Melissah Rowe

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Academic interests

Broadly, my research aims to understand how ecology and evolution shape the reproductive biology and behaviour of individuals. I am particularly interested in the evolution of ejaculates, including sperm and non-sperm components. Sperm are especially interesting because they are the most morphologically variable cell type known, and yet our understanding of the evolutionary causes and adaptive significance of this variation remains limited. Thus a recurrent theme in my research is to understand the evolutionary consequences of postcopulatory sexual selection, especially in terms of morphological diversification of sperm cells, and the adaptive and functional significance of sperm diversity. Moreover, because both sperm and non-sperm components of the ejaculate can contribute to fitness, I am also interested in the evolution and functionality of non-sperm components of the ejaculate. While much of my research has focused on passerine birds, I have worked with a variety of taxa (e.g. mammals, millipedes) in order to try and understand the universality of evolutionary patterns and processes.

With support from a Research Council of Norway Young Research Talent grant, I recently began a new project investigating sperm-pathogen interactions and the evolution of ejaculate antimicrobial defences in birds. This project integrates organismal and molecular approaches to develop a systems level understanding of the role of bacteria in the evolution of avian seminal fluid and factors that minimise bacterial-induced sperm defects and limit the transmission of STDs.

Tags: Evolution, Behavioural ecology, Sexual selection, Australia, Germany, Japan, USA

Publications

  • Eroukhmanoff, Fabrice; Rowe, Melissah; Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Haas, Fredrik; Hermansen, Jo Skeie; Runemark, Anna; Johnsen, Arild & Sætre, Glenn-Peter (2016). Experimental evidence for ovarian hypofunction in sparrow hybrids. Avian Research.  ISSN 2053-7166.  7 . doi: 10.1186/s40657-016-0038-1
  • K, Supriya; Rowe, Melissah; Laskemoen, Terje; Mohan, Dhananjai; Price, Trevor & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2016). Early diversification of sperm size in the evolutionary history of the old world leaf warblers (Phylloscopidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1010-061X.  29(4), s 777- 789 . doi: 10.1111/jeb.12826
  • Omotoriogun, Taiwo Crossby; Albrecht, Tomas; Hořak, David; Laskemoen, Terje; Ottosson, Ulf; Rowe, Melissah; Sedlacek, Ondrej & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2016). Sperm size evolution in African greenbuls (Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  117(2), s 337- 349 . doi: 10.1111/bij.12663
  • Omotoriogun, Taiwo Crossby; Laskemoen, Terje; Rowe, Melissah; Albrecht, Tomáš; Bowie, Rauri C.K.; Sedláček, Ondřej; Hořak, David; Ottosson, Ulf & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2016). Variation in sperm morphology among Afrotropical sunbirds. Ibis.  ISSN 0019-1019.  158, s 155- 166 . doi: 10.1111/ibi.12334
  • Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Laskemoen, Terje; Stensrud, Even; Rowe, Melissah; Haas, Fredrik; Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Sætre, Glenn-Peter & Johnsen, Arild (2015). Morphology-function relationships and repeatability in the sperm of Passer sparrows. Journal of morphology (1931. Print).  ISSN 0362-2525.  276(4), s 370- 377 . doi: 10.1002/jmor.20346
  • Dale, Svein; Lifjeld, Jan Terje & Rowe, Melissah (2015). Commonness and ecology, but not bigger brains, predict urban living in birds. BMC Ecology.  ISSN 1472-6785.  15 . doi: 10.1186/s12898-015-0044-x Full text in Research Archive.
  • Rowe, Melissah; Albrecht, Tomas; Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Johnsen, Arild; Laskemoen, Terje; Weir, Jason T & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2015). Postcopulatory sexual selection is associated with accelerated evolution of sperm morphology. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  69(4), s 1044- 1052 . doi: 10.1111/evo.12620
  • Rowe, Melissah; Griffith, Simon C.; Hofgaard, Antje & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2015). Subspecific variation in sperm morphology and performance in the Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda). Avian Research.  ISSN 2053-7166.  6:23, s 1- 10 . doi: 10.1186/s40657-015-0032-z
  • Rowe, Melissah; Pierson, Kasey L & McGraw, Kevin J. (2015). Exploratory behavior is associated with plasma carotenoid accumulation in two congeneric species of waterfowl. Behavioural Processes.  ISSN 0376-6357.  115, s 181- 190 . doi: doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2015.04.008
  • Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Laskemoen, Terje; Eroukhmanoff, Fabrice; Haas, Fredrik; Hermansen, Jo Skeie; Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Rowe, Melissah; Sætre, Glenn-Peter & Johnsen, Arild (2014). Testing a post-copulatory pre-zygotic reproductive barrier in a passerine species pair. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  68(7), s 1133- 1144 . doi: 10.1007/s00265-014-1724-9
  • Hermosell, Ignacio Garcia; Laskemoen, Terje; Rowe, Melissah; Møller, Anders P.; Mousseau, Timothy A.; Albrecht, Tomas & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2013). Patterns of sperm damage in Chernobyl passerine birds suggest a trade-off between sperm length and integrity. Biology Letters.  ISSN 1744-9561.  9(5:20130530) . doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0530
  • Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Hoenen, Antje; Johannessen, Lars Erik; Laskemoen, Terje; Lopes, Ricardo J.; Rodrigues, Pedro M. & Rowe, Melissah (2013). The Azores bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina) has the same unusual and size-variable sperm morphology as the Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  108(3), s 677- 687 . doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.02040.x
  • Rowe, Melissah; Czirják, Gabor; Lifjeld, Jan Terje & Giraudeau, Mathieu (2013). Lysozyme-associated bactericidal activity in the ejaculate of a wild passerine. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  109(1), s 92- 100 . doi: 10.1111/bij.12044
  • Rowe, Melissah; Laskemoen, Terje; Johnsen, Arild & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2013). Evolution of sperm structure and energetics in passerine birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452.  280(1753) . doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2616
  • Rowe, Melissah & Pruett-Jones, Stephen (2013). Extra-pair paternity, sperm competition and their evolutionary consequences in the Maluridae. Emu (Print).  ISSN 0158-4197.  113(3), s 218- 231 . doi: 10.1071/MU12084
  • Tourmente, Maximiliano; Rowe, Melissah; Gonzalez-Barroso, M. Mar; Rial, Eduardo; Gomendio, Montserrat & Roldan, Eduardo R.S. (2013). POSTCOPULATORY SEXUAL SELECTION INCREASES ATP CONTENT IN RODENT SPERMATOZOA. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  67(6), s 1838- 1846 . doi: 10.1111/evo.12079
  • Butler, Michael W.; Toomey, Matthew B.; McGraw, Kevin J. & Rowe, Melissah Mary (2012). Ontogenetic immune challenges shape adult personality in mallard ducks. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452.  279(1727), s 326- 333 . doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0842
  • Rowe, Melissah; Tourville, Elizabeth & McGraw, Kevin (2012). Carotenoids in bird testes: links to body carotenoid supplies, plumage coloration, body mass and testis size in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.  ISSN 1096-4959.  163, s 285- 291
  • Rowe, Melissah Mary; Czirjak, Gabor A.; McGraw, Kevin J. & Giraudeau, Mathieu (2011). Sexual ornamentation reflects antibacterial activity of ejaculates in mallards. Biology Letters.  ISSN 1744-9561.  7(5), s 740- 742 . doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0276
  • Rowe, Melissah Mary & Pruett-Jones, Stephen (2011). Sperm Competition Selects for Sperm Quantity and Quality in the Australian Maluridae. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  6(1) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015720

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  • Rowe, Melissah & Karr, Timothy L (2016). Characterisation of the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) sperm proteome.
  • Rowe, Melissah & Karr, Timothy L (2016). Identification and characterisation of the Taeniopygia guttata (zebra finch) sperm proteome. Show summary
  • Fredriksen, Simen & Rowe, Melissah (2015). The ejaculate microbiome of birds.
  • Griffith, Simon C.; Hurley, Laura L; Fanson, K V & Rowe, Melissah (2015). Extra-pair paternity in birds: selection on genetic compatibility in a global context..
  • Hurley, Laura L; Crino, O; Buchanan, Kate L; Rowe, Melissah & Griffith, Simon C. (2015). Post-copulatory constraints to hybridization across subspecies of long-tailed finch..
  • Rowe, Melissah (2015). Sperm wars: the role of bacteria in the evolution of avian ejaculates.
  • Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Ålund, Murielle; Laskemoen, Terje; Eroukhmanoff, Fabrice; Eybert, Marie-Christine; Haas, Fredrik; Hermansen, Jo Skeie; Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Rowe, Melissah; Qvarnström, Anna; Sætre, Glenn-Peter & Johnsen, Arild (2014). Post-copulatory, pre-zygotic isolating barriers in passerine birds?.
  • Dale, Svein; Rowe, Melissah & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2014). What makes an urban bird? Bird species in the city are not big-brained but simply more common in the surroundings..
  • K., Supriya; Rowe, Melissah; Laskemoen, Terje; Mohan, D; Price, Trevor & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2014). Correlated evolution of sperm and song in the Old World warblers..
  • Rowe, Melissah; Albrecht, Tomas; Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Johnsen, Arild; Laskemoen, Terje; Weir, Jason T & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2014). Postcopulatory sexual selection accelerates rates of evolutionary divergence in sperm morphology..
  • Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Laskemoen, Terje; Eroukhmanoff, Fabrice; Haas, Fredrik; Hermansen, Jo Skeie; Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Rowe, Melissah; Sætre, Glenn-Peter & Johnsen, Arild (2013). An experimental test of a potential post-copulatory pre-zygotic reproductive barrier in a passerine species pair.
  • Cramer, Emily Rebecca A; Laskemoen, Terje; Eroukhmanoff, Fabrice; Haas, Fredrik; Hermansen, Jo Skeie; Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Rowe, Melissah; Sætre, Glenn-Peter & Johnsen, Arild (2013). Testing a post-copulatory pre-zygotic reproductive barrier in a passerine species pair.

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Published Jan. 9, 2015 1:00 PM - Last modified June 3, 2016 11:15 AM