of seminal fluid encoding genes
- Socio-sexual responses to sperm competition
- Role of gut microbiota in driving host evolution
- Dietary adaptation
- Functions and fitness effects of seminal fluid proteins
- Genetic methods for control of pest insecs
Life in our research group
Our research uses a combination of classical and molecular genetics, life history studies and, increasingly, genomics and bioinformatics to study how male-female interactions drive evolutionary change. As well as engaging with the seminars in the School and beyond, we have our own weekly lab meetings and journal club debates to keep up to date. We work with fruitflies because of their astonishing genetic utility and ease of manipulation, but we do venture out of the lab occasionally....
Postdocs & Fellows
I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include fellowship appliactions, e.g. EU Marie Curie fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named postdoc.
We maintain national and international collaborations, including with: Professor Mariana Wolfner at Cornell University USA; Dr Amanda Bretman at the University of Leeds UK; Dr Claudia Fricke at the University of Meunster Germany; Dr Neil Morrison at Oxitec Ltd UK; Professor Luke Alphey at the Institute of Animal Health Pirbright UK; Dr Jen Perry at the University of Oxford.
- NERC peer review college
- External examiner, Cambridge Zoology 2016-2019
Evolutionary medicine, genetics, behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, life history.
Research Group Membership
Michael Darrington. Project: RNAi for insect control. Funding: Oxitec Ltd: www.oxitec.com/. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Dore. Project: Love thy neighbour: social and sexual accommodation in fruitfies. Funding: NRP BBSRC DTP. Email: email@example.com
Emma Gould (primary supervisor: Dr Chris Hamilton, Pharmacy). Project: use of garlic polysuiphides for insect control. Funding: BBSRC CASE, partner Ecospray Ltd (http://www.ecospray.com/). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart Leigh. Project: Genetic control of pest insects. Funding: EnvEast NERC DTP, in collaboration with Prof Luke Alphey, Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright (www.pirbright.ac.uk/). Email: email@example.com
Jessy Rouhana. Joint PhD degree, with Prof Bregje Wertheim, University of Groeningen, Holland. Project: sex peptide as a master regulator of reproduction. Funding: Ubbo Emmius Scholarship (Holland) and UEA scholarship. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Doctoral Research Assistants
Dr Emily Fowler. Project: Measure for measure: female reproductive plasticity. Funding: NERC. Email: email@example.com
Dr Wayne Rostant. Project: Measure for measure: female reproductive plasticity. Funding: NERC. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chapman, T. & Wilson, C.
22/02/19 → 21/08/23
1/10/18 → 31/03/22
The cost of longevity: transgenerational consequences of parental lifespan extension for offspring fitness
1/10/18 → 30/09/21
1/10/17 → 30/09/21
Rostant, W. G., Bretman, A. & Chapman, T., Jan 2021, In : Evolution. 75, 1, p. 101-115 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Rostant, W. G., Taylor, M. I., Alphey, L. & Chapman, T., Feb 2021, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 34, 2, p. 319-330 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)10 Downloads (Pure)
Rostant, W. G., Chapman, T., Wigby, S. & Perry, J. C., 31 Mar 2021, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1947, 20203053.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)19 Downloads (Pure)
Transgenerational fitness effects of lifespan extension by dietary restriction in Caenorhabditis elegansIvimey-Cook, E. R., Sales, K., Carlsson, H., Immler, S., Chapman, T. & Maklakov, A. A., 12 May 2021, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1950, 20210701.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)5 Downloads (Pure)
Data from: Resource limitation and responses to rivals in males of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster
Data from: Lineages evolved under stronger sexual selection show superior ability to invade conspecific competitor populations