Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Spring Semester 2023
Date Speaker Title
21.02.2023 Dr. Chloé William Schmidt, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Effects of environments and human social factors on wildlife evolution in cities
Organiser: Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen
28.02.2023 Dr. Simon Clulow, University of Newcastle Australia’s vanishing frogs: addressing global amphibian declines in a changing threat landscape
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. B. Szabo)
07.03.2023 Dr. Ian Ausprey, IEE Disturbance Sensitivity of Avian Communities in the Alps and Andes: Functional Mechanisms and Conservation Implications
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
14.03.2023 Prof. Dr. Carsten Rahbek, Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, University of Copenhagen Why is Earth so biologically diverse? Mountains hold the answer
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. S. Vignali)
21.03.2023 Prof. Elena Conti, University of Zürich Comparative genomics elucidates the convergent origins of floral heteromorphism
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
28.03.2023 Prof. Dr. Karoline Faust, KU Leuven Lessons from synthetic human gut bacterial communities ***ZOOM presentation only***
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. L. Marrec)
04.04.2023 Dr. Junior A. Tremblay, Environment and Climate Change Canada Spatio-temporal variability of the predicted impacts of climate change on boreal biodiversity
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
18.04.2023 Dr. Anita Risch, WSL Loss of aboveground animals in grasslands: Consequences for ecosystem processes and functioning
Organiser: Prof. Dr. Madhav P. Thakur
25.04.2023 Prof. Dr. Claudia Bank, IEE Epistasis and adaptation on fitness landscapes
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
02.05.2023 Dr. David Diez del Molino, Centre for Palaeogenetics, Stockholm
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. M. Muschick)
09.05.2023 Dr. Pascale Flury, Basel University
Organiser: IEE junior staff (S. Sanders)
16.05.2023 Prof. Marta Manser, Universität Zürich
Organiser: Prof. Dr. E. Ringler
23.05.2023 PD. Daniel Berner, University of Basel Paradigm shift in statistics and communication: from significance testing to estimation
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. M. Rösti)
30.05.2023 Exam

Autumn Semester 2023
Date Speaker Title
19.09.2023 -
26.09.2023 -
03.10.2023 -
10.10.2023 -
17.10.2023 Prof. Andrea Sweigart, University of Georgia
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
24.10.2023 Prof. Lukas Keller, University of Zurich
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
31.10.2023 -
07.11.2023 -
14.11.2023 Dr. Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
21.11.2023 -
28.11.2023 -
05.12.2023 -
12.12.2023 -
19.12.2023 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.


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