Liverpool Skylilne

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Dr Susanne Zajitschek

Dr Susanne Zajitschek

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Biography

My general interest focus is on parental effects: How does the environment influence not only an animal directly, but what happens across generations? Specifically, I am interested in such indirect effects of dietary treatments, effects of temperature, levels of sexual conflict and other social stressors on a multi-generational scale. My main model organisms are Drospohilia and other short-lived animals, as well as zebrafish.

Languages

German
English

Degrees

2008, University of New South Wales, Australia, PhD
2003, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, Biologie Dimplom

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, School of Biological and Evironmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present

Postgraduate training

Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology and Evolution, Australia, University of New South Wales / Garvan Insitute for Medical Research, 2018 - 2019
Mediating effects of harassment via adaptation to sexual conflict, Australia, Monash University, 2016 - 2018
Transgenerational effects of harmful male traits, Spain, Donana Research Station, 2015 - 2017
Evolution of extreme sperm length in Drosophila, United States, George Washington University, 2013 - 2015
Parental transmission of the social environment, Sweden, Uppsala University, 2011 - 2013
Behaviour, dispersal and functional ecology in lizards, France, Station d'Ecologie Experimentale, 2008 - 2010

Publications

Journal article

Zajitschek F, Zajitschek S, Bonduriansky R. 2020. Senescence in wild insects: Key questions and challenges FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, 34 :26-37 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek S, Zajitschek F, Josway S, Al Shabeeb R, Weiner H, Manier MK. 2019. Costs and benefits of giant sperm and sperm storage organs in Drosophila melanogaster JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 32 :1300-1309 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek F, Georgolopoulos G, Vourlou A, Ericsson M, Zajitschek SRK, Friberg U, Maklakov AA. 2019. Evolution Under Dietary Restriction Decouples Survival From Fecundity in Drosophila melanogaster Females JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES A-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND MEDICAL SCIENCES, 74 :1542-1548 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Dowling DK, Head ML, Rodriguez-Exposito E, Garcia-Gonzalez F. 2018. Transgenerational effects of maternal sexual interactions in seed beetles HEREDITY, 121 :282-291 DOI Author Url

Iglesias-Carrasco M, Jennions MD, Zajitschek SRK, Head ML. 2018. Are females in good condition better able to cope with costly males? BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 29 :876-884 DOI Author Url

Alavioon G, Hotzy C, Nakhro K, Rudolf S, Scofield DG, Zajitschek S, Maklakov AA, Immler S. 2017. Haploid selection within a single ejaculate increases offspring fitness Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 :8053-8058 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Zajitschek S, Herbert-Read JE, Abbasi NM, Zajitschek F, Immler S. 2017. Paternal personality and social status influence offspring activity in zebrafish BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Zajitschek F, Zajitschek S, Manier M. 2017. High-protein paternal diet confers an advantage to sons in sperm competition Biology Letters, 13 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Head ML, Jennions MD, Zajitschek SRK. 2016. Sexual selection: incorporating non-genetic inheritance CURRENT OPINION IN BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 12 :129-137 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek F, Zajitschek SRK, Canton C, Georgolopoulos G, Friberg U, Maklakov AA. 2016. Evolution under dietary restriction increases male reproductive performance without survival cost PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 283 DOI Author Url

Kotrschal A, Corral-Lopez A, Zajitschek S, Immler S, Maklakov AA, Kolm N. 2015. Positive genetic correlation between brain size and sexual traits in male guppies artificially selected for brain size JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 28 :841-850 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek S, Hotzy C, Zajitschek F, Immler S. 2014. Short-term variation in sperm competition causes sperm-mediated epigenetic effects on early offspring performance in the zebrafish PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 281 DOI Author Url

Lindholm AK, Head ML, Brooks RC, Rollins LA, Ingleby FC, Zajitschek SRK. 2014. Causes of male sexual trait divergence in introduced populations of guppies JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 27 :437-448 DOI Author Url

Kotrschal A, Rogell B, Bundsen A, Svensson B, Zajitschek S, Brannstrom I, Immler S, Maklakov AA, Kolm N. 2013. The benefit of evolving a larger brain: big-brained guppies perform better in a cognitive task ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 86 :E4-E6 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek F, Zajitschek SRK, Friberg U, Maklakov AA. 2013. Interactive effects of sex, social environment, dietary restriction, and methionine on survival and reproduction in fruit flies AGE, 35 :1193-1204 DOI Author Url

Kotrschal A, Rogell B, Bundsen A, Svensson B, Zajitschek S, Brannstrom I, Immler S, Maklakov AA, Kolm N. 2013. Artificial Selection on Relative Brain Size in the Guppy Reveals Costs and Benefits of Evolving a Larger Brain CURRENT BIOLOGY, 23 :168-171 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Zajitschek F, Miles DB, Clobert J. 2012. The effect of coloration and temperature on sprint performance in male and female wall lizards BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY, 107 :573-582 DOI Author Url

Legrand D, Guillaume O, Baguette M, Cote J, Trochet A, Calvez O, Zajitschek S, Zajitschek F, Lecomte J, Benard Q, Le Galliard J-F, Clobert J. 2012. The Metatron: an experimental system to study dispersal and metaecosystems for terrestrial organisms NATURE METHODS, 9 :828-+ DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Zajitschek F, Clobert J. 2012. The importance of habitat resistance for movement decisions in the common lizard, Lacerta vivipara BMC ECOLOGY, 12 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek S. 2010. The interplay between sexual selection, inbreeding and inbreeding avoidance in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata.

Mariette MM, Zajitschek SRK, Garcia CM, Brooks RC. 2010. The effects of familiarity and group size on mating preferences in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 23 :1772-1782 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Brooks RC. 2010. Inbreeding depression in male traits and preference for outbred males in Poecilia reticulata BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 21 :884-891 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Zajitschek F, Brooks RC. 2009. Demographic costs of inbreeding revealed by sex-specific genetic rescue effects BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 9 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Lindholm AK, Evans JP, Brooks RC. 2009. Experimental evidence that high levels of inbreeding depress sperm competitiveness JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 22 :1338-1345 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek F, Bonduriansky R, Zajitschek SRK, Brooks RC. 2009. Sexual Dimorphism in Life History: Age, Survival, and Reproduction in Male and Female Field Crickets Teleogryllus commodus under Seminatural Conditions AMERICAN NATURALIST, 173 :792-802 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Brooks RC. 2008. Distinguishing the Effects of Familiarity, Relatedness, and Color Pattern Rarity on Attractiveness and Measuring Their Effects on Sexual Selection in Guppies (Poecilia reticulata) AMERICAN NATURALIST, 172 :843-854 DOI Author Url

Evans JP, Brooks RC, Zajitschek SRK, Griffith SC. 2008. DOES GENETIC RELATEDNESS OF MATES INFLUENCE COMPETITIVE FERTILIZATION SUCCESS IN GUPPIES? EVOLUTION, 62 :2929-2935 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek F, Hunt J, Zajitschek SRK, Jennions MD, Brooks R. 2007. No Intra-Locus Sexual Conflict over Reproductive Fitness or Ageing in Field Crickets PLOS ONE, 2 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Evans JP, Brooks R. 2006. Independent effects of familiarity and mating preferences for ornamental traits on mating decisions in guppies BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY, 17 :911-916 DOI Author Url

Zajitschek SRK, Zajitschek F, Bonduriansky R, Brooks RC, Cornwell W, Falster DS, Lagisz M, Mason J, Senior AM, Noble DAW, Nakagawa S. Sex and Power: sexual dimorphism in trait variability and its eco-evolutionary and statistical implications DOI

Other

Zajitschek S, Zajitschek F, Josway S, Al Shabeeb R, Weiner H, Manier M. 2019. Costs and benefits of giant sperm and sperm storage organs in Drosophila melanogaster DOI

Zajitschek F, Zajitschek S, Manier M. 2017. Correction to: High-protein paternal diet confers an advantage to sons in sperm competition (vol 13, 20160914, 2017) BIOLOGY LETTERS, 13 DOI Author Url

Engagement & Impact

Teaching qualification:

Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching. 2020

Conference organisation:

Australasian Evolution Society Meeting 2019, Organizing Committee, http://ausevo.com/conference/. 2019

Research Grants Awarded:

EU Horizon 2020 /Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, SESAME, Grant value (£): 240000, Duration of research project: declined. 2019

EDB / Severo Ochoa internal award, Transgenerational effects of sexual interactions and their impact on sexual conflict, Francisco Garcia-Gonzalez, Damian Dowling, Grant value (£): 11 000, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2016

Talentia Fellowship, Andalusian Agency of Knowledge / EU Horizon2020, Transgenerational effects of sexual interactions, Grant value (£): 137 000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2015

Sven and Lilly Lawski Foundation, Haploid selection: the role of sperm on offspring traits, Grant value (£): 43000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2011