Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Autumn Semester 2019
Date Speaker Title
17.09.2019 Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer, Universität Bern, Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften IPBES and its global and regional assessment reports: trends, drivers, scenarios, and options for nature and people
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
24.09.2019 Prof. Dr. Michel Milinkovitch, Université de Genève Patterning of the vertebrate skin through mechanical and Turing instabilities
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
01.10.2019 Prof. Dr. Dan Bolnick, University of Connecticut Co-evolutionary Pyrrhic Victory? Cestode resistance entails a costly immune pathology in stickleback
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
08.10.2019 Dr. Janet Kelso, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology The fate of Neandertal DNA in modern humans
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. N. Marchi)
15.10.2019 Dr. Thomas Merckx, Department of Ecology and Genetics, University of Oulu, Finland Urban moths: XL species and specimens
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. K. Zografou)
22.10.2019 Prof. Roger Butlin, University of Sheffield Local adaptation and speciation in Littorina
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. D. Rennison)
29.10.2019 Dr. Patrik Nosil, CEFE, Montpellier Predictability of eco-evolutionary dynamics
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
05.11.2019 Dr. Rodolphe Rougerie, MNHN Paris Novel model for the study of insect diversity and macroecology
Organiser: IEE junior staff (A. Barras)
12.11.2019 Prof. Dr. Christian Kost, Universität Osnabrück Is metabolic cooperation within microbial communities inevitable?
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. S. Engelhardt)
19.11.2019 Dr. Julia Schwarzer
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. D. Marques)
26.11.2019 Prof. Dr. Gernot Segelbacher, University of Freiburg, Germany
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
03.12.2019 Dr. Alice Mouton, Université de Liège, Belgien
Organiser: PD Dr. A. Grill
10.12.2019 Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
17.12.2019 Exam

Spring Semester 2020
Date Speaker Title
18.02.2020 SNSF Prof. Dr. Benjamin Towbin, IZB, University of Bern
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
25.02.2020 -
03.03.2020 Prof. Menno Schilthuizen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University
Organiser: PD Dr. Andrea Grill
10.03.2020 -
17.03.2020 -
24.03.2020 Prof. Jimmy A McGuire, University of California, Berkeley
Organiser: Dr. Stefan Hertwig
31.03.2020 -
07.04.2020 -
21.04.2020 Prof. Dr. Rob Paxton, MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Evolutionary dynamics of a major honey bee pathogen, Deformed wing virus
Organiser: Prof. Dr. P. Neumann
28.04.2020 -
05.05.2020 -
12.05.2020 -
19.05.2020 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
26.05.2020 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.