Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Autumn Semester 2017
Date Speaker Title
19.09.2017 Prof. Shinichi Nakagawa, The University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia Meta-analyzing biological topics and beyond: ageing, obesity and why girls are not in STEM
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
26.09.2017 Dr. Mark Ravinet, University of Oslo How does introgression shape speciation?
Organiser: IEE junior staff
03.10.2017 Dr. Todd Katzner, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, USA Ecological correlates of golden eagle flight behavior inform risk from wind energy development
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
10.10.2017 Prof. Eric Allan, IPS Multitrophic interactions and the effects of biodiversity change on ecosystem functioning
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
17.10.2017 Dr. Anne-Nathalie Volkoff/Dr. Jean-Michel Drezen , INRA, Montpellier/Université FR, Tour Endogenous viruses used by parasitic wasps to deliver virulence molecules to their hosts
Organiser: PD Dr. S. Klopfstein
24.10.2017 Prof. Deborah Charlesworth, University of Edinburgh Studying the evolution of the young sex chromosome of the guppy
Organiser: IEE junior staff
31.10.2017 Prof. Chris Jiggins, Cambridge University Hybridisation promotes diversity in tropical butterflies
Organiser: IEE junior staff
07.11.2017 Prof. John Baines, University of Kiel The role of host genetics in shaping the diversity of mammalian host-associated microbiota
Organiser: Prof. Dr. G. Heckel
14.11.2017 Prof. Benjamin Prud'homme, IBDM - Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
21.11.2017 Prof. Rudolf Meier, National University of Singapore
Organiser: Hannes Baur
28.11.2017 Dr. James Gilroy , University of East Anglia (UK)
Organiser: IEE junior staff
05.12.2017 Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin
Organiser: IEE junior staff
12.12.2017 Prof. Anna Qvarnström , Uppsala University in Sweden
Organiser: IEE junior staff
19.12.2017 Exam

Spring Semester 2018
Date Speaker Title
20.02.2018 -
27.02.2018 -
06.03.2018 -
13.03.2018 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
20.03.2018 -
27.03.2018 -
10.04.2018 -
17.04.2018 -
24.04.2018 -
01.05.2018 -
08.05.2018 -
15.05.2018 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
22.05.2018 Prof. Rafe Brown, University of Kansas
Organiser: Dr. Stefan Hertwig
29.05.2018 Exam


The semester exam (open-book, 45 minutes) of this lecture series covers the lectures given in this semester. At the exam you will receive three themes corresponding to three talks given in this semester and you will be asked to choose one.

State for this selected theme the three results or statements that you judge as being most important.
You are encouraged to supplement your explanation by graphs or tables, if appropriate, and to describe and value the applied methodology. Critique would be welcome, if you were not entirely happy with methods or interpretation.

Most importantly, you should justify your judgements with arguments – this is what will be evaluated by the examiners, not your selection of what you found most important. Please discuss only issues that were presented in the respective talks, and not related issues that you know from other sources. Please be concise and aim to condense your text to one page.