Lecture Series in Ecology and Evolution

Seminar Location

Haller Auditorium

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, 16:15


Spring Semester 2021
Date Speaker Title
23.02.2021 Prof. Dr. Tamas Szekely, University of Bath Breeding systems and sex ratios: was Darwin right?
Organiser: Prof. Dr. E. Ringler
02.03.2021 Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig, Freie Universität Berlin Microplastic in terrestrial ecosystems
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Thakur
09.03.2021 Prof. Chung-I Wu , Sun Yat-sen University A theoretical exploration of the origin and early evolution of a pandemic
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. J. Li)
16.03.2021 Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand, Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg On recovery and thresholds - how synthesis efforts can foster our understanding of ecological stability
Organiser: IEE junior staff (G. Martinez de Leon)
23.03.2021 Dr. Claudio Quilodrán, University of Oxford Eco-evolutionary models shed light on the impact of hybridization on biodiversity
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
30.03.2021 Dr. Xiang-Yi Li, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel Some applications of evolutionary game theory in understanding biological interactions
Organiser: Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier
13.04.2021 Prof. Dr. Anna-Liisa Laine, Universität Zürich Human impact on disease dynamics in natural ecosystems
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Peichel
20.04.2021 Prof. Dr. Johanna Mappes, University of Jyväskylä 150 years after Alfred Russel Wallace: Is there still something new we can learn about natural selection when studying the colours of animals?
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. B. Szabo)
27.04.2021 Prof. Dr. Andrew Hendry, McGill University, Montreal Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics In The Wild
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. M. Rösti)
04.05.2021 Dr. James Pearce-Higgins, University of Cambridge and British Trust of Ornithology How does climate change affect upland birds and implications for conservation responses
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
11.05.2021 Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, University of Cape Town
Organiser: Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen
18.05.2021 Dr. Robert Mcdonald, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington The promise and pitfalls of using nature to help cities adapt
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
25.05.2021 Prof. Sara Mitri, University of Lausanne
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
01.06.2021 Exam

Autumn Semester 2021
Date Speaker Title
21.09.2021 -
Organiser: Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz
28.09.2021 Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Hansen, University of Oslo
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. R. Matthey-Doret)
05.10.2021 Prof. Dr. Pilar Junier / Dr. Saskia Bindschedler, University of Neuchâtel
Organiser: Prof. Dr. M. Thakur
12.10.2021 -
19.10.2021 Prof. Dr. Nichola Raihani, UCL Department of Experimental Psychology
Organiser: Prof. Dr. E. Ringler
26.10.2021 -
02.11.2021 -
09.11.2021 -
16.11.2021 Dr. Nicolas Bierne, L'Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier
Organiser: Prof. Dr. C. Bank
23.11.2021 -
30.11.2021 -
07.12.2021 Assoc Prof Joah Madden, University of Exeter
Organiser: IEE junior staff (Dr. B. Szabo)
14.12.2021 -
21.12.2021 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.