Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Spring Semester 2018
Date Speaker Title
20.02.2018 Dr. Christoph Schwoerer, IPS & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research Back to the Future - Using paleoecological data to estimate future vegetation changes
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
27.02.2018 Dr. Joana Meier, IEE The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlid fishes
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Myles Menz)
06.03.2018 Dr. Aida Andrés, UCL Genetics Institute The effects of behaviour, demography and natural selection on the evolution of the genomes of the great apes
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Kimberly Gilbert)
13.03.2018 Prof. Dr. Martin Entling, Uni Koblenz- Landau (DE) Management innovations for sustainable viticulture
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
20.03.2018 Dr. Samuel A. Cushman, USDA Forest Service, Arizona Latest applications of landscape genetics & connectivity modeling in conservation biology
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Arnaud Barras)
27.03.2018 Prof. Barbara Koenig, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich Conspecifics matter - causes and consequences of social interactions in wild house mice
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Sacha Engelhardt)
10.04.2018 Dr. Benjamin Peter, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Genetic landscapes reveal how human genetic diversity aligns with geography
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Joana Meier)
17.04.2018 Dr. Gerald Carter, Max-Planck-Institute of Ornithology, Konstanz Reciprocity, kinship, and cooperative relationships in vampire bats
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
24.04.2018 Prof. Tracey Chapman, University of East Anglia The role of sexual conflict and co-operation in driving evolutionary change
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Diana Rennison)
01.05.2018 Prof. Hans Hofmann, University of Texas at Austin Neural and Molecular Evolution of the Social Brain
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
08.05.2018 Dr. José M. Gómez, Experimental station of arid zones, Spanish Research Council The fuzzy logic of biotic interactions
Organiser: Dr. C. J. Melián
15.05.2018 Prof. Dr. Loïc Pellisier, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL Toward spatial mechanistic models of biodiversity
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Myles Menz)
22.05.2018 Prof. Rafe Brown, University of Kansas New phylogenoimic data augment a 35-year conceptual paradigm for evolutionary diversification in an island archipelago
Organiser: Dr. Stefan Hertwig
29.05.2018 Exam

Autumn Semester 2018
Date Speaker Title
18.09.2018 Prof. Jordi Bascompte, Universität Zürich Plant-animal mutualistic networks, the architecture of biodiversity
Organiser: Prof. Dr. Arlettaz
25.09.2018 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
02.10.2018 Prof. Jonathan Levine , ETH Zürich
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
09.10.2018 Dr. Tanja Slotte, Stockholm University
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Kimberly Gilbert)
16.10.2018 Dr. Juliet Vickery, University of Cambridge
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Arnaud Barras)
23.10.2018 PD Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin
Organiser: Dr. Stefan T. Hertwig
30.10.2018 Prof. Trevor Price, University of Chicago
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. David Marques)
06.11.2018 -
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Sacha Engelhardt)
13.11.2018 Prof. Alexandra-Maria Klein, University of Freiburg, Germany Causes and consequences of insect decline - what do we know and what can we do
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Myles Menz)
20.11.2018 Volz-Preis
27.11.2018 Prof. Jon Slate, University of Sheffield, UK
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Diana Rennison)
04.12.2018 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. W. Nentwig
11.12.2018 Dr. Ludovic Orlando, University of Toulouse Tracking five millenia of horse domestication with extensive genome time-series
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
18.12.2018 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.