Lecture Series in Evolutionary Ecology and Behavioural Ecology

Seminar Location

Fall Semester: Haller Auditorium, Baltzerstrasse 1
Spring Semester: Studer Auditorium, Baltzerstrasse 3

Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, 16:15, weekly


BE = Behavioural Ecology Lab
EE = Evolutionary Ecology Lab

Protocol Instructions
Fall Semester 2018
Group Date Speaker Title
BE 19.09.18
Dr. Bart Kranstauber
University of Zurich
Analysing animal movement in the environment

Supporting literature: Kranstauber_1.pdf (PDF, 4.7 MB), Kranstauber_2.pdf (PDF, 4.4 MB)

EE 26.09.18 Dr. Jessica Stapley

ETH Zurich


Ecological and genetic divergence in a colour polymorphic anolis lizard

Supporting literature: Stapley 1.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB), Stapley 2.pdf (PDF, 2.2 MB), Stapley 3.pdf (PDF, 601KB)

BE 03.10.18 Dr. Wendt Müller

University of Antwerp


Family business – from daily decisions to coordinated parental investment

Supporting literature: Wendt_1.pdf (PDF, 691KB), Wendt_2.pdf (PDF, 260KB)

10.10.18 Dr. Simon Hart

ETH Zürich


The ecological and evolutionary effects of intraspecific variation on species coexistence

Supporting literature: Hart 1.pdf (PDF, 480KB), Hart 2.pdf (PDF, 717KB)

BE 17.10.18 Prof. Sylvia Cremer

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Social immunity: protecting the colony from disease

Supporting literature: Cremer_1.pdf (PDF, 5.4 MB), Cremer_2.pdf (PDF, 623KB), Cremer_3.pdf (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Prof. Simon Verhulst

University of Gröningen


Telomeres and life histories


Supporting literature: Verhulst_1.pdf (PDF, 433KB), Verhulst_2.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB)

BE 31.10.18 Dr. Damien Farine

Max Planck Institute for Ornithologz and Universitz of Konstanz

Simple rules and complex consequences in animal societies


Supporting literature: Farine_1.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB), Farine_2.pdf (PDF, 280KB), Farine_3.pdf (PDF, 6.2 MB)

BE 07.11.18

Prof. Mark Briffa

University of Plymouth
The role of skill in animal contests – an overlooked component of fighting ability (RHP)?

Supporting literature: Briffa_1.pdf (PDF, 658KB), Briffa_2.pdf (PDF, 335KB), Briffa_3.pdf (PDF, 365KB)

14.11.18 Dr. Richard Merrill

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


The genetics of ecological speciation in tropical butterflies
21.11.18 Dr. Katja Rasanen



Multifarious adaptation to environmental change - a frog's eye view

Supporting literature: Rasanen 1.pdf (PDF, 66KB), Rasanen 2.pdf (PDF, 1.0 MB)

BE 28.11.18
Prof. Jeremy Field
University of Exeter
Detecting intraspecific cuckoos: mechanisms and constraints


Supporting literature: Field_1.pdf (PDF, 1.0 MB), Field_2.pdf (PDF, 193KB), Field_3.pdf (PDF, 110KB)

EE 05.12.18 Dr. Alex Jordan

Max Planck Institute for Collective Behaviour


Through a glass darkly - what we can and cannot know about the behaviour of animals, and how machines might help

Supporting literature: Jordan 1.pdf (PDF, 879KB)

EE 12.12.18 Dr. Rongfeng (Ray) Cui

Max Planck Institute for Aging


Learned mate preferences and its effects on reproductive isolation
EE 19.12.18 Dr. Maude Baldwin

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology


Evolution of avian taste perception: causes and consequences of diet shifts

Supporting literature: Baldwin 1.pdf (PDF, 4.6 MB), Baldwin 2.pdf (PDF, 239KB)

Spring Semester 2018
Group Date Speaker Title
BE 21.02.18 Dr. Adam Reddon

Liverpool John Moores University


Nonapeptide regulation of social behaviour in group living fishes

Supporting literature: Reddon1 (PDF, 673KB), Reddon2 (PDF, 362KB), Reddon3 (PDF, 883KB)

EE 28.02.18 Dr. Sylvie Retaux

Paris Saclay Institute of Neuroscience


Developmental evolution of brain and behavior in blind cavefish

Supporting literature: Retaux 1.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB), Retaux 2.pdf (PDF, 5.6 MB)

EE 07.03.18 Prof. Christian Parisod

University of Bern


Evolution of duplicated genomes under environmental constraints

Supporting literature: Parisod 1.PDF (PDF, 580KB), Parisod 2.pdf (PDF, 1.2 MB)

EE 14.03.18 Prof. Alex Widmer

ETH Zürich


Adaptation from long-standing genetic variation in an alpine plant

Supporting literature: Widmer 1.pdf (PDF, 759KB), Widmer 2.pdf (PDF, 253KB)

BE 21.03.18 Dr. Erik Frank

University of Lausanne


Rescue behaviour and treatment of injured individuals in a termite-hunting ant

Supporting literature: Frank1 (PDF, 1.0 MB), Frank2 (PDF, 420KB), Frank3 (PDF, 400KB)

EE 28.03.18 Dr. Kathryn Elmer

University of Glasgow


Evolution and ecology of parity mode in a reproductively bimodal species, the European common lizard

Supporting literature: Elmer 1.pdf (PDF, 1.5 MB), Elmer 2.pdf (PDF, 909KB)

EE 11.04.18 Prof. Gabriel Marais

University of Lyon


The evolution of social systems and sex chromosomes in primates

Supporting literature: Marais 1.pdf (PDF, 1.0 MB), Marais 2.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB)

EE 18.04.18 Prof. Ken Lukowiak

University of Calgary


Enhancing memory formation by fear and chocolate

Supporting literature: Lukowiak 1.pdf (PDF, 750KB), Lukowiak 2.pdf (PDF, 473KB), Lukowiak 3.pdf (PDF, 266KB)

BE 25.04.18 Dr. Sjouke Kingma

University of Groningen


The evolution of cooperative breeding in birds: much more than kin selection?

Supporting literature: Kingma_1 (PDF, 503KB), Kingma_2 (PDF, 414KB), Kingma_3 (PDF, 466KB)

02.05.18 Dr. James Savage

University of Cambridge


Parental care: do the details matter?

Supporting literature: Savage_1 (PDF, 3.2 MB), Savage_2 (PDF, 1.3 MB), Savage_3 (PDF, 597KB)

EE 09.05.18 Dr. Leslie Turner

University of Bath


Genomics of speciation in house mice: a comparison of two approaches

Supporting literature: Turner1.pdf (PDF, 487KB), Turner2.pdf (PDF, 773KB), Turner3.pdf (PDF, 2.1 MB)

BE 16.05.18 Dr. Lauren Brent

University of Exeter


Relationships matter: How network connections are the key to success in a social world

Supporting literature: Brent_1 (PDF, 1016KB), Brent_2 (PDF, 2.6 MB), Brent_3 (PDF, 925KB)

BE 23.05.18 Prof. Jutta Schneider

University of Hamburg


Adaptations to an extreme mating system in spiders

Supporting literature: Schneider_1 (PDF, 588KB), Schneider_2 (PDF, 161KB), Schneider_3 (PDF, 546KB)

BE 30.05.18 Prof. Laurent Lehmann

University of Lausanne


What does natural selection maximize and when do individuals maximize their inclusive fitness?

Supporting literature: Lehmann_1 (PDF, 4.2 MB), Lehmann_2 (PDF, 3.5 MB), Lehmann_3 (PDF, 207KB)


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