Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Spring Semester 2020
Date Speaker Title
18.02.2020 SNSF Prof. Dr. Benjamin Towbin, IZB, University of Bern Optima in the phenotypic plasticity of organismal growth
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
25.02.2020 Dr. Pim Edelaar, University Pablo de Olavide Crypsis. Habitat choice. Adaptation. Generalised reaction norms. Non-genetic inheritance. Animal models. Bivariate Price equation. Causal modelling. Generalised adaptive evolution.
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. M. Rösti)
03.03.2020 Dr. Martin Sikora, University of Copenhagen Migrations, networks and microbes - What can we learn about human history from sequencing ancient genomes?
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
10.03.2020 Dr. Martha Muñoz, Yale University Behavior is a motor and a brake for evolution
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. D. Marques)
17.03.2020 Dr. Kimberly Gilbert, University of Lausanne Drivers of genetic diversity in regions of low recombination
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. N. Marchi)
24.03.2020 Dr. Michael Emerman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA The last pandemic, the one before that, and this one
Organiser: Prof. Dr. Catherine Peichel
31.03.2020 Dr. Peter Biedermann, University of Freiburg Evolutionary feedbacks between insect sociality and microbial management
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
07.04.2020 no seminar, - -
Organiser: IEE junior staff (A. Barras)
21.04.2020 Prof. Dr. Peter Neumann, Universität Bern, Vetsuisse The world tour of small hive beetles: insights into ecology and evolution of an invasive species
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
28.04.2020 Dr. Helen Regan, University of California Plant species persistence in the face of climate change
Organiser: PD Dr. A. Grill
05.05.2020 Dr. Sacha Engelhardt, IEE, University of Bern Testing the grandmother hypothesis in pre-industrial human populations
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. S. Engelhardt)
12.05.2020 Prof. Florian Altermatt, University of Zurich / Eawag Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Riverine Networks
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. G. Adamidis)
19.05.2020 Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, IEE, University of Bern Shell-brooding cichlids as evolutionary model for intrasexual and intersexual conflict
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
26.05.2020 Exam

Autumn Semester 2020
Date Speaker Title
15.09.2020 -
22.09.2020 Dr. Noémie Becker, LMU München TBA
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. N. Marchi)
29.09.2020 -
06.10.2020 Dr. Manuel Ruedi, Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Genève Tracking the origins of the cosmopolitan genus Myotis : convergent evolution of an old success-story
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
13.10.2020 Prof. Dr. Eva Ringler, IEE, University of Bern
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
20.10.2020 Prof. Dr. Madhav P. Thakur, IEE, University of Bern Terrestrial ecology in an extreme world
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
27.10.2020 Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner, ETH Zurich TBA
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. M. Muschick)
03.11.2020 Prof. Craig Primmer, University of Helsinki
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. M. Rösti)
10.11.2020 Prof. Dr. Claudia Bank, IEE, University of Bern
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
17.11.2020 Dr. Kamran Safi, University of Konstanz TBA
Organiser: IEE junior staff (A. Barras)
24.11.2020 Hanna ten Brink, EAWAG TBA
Organiser: Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen
01.12.2020 Prof. Hanna Kokko, University of Zurich TBA
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
08.12.2020 Volz Awards
15.12.2020 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.