Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller-Auditorium 248, Geologie, Baltzerstrasse 1

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Spring Semester 2024
Date Speaker Title
20.02.2024 Prof. Aurora Ruiz-Herrara, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Evolving chromatin - functional and evolutionary implications of 3D genome dynamics
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
27.02.2024 Prof. Dr. Njal Rollinson, University of Toronto Responses of ectothermic vertebrates to climate change inferred from decades of individual-based monitoring
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. I. Ausprey)
05.03.2024 Prof. Eva Fischer, University of Illinois Individual variation and flexibility in poison frog parental care
Organiser: Prof. Dr. E. Ringler
12.03.2024 Dr. Anthony Herrel, French CNRS, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle The evolution of island phenotypes: results from an experimental introduction experiment
Organiser: Prof. Dr. A.-C. Fabre
19.03.2024 Prof. Eline Lorenzen, Globe Institute (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Arctic marine mammals in a post-Arctic world - integrating biomolecular insights from the past and present inform the future
Organiser: IEE junior staff (F. Schlichta)
26.03.2024 Dr. Andrin Gross, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL Studying fungal diversity in Switzerland: tackling obstacles and pioneering new avenues
Organiser: IEE junior staff (N. Tartini)
09.04.2024 Dr. Alexus Roberts, University of California Davies & Aquatic Ecology & Evolution, University of Bern Evolutionary Impacts of Morphological Innovations on the Fish Feeding System
Organiser: Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen
16.04.2024 Dr. Liang Li, University of Konstanz Schooling fish: from biology to robotics and back
Organiser: Prof. Dr. X. Li Richter
23.04.2024 Prof. Dr. Jeff Harvey, Vrije University, Amsterdam None like it hot - most like it warm: behavioral and developmental effects of temperature extremes on spiders and other arthropods
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. P. Thakur
30.04.2024 Dr. Vassilios Ioannidis, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics FAIR Data: Exploring the Why, What, and How
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
07.05.2024 Dr Joseph Maina, Macquarie University, Australia Tackling the three planetary crisis pollution, climate and biodiversity: An Interdisciplinary approach ***Zoom Presentation only***
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Owuor
14.05.2024 Prof. Frank Rheindt, National University of Singapur The build-up and loss of genetic diversity in Southeast Asian biota
Organiser: Dr. M. Schweizer (NMBE)
21.05.2024 Prof. Meike Wittmann, Universität Bielefeld Modelling the consequences of intraspecific trait variation and individual-environment interactions for population dynamics in a changing environment
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
28.05.2024 Exam


Autumn Semester 2024
Date Speaker Title
17.09.2024 -
24.09.2024 Prof. Dr. Eva Ringler, University Bern, IEE
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
01.10.2024 -
08.10.2024 -
15.10.2024 Prof. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
22.10.2024 Dr. Kin Onn Chan, Kansas University A genomic perspective on cryptic species: Extraordinary hidden diversity or exaggerated taxonomic inflation?
Organiser: Dr. S. Hertwig (NMBE)
29.10.2024 -
05.11.2024 -
12.11.2024 Prof. Dr. Madhav P. Thakur, University Bern, IEE
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
19.11.2024 -
26.11.2024 -
03.12.2024 -
10.12.2024 Prof. Dr. Laurent Excoffier
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
17.12.2024 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.