Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


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 PD Dr. Péter Bátary, MTA ÖK Lendület, Landscape and Conservation Ecology Research Group, Hungary Role of landscape structure in maintaining farmland biodiversity
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
02.10.2018 Prof. Jonathan Levine , ETH Zürich Understanding species’ responses to climate change: the importance of population and community ecology
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
09.10.2018 Dr. Tanja Slotte, Stockholm University Genomic consequences of plant mating system variation
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Kimberly Gilbert)
16.10.2018 Dr. Juliet Vickery, University of Cambridge The conservation of Afro Paleartic migrant birds: an impossible task?
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Arnaud Barras)
23.10.2018 PD Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin Changing environments - amphibian responses
Organiser: Dr. Stefan T. Hertwig
30.10.2018 Prof. Trevor Price, University of Chicago Bird distributions across the Himalayan tropical-temperate divide
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. David Marques)
06.11.2018 Prof. Axel Meyer, Universität Konstanz, Germany Genomics of adaptation and ultrafast speciation in repeated radiations of cichlid fishes
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 Best MSc thesis: Dario Bayani / Best PhD thesis: Manon Schweinfurth
27.11.2018 Prof. Jon Slate, University of Sheffield, UK Predicting phenotypes from genomic data in a wild mammal population
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Diana Rennison)
04.12.2018 Dr. Ludovic Orlando, University of Toulouse Tracking five millenia of horse domestication with extensive genome time-series
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
11.12.2018 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nentwig, IEE Research and other things
Organiser: Prof. Dr. W. Nentwig
18.12.2018 Exam

Spring Semester 2019
Date Speaker Title
19.02.2019 -
26.02.2019 -
05.03.2019 -
12.03.2019 -
19.03.2019 Prof. Åke Lindström, University of Lund
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Arnaud Barras)
26.03.2019 -
02.04.2019 -
09.04.2019 Prof. Joachim Hermisson, University of Vienna
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
16.04.2019 Prof. Sebastian Bonhoeffer, Theoretical Biology, Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ), ETH Zurich
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
30.04.2019 Dr. Josefa González, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF)
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Kimberly Gilbert)
07.05.2019 -
14.05.2019 Prof. Roger Butlin, University of Sheffield
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. Diana Rennison)
21.05.2019 Prof. Matt Knope, University of Hawaii in Hilo Comparative study of adaptive radiations on the Hawaiian archipelago
Organiser: Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen
28.05.2019 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.