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 Evolution of pigmentation patterns and reproductive behaviors in Drosophila species
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
21.11.2017 Prof. Rudolf Meier, National University of Singapore From NGS barcodes to water eDNA: How new sequencing technologies will help with biodiversity discovery and monitoring at unprecedented scales
Organiser: Hannes Baur
28.11.2017 Prof. Alexandre Buttler, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Impact of climate change on mountain ecosystems in the Swiss Jura
Organiser: IEE junior staff
05.12.2017 Prof. Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin Direct interactions between invasive plants and native pollinators
Organiser: IEE junior staff
12.12.2017 Prof. Anna Qvarnström , Uppsala University in Sweden Speciation - What can be learned from a flycatcher hybrid zone?
Organiser: IEE junior staff
19.12.2017 Exam

Spring Semester 2018
Date Speaker Title
20.02.2018 -
27.02.2018 -
06.03.2018 Dr. Aida Andres, UCL Genetics Institute
Organiser: IEE junior staff
13.03.2018 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
20.03.2018 Dr. Samuel A. Cushman, USDA Forest Service, Arizona
Organiser: IEE junior staff
27.03.2018 -
10.04.2018 Prof. Arne Nolte , Universität Oldenburg
Organiser: IEE junior staff
17.04.2018 -
24.04.2018 -
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
Organiser: Dr. C. J. Melián
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.