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Dr. I. Rick

ingolf.jpg   Dr. rer. nat. Ingolf Rick

Staff member (Post-Doc)

Phone:    +49 228 73 57 49
Fax:        +49 228 73 23 21

Information about OEP-Biology (Master of Science)

Research interest:

My recent research mainly focuses on the visual ecology in three-spined sticklebacks. Major topics are:

a) the relationship between structural (UV) and pigmentary colour components in the expression of male courtship signals,

b) the adaptive value of long-term and short-term changes in signal expression especially with regard to male courtship coloration,

c) population-specific attributes of visual communication concerning the role of receiver physiology and visual signals in sexual interactions.

Furthermore, I’m interested in the costs associated with an exposition to enhanced levels of ambient UV light. UV radiation has a strong impact on physiological and immunological functions in higher organisms. Consequently, UV-driven effects on life history and behaviour can be assumed.

  • Rahn, A. K., Vitt, S., Drolshagen, L., Scharsack, J. P.,  Rick, I. P.  & Bakker, T. C. M. (2017). Parasitic infection of the eye lens affects shoaling preferences in three-spined stickleback. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. (accepted).
pdf upon request
  • Schluessel, V., Rick, I. P., Plischke, K. (2014). No rainbow for grey bamboo sharks: evidence for the absence of colour vision in sharks from behavioural discrimination experiments. J. Comp. Physiol. A. doi:10.1007/s00359-014-0940-0
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  • Rick, I. P., Mehlis, M., Eßer, E. & Bakker, T. C. M. (2014). The influence of ambient ultraviolet light on sperm quality and sexual ornamentation in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Oecologia 174: 393-402.
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  • Pfaender, J., Gray, S. M., Rick, I. P., Chapuis, S., Hadiaty, R. K. & Herder, F. (2013). Spectral data reveal unexpected cryptic colour polymorphism in female sailfin silverside fish from ancient Lake Matano. Hydrobiologia
published online
  • Modarressie, R., Rick, I. P. & Bakker, T. C. M. (2013). Ultraviolet reflection enhances the risk of predation in a vertebrate. Curr. Zool. 59: 151-159
published online
  • Meuthen, D., Rick, I.P., Thünken, T. & Baldauf S. A. (2012). Visual prey detection by near-infrared cues in a fish. Naturwissenschaften 99:1063-1066.
  • Rick, I. P., Bloemker, D. & Bakker, T. C. M. (2012). Spectral composition and visual foraging in the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteidae: Gasterosteus aculeatus L.): elucidating the role of ultraviolet wavelengths. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 105: 359-368.
  • Rick, I. P. , Mehlis, M. & Bakker, T. C. M.(2011). Male red ornamentation is associated with female red sensitivity in sticklebacks. PLoS One 6:e25554.
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  • Rick, I. P. & Bakker, T.C.M. (2010). Ultraviolet light influences habitat preferences in a fish under predation risk. Evol. Ecol. 24: 25-37.
  • Rick, I. P. & Bakker T. C. M. (2008). Color signaling in conspicuous red sticklebacks: do ultraviolet signals surpass others? BMC Evol. Biol. 2008, 8: 189.
  • Rick, I. P. & Bakker, T.C.M. (2008). Males do not see only red: UV wavelengths and male territorial aggression in the three-spined stickleback. Naturwissenschaften 95: 631-638.
  • Rick, I. P. & Bakker T. C. M. (2008). UV wavelengths make female three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) more attractive for males. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 62: 439-445.
  • Modarressie, R., Rick, I. P. & Bakker, T. C. M. (2006). UV matters in shoaling decisions. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 273: 849-854.
  • Rick, I. P., Modarressie, R. & Bakker, T. C. M. (2006). UV-wavelengths affect female mate choice in three-spined sticklebacks. Anim. Behav. 71: 307-313.
  • Rick, I. P., Modarressie, R. & Bakker, T. C. M. (2004). Male three-spined sticklebacks reflect in ultraviolet light. Behaviour 141: 1531-1541.
PhD thesis:

  • Rick, I. P. (2008). Ultraviolet light and visual communication in the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus L.). PhD-thesis, University of Bonn, Germany.
Diploma thesis:

  • Rick, I. P. (2003). Haben ultraviolette Signale eine Funktion bei der Partnerwahl des Dreistachligen Stichlings (Gasterosteus aculeatus)? Diploma-thesis, University of Bonn, Germany.