• Scott Pitnick

    BOOKS AND CHAPTERS


    Pitnick, S. and D. J. Hosken. 2010. Postcopulatory sexual selection. In: Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology (D. F. Westneat and C. W. Fox, eds.), Pp. 379-399. Oxford University Press, New York Buy on Amazon

     

     

     

     

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    Birkhead, T. R., D. J. Hosken and S. Pitnick (eds.) 2009. Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective. Academic Press, London Buy on Amazon

     

     

     

     

     

    Pitnick, S., M. F. Wolfner and S. S. Suarez. 2009. Ejaculate-female and sperm-female interactions. In: Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective (T.R. Birkhead, D.J. Hosken and S. Pitnick, eds.), Pp. 247-304. Academic Press, London

     

    Pitnick, S., D. J. Hosken and T. R. Birkhead. 2009. Sperm morphological diversity. In: Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective (T.R. Birkhead, D.J. Hosken and S. Pitnick, eds.), Pp. 69-149. Academic Press, London

     

    REFEREED JOURNALS


    Rohner PT, Pitnick S, Blanckenhorn WU, Snook RR, Bächli G, Lüpold S. 20XX. Global macroecology of size, sexual size dimorphism, dispersal and range size in fruit flies (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Ecography, submitted.

     

    Gress, B. E. and S. Pitnick. 2017. Size-dependent ejaculation strategies and reproductive success in the yellow dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria. Animal Behaviour 127: 281-287.

     

    Droge-Young, E. M., J. M. Belote, G. S. Perez and S. Pitnick. 2016. Mating system influences on the mechanisms of postcopulatory sexual selection. Journal of Insect Physiology 93-94: 1-10

     

    Lüpold, S., M. K. Manier, N. Puniamoorthy, C. Schoff, W. T. Starmer, S. H. Buckley Luepold, J. M. Belote and S. Pitnick. 2016. How sexual selection can drive the evolution of costly sperm ornamentation. Nature 533: 535-538
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    Droge-Young, E. M., J. M. Belote, A. Eeswara and S. Pitnick. 2016. Extreme ecology and an extreme mating system: discrimination among alternative direct benefits models for the evolution of polyandry in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Behavioral Ecology 27: 575-583 

     

    Gress, B. E., W. T. Starmer, M. A. Virgen, A. Agu1, K. A. Attila1, E. E. Bazluke1, L. A. Chubb1, A. G. Durantini1, J. Goldsmith1, B. M. Hui1, M. Karimova1, E. S. Macey1, M. R. Macri1, E. N. Mongeon1, N. J. Monka1, J. M. Pence1, S. T. Perdomo1, J. M. Pratt1, D. E. Ruda1, J. B. Szkodzinski1, N. A. Williamson1 and S. Pitnick. 2016. Stepping off the pasture: evidence of widespread alternative male mating tactics in the yellow dung fly. Behaviour 153: 143-157 (1students in 2014 Syracuse University Bio 417 course)

     

    McDonough, C., E. Whittington, S. Pitnick and S. Dorus. 2016. Male and female reproductive system proteomics: elucidating the molecular basis of postmating/ prezygotic reproductive barriers. Journal of Proteomics 135: 26-37

     

    Higginson, D. M., A. V. Badyaev, K. A. Segraves and S. Pitnick. 2015. Causes of discordance between allometries at and above species level: an example with aquatic beetles. The American Naturalist 186: 176-186

     

    Pitnick, S. and D. W. Pfennig. 2014. Brotherly love benefits females. Nature 505: 626-627 (News & Views)

     

    Ala-Honkola, O., M. K. Manier, S. Lüpold, E. M. Droge-Young, K. S. Berben, W. F. Collins, J. M. Belote and S. Pitnick. 2014. No inbreeding depression in sperm storage ability or offspring viability in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology 60: 1-6

     

    Gress, B., R. J. Waltzer, S. Lüpold, E. Droge-Young, M. K. Manier, and S. Pitnick. 2014. Alternative mating tactics in the yellow dung fly: resolving mechanisms of small-male advantage off pasture. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20132164

     

    Manier, M. K., S. Lüpold, J. M. Belote, W. T. Starmer, K. S. Berben, O. Ala-Honkola, W. F. Collins and S. Pitnick. 2013. Postcopulatory sexual selection generates speciation phenotypes in Drosophila. Current Biology 23: 1853-1862

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    Manier, M. K. S. Lüpold, S. Pitnick and W. T. Starmer. 2013. A theoretical framework for determining the fertilization set and investigating fertilization bias from multiple sperm-storage organs. The American Naturalist 182: 552-561.

     

    Manier, M. K., J. M. Belote, K. S. Berben, S. Lüpold, O. Ala-Honkola, W. F. Collins and S. Pitnick. 2013. Rapid diversification of sperm precedence traits and processes among three sibling Drosophila species. Evolution 67-8: 2348-2362

     

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    Ala-Honkola, O., D. J. Hosken, M. K. Manier, S. Lüpold, E. M. Droge-Young, K. S. Berben, W. F. Collins, J. M. Belote and S. Pitnick. 2013. Inbreeding reveals mode of past selection on male reproductive characters in Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology & Evolution 3: 2089-2102

     

     

     

    Belote, J. M., Lüpold, S., Manier, M. K. and S. Pitnick. 2013. Opening a window onto sperm competition. Molecular Reproduction and Development 80: 79 (“VISIONS: the art of science” contribution)

     

    Lüpold, S., S. Pitnick, K. S. Berben, C. Blengini, J. M. Belote and M. K. Manier. 2013. Female mediation of competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110: 10693-10698

     

    Lüpold, S., M. K. Manier, K. S. Berben, K. J. Smith, B. D. Daley, S. H. Buckley, J. M. Belote and S. Pitnick. 2012. How multivariate ejaculate traits determine competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster. Current Biology 22: 1667-1672

     

    Droge-Young, E., M. K. Manier, J. M. Belote and S. Pitnick. 2012. Covariance among premating, postcopulatory and viability fitness components in Drosophila melanogaster and their influence on paternity measurement. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 1555-1563

     

    Higginson, D. M., K. B. Miller, K. A. Segraves and S. Pitnick. 2012. Convergence, recurrence and diversification of complex sperm traits. Evolution 66-5: 1650-1661

     

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    Higginson, D. M., K. B. Miller, K. A. Segraves and S. Pitnick. 2012. Female reproductive tract form drives the evolution of complex sperm morphology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109: 4538-4543

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    Ala-Honkola, O., M. K. Manier, S. Lüpold and S. Pitnick. 2011. No evidence for postcopulatory inbreeding avoidance in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 65: 2699-2705

     

    Immler, S., S. Pitnick, G. A. Parker, S. Lüpold, K. Durrant, S. Calhim and T. R. Birkhead. 2011. Resolving variation in reproductive trade-offs: sperm production in birds and flies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 5325-5330

     

    Lüpold, S, M. K. Manier, O. Ala-Honkola, J. M. Belote and S. Pitnick. 2011. Male Drosophila melanogaster adjust ejaculate size based on female mating status, fecundity and age. Behavioral Ecology 22: 184-191

     

    Higginson, D. M. and S. Pitnick. 2011. Intra-ejaculate sperm interactions: do sperm cooperate? Biological Reviews 87: 249-270

     

    Manier, M. K., J. M. Belote, K. S. Berben, D. Novikov, W. T. Stuart and S. Pitnick. 2010. Resolving mechanisms of competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster. Science 328: 354-357

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    Parker, G. A., S. Immler, S. Pitnick and T. R. Birkhead. 2010. Sperm competition games: sperm size (mass) and number under raffle and displacement, and the evolution of P2. Journal of Theoretical Biology 264: 1003-1023

     

    Pitnick, S., K. R. H. Henn, S. Maheux, D. M. Higginson, J. L. Hurtado-Gonzales, M. K. Manier, K. Berben, C. Guptill and J. A. C. Uy. 2009. Size-dependent alternative male mating tactics in the yellow dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 3229-3237

     

    Pitnick, S., R. Dobler and D. J. Hosken. 2009. Sperm length is not influenced by haploid gene expression in the flies Drosophila melanogaster and Scathophaga stercoraria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 4029-4034

     

    Amitin, E. G. and S. Pitnick. 2007. Influence of developmental environment on male- and female-mediated sperm precedence in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 381-391

     

    Blanckenhorn, W. U., Dixon, A. F. G., Fairbairn D. J., Gilbert, P., van der Linde, K., Meier, R., Nylin, S., Pitnick, S., Schoff, C., Signorelli, M. and C. Wiklund. 2007. Proximate causes of Rensch’s rule: Does sexual size dimorphism in arthropods result from sex differences in development time? The American Naturalist 169: 245-257

     

    Bjork, A., W. T. Starmer, D. M. Higginson, C. J. Rhodes and S. Pitnick. 2007. Complex interactions with females and rival males limit the evolution of sperm offense and defense. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 1779-1788

     

    Bjork, A., R. Dallai and S. Pitnick. 2007. Adaptive modulation of sperm production rate in Drosophila bifurca, a species with giant sperm. Biology Letters 3: 517-519

     

    Bjork, A. and S. Pitnick. 2006. Intensity of sexual selection along the anisogamy-isogamy continuum. Nature 441: 742-745

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    Pattarini, J. M., W. T. Starmer, A. Bjork and S. Pitnick. 2006. Mechanisms underlying the sperm quality advantage in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 60: 2064-2080

     

    Pitnick, S., Jones, K. and G. Wilkinson. 2006. Sperm competition and brain size in bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 273: 719-724

     

    Pizzari, T., T. R. Birkhead, M. W. Blows, R. Brooks, K. L. Buchanan, T. H. Clutton-Brock, P. Harvey, D. J. Hosken, M. D. Jennions, H. Kokko, J. S. Kotiaho, C. M. Lessells, C. Macias-García, A. J. Moore, G. A. Parker, S. Pitnick, J. Radwan, M. Ritchie, B. C. Sheldon, L. W. Simmons, R. R. Snook, P. Stockley, M. Zuk. 2006. Reproductive behavior: Sexual selection remains the best explanation. Science 312: 690 (Letter)

     

    Lessells, C. M., A. T. D. Bennett, T. R. Birkhead, N. Colegrave, S. R. X. Dall, P. Harvey, B. Hatchwell, D. J. Hosken, J. Hunt, A. J. Moore, G. A. Parker, S. Pitnick, T. Pizzari, J. Radwan, M. Ritchie, B. C. Sheldon, D. Shuker, L. W. Simmons, P. Stockley, T. Tregenza, M. Zuk. 2006. Nothing new under the sun: Social selection is part of sexual selection theory. Science 312: 689-690.

     

    Brown, W. D., Bjork, A., Schneider, K. and S. Pitnick. 2004. No evidence that polyandry benefits females in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 58: 1242-1250

     

    Starmer, W. T., Polak, M., Barker, J. S. F., McEvey, S., Pitnick, S. and L. L. Wolf. 2003. Phylogenetic, geographic, and temporal analysis of female reproductive trade-offs in Drosophila. Evolutionary Biology 33: 139-171

     

    Miller, G. T. and S. Pitnick. 2003. Functional significance of seminal receptacle length in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16: 114-126

     

    Miller, G. T., Starmer, W. T. and S. Pitnick. 2003. Quantitative genetic analysis of among-population variation in sperm and female sperm-storage organ length in Drosophila mojavensis. Genetical Research 81: 213-220

     

    Pitnick, S., Miller, G. T., Schneider, K. and T. A. Markow. 2003. Ejaculate-female coevolution in Drosophila mojavensis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270: 1507-1512

     

    Morrow, E. H., G. Arnqvist, and S. Pitnick. 2003. Adaptation versus pleiotropy: Why do males harm their mates? Behavioral Ecology 14: 802-806

     

    Hosken, D. J. and S. Pitnick. 2003. Do queens select sperm? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18: 107 (Comment)

     

    Miller, G. T. and S. Pitnick. 2002. Sperm-female coevolution in Drosophila. Science 298: 1230-1233
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    Pitnick, S. and F. García-González. 2002. Harm to females increases with male body size in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 269: 1821-1828

     

    Pitnick, S., Brown, W. D. and G. T. Miller. 2001. Evolution of female remating behaviour following experimental removal of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 268: 557-563

     

    Pitnick, S., Miller, G. T., Reagan, J. and B. Holland. 2001. Males’ evolutionary responses to experimental removal of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 268: 1071-1080

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    Miller, G. T., Starmer, W. T. and S. Pitnick. 2001. Quantitative genetic analysis of the size of the primary sperm-storage organ in Drosophila melanogaster. Heredity 86: 25-32

     

    Pitnick, S., and G. T. Miller. 2000. Correlated response in reproductive and life history traits to selection on testis length in Drosophila hydei. Heredity 84: 416-426

     

    Pitnick, S., and W. D. Brown. 2000. Criteria for demonstrating female sperm choice. Evolution 54: 1052-1056

     

    Pitnick, S., T. A. Markow, and G. S. Spicer. 1999. Evolution of multiple kinds of female sperm-storage organs in Drosophila. Evolution 53: 1804-1822

     

    Karr, T. L., and S. Pitnick. 1999. Sperm competition: Defining the rules of engagement. Current Biology 9: 787-790 (Dispatch)

     

    Pitnick, S., and T. L. Karr. 1998. Paternal products and by-products in Drosophila development. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 265: 821-826

     

    Pitnick, S., Spicer, G. S., and T. A. Markow. 1997. Phylogenetic examination of male ejaculatory donations in Drosophila. Evolution 51: 833-845

     

    Pitnick, S. 1996. Investment in testes and the cost of making long sperm in Drosophila. The American Naturalist 148: 57-80

     

    Spicer, G. S., and S. Pitnick. 1996. Molecular systematics of the Drosophila hydei subgroup as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Journal of Molecular Evolution 43: 281-286.

     

    Markow, T. A., Bustoz, D., and S. Pitnick. 1996. Sexual selection and a secondary sexual character in two Drosophila species. Animal Behaviour 52: 759-766

     

    Pitnick, S., and T. L. Karr. 1996. Sperm caucus. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 11: 148-151 (Conference Report)

     

    Karr, T. L., and S. Pitnick. 1996. The ins and outs of fertilization. Nature 379: 405-406

     

    Pitnick, S., Spicer, G. S., and T. A. Markow. 1995. How long is a giant sperm? Nature 375: 109

     

    Pitnick, S., Markow, T. A., and G. S. Spicer. 1995. Delayed male maturity is a cost of producing large sperm in Drosophila. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 92: 10614-10618

     

    Pitnick, S., and T. A. Markow. 1994. Large-male advantages associated with costs of sperm production in Drosophila hydei, a species with giant sperm. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 91: 9277-9281

     

    Pitnick, S., and T. A. Markow. 1994. Male gametic strategies: Sperm size, testes size, and the allocation of ejaculate among successive mates by the sperm-limited fly Drosophila pachea and its relatives. The American Naturalist 143: 785-819

     

    Pitnick, S., and W. B. Heed. 1994. New species of cactus breeding Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae) from Mexico. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 87: 307-310

     

    Pitnick, S. 1993. Operational sex ratios and sperm limitation in populations of Drosophila pachea. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 33: 383-391

     

    Pitnick, S. 1991. Male size influences mate fecundity and remating interval in Drosophila melanogaster. Animal Behaviour 41: 735-745

     

    Pitnick, S., Markow, T. A., and M. F. Riedy. 1991. Transfer of ejaculate and incorporation of male-derived substances by females in the nannoptera species group (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Evolution 45: 774-780