Lecture Series in Evolutionary Ecology and Behavioural Ecology

Seminar Location

In Spring 2021, we expect all seminars to be carried out via Zoom. A Zoom link is provided in ILIAS. If we can return to in-person teaching, seminars will be in Studer Auditorium, Baltzerstrasse 3

Seminar Schedule

Spring Semester only
Wednesday, 16:15, weekly

Protocol Instructions


BE = Behavioural Ecology
EE = Evolutionary Ecology
THEE = Theoretical Ecology and Evolution

Spring Semester 2021
Group Date Speaker Title
BE 24.02.21

Magda Teles

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência


Effects of early social environment on adult behavior in zebrafish

Supporting literature: Teles 1.pdf (PDF, 458KB)

BE 03.03.21 Dr. Basil El Jundi

University of Würzburg


The behavioral and neuronal mechanisms of spatial orientation in dung beetles and monarch butterflies

Supporting literature: El Jundi 1.pdf (PDF, 2.2 MB)

EE 10.03.21 Dr. Lionel Calvin

Muséum d'histoire naturelle (MHN) Genève


Are coelacanth fish "living fossils"?

Supporting literature: Cavin 1.pdf (PDF, 676KB), Cavin 2.pdf (PDF, 5.3 MB)

THEE 17.03.21 Dr. Oana Carja

Carnegie Mellon University


A general theory of evolutionary dynamics on any complex spatial structure

Supporting literature: Carja 1.pdf (PDF, 321KB)

BE 24.03.21 Prof. Renee Duckworth

University of Arizona


Origin of behavioral strategies: adaptive maternal effects and developmental channeling

Supporting literature: Duckworth 1.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB), Duckworth 2.pdf (PDF, 961KB)

THEE 31.03.21 Prof. Joshua Payne

ETH Zürich


Mutation bias and adaptive evolution

Supporting literature: Payne 1.pdf (PDF, 391KB), Payne 2.pdf (PDF, 435KB)

EE 14.04.21 Prof. Maren Wellenreuther

University of Auckland


Eco-evolutionary role of inversions in adaptation and diversification

Supporting literature: Wellenreuther 1.pdf (PDF, 2.2 MB), Wellenreuther 2.pdf (PDF, 2.1 MB)

EE 21.04.21 Prof. Beatriz Vicoso

Institute of Science and Technology, Austria


Sex chromosome evolution in schistosomes, a group of parasites with an unusual reproductive biology

Supporting literature: Vicoso 1.pdf (PDF, 486KB), Vicoso 2.pdf (PDF, 3.0 MB)

28.04.21 Dr. Matthias-Claudio Loretto

Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltensbiologie


Do ravens follow large carnivores?

Supporting literature: Loretto 1.pdf (PDF, 134KB), Loretto 2.pdf (PDF, 4.3 MB)

05.05.21 Prof. Anne-Florence Bitbol



Impact of population spatial structure on mutant fixation probabilities, from models on graphs to the gut

Supporting literature: Bitbol 1.pdf (PDF, 321KB), Bitbol 2.pdf (PDF, 1.0 MB)

EE 12.05.21 Dr. Johannes Larsch

Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie


The visual basis of social affiliation in zebrafish

Supporting literature: Larsch 1.pdf (PDF, 2.3 MB), Larsch 2.pdf (PDF, 3.5 MB)

BE 19.05.21 Dr. Alice Auersperg

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna


Tool use and manufacture in the Goffin's cockatoo

Supporting literature: Auersperg 1.pdf (PDF, 525KB), Auersperg 2.pdf (PDF, 3.8 MB)

EE 26.05.21 Prof. Rhonda Snook

Stockholm University


Sexual selection, sperm, and speciation

Supporting literature: Snook 1 (PDF, 149KB), Snook 2.pdf (PDF, 519KB), Snook 3.pdf (PDF, 3.0 MB)

EE 02.06.21 Dr. Araxi Urrutia

University of Bath/Natiional University of Mexico


Lifespan: genomics and evolution

Supporting literature: Urratia 1.pdf (PDF, 2.4 MB), Urratia 2.pdf (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Spring Semester 2020
Group Date Speaker Title
EE 19.02.20

Prof. Lila Fishman

University of Montana


Genomics of adaptation to an extreme environment: life history evolution in Yellowstone monkeyflowers

Supporting literature: Fishman 1.pdf (PDF, 440KB), Fishman 2.pdf (PDF, 1.8 MB), Fishman 3.pdf (PDF, 815KB)

BE 26.02.20 Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar

Indian Institute of Science


Direct Fitness Options for Workers in the Indian Paper Wasp, Ropalidia marginata

Supporting literature: Gadagkar 1 (PDF, 779KB), Gadagkar 2 (PDF, 756KB), Gadagkar 3 (PDF, 314KB)Gadagkar 4 (PDF, 909KB), Ropalidia marginata nest (JPG, 1.0 MB)

EE 04.03.20 Prof. Thomas Flatt

University of Freiburg


The genomic basis of adaptation along clines

Supporting literature: Flatt 1.pdf (PDF, 644KB), Flatt 2.pdf (PDF, 979KB)

BE 11.03.20 Prof. Redouan Bshary

University of Neuchâtel


What research on fish cognition may tell us about vertebrate brain evolution

Supporting literature: Bshary 1 (PDF, 438KB), Bshary 2 (PDF, 1.1 MB), Bshary 3 (PDF, 1.1 MB)

EE 18.03.20 Prof. Andres Bendesky

Columbia University


All animals are equal but some are more equal than others: genetics and neurobiology of social behavior evolution

Supporting literature: Bendesky 1.pdf (PDF, 6.2 MB)

BE 25.03.20 Prof. Jorg Massen

Utrecht University


Proximate and ultimate causes of cooperation in birds and primates

Supporting literature: Massen 1 (PDF, 451KB), Massen 2 (PDF, 862KB), Massen 3 (PDF, 634KB)

EE 01.04.20 Dr. Christelle Robert

University of Bern


Hijacking the plant defenses: a key to herbivore ecological success?

Supporting literature: Robert 1.pdf (PDF, 590KB), Robert 2.pdf (PDF, 2.5 MB), Robert 3.pdf (PDF, 714KB)

EE 08.04.20 Dr. Laura Ross

University of Edinburgh


Genomic exclusion: insect males that lose their fathers genes

Supporting literature: Ross 1.pdf (PDF, 1.0 MB), Ross 2.pdf (PDF, 6.4 MB)

22.04.20 Prof. Barbara Taborsky

University of Bern


Perception, learning and information use in cichlids

Supporting literature: Taborsky 1 (PDF, 634KB), Taborsky 2 (PDF, 319KB), Taborsky 3 (PDF, 234KB)


29.04.20 Prof. Eileen Lacey

University of California, Berkeley


Living Together: Adventures With Tucos, Tojos and Tokoros

Supporting literature: Lacey 1 (PDF, 335KB)Lacey 2 (PDF, 184KB)Lacey 3 (PDF, 618KB)

EE 06.05.20 Dr. Angela Stoeger

University of Vienna


Vocal communication in mammals: from production to function

Supporting literature: Stoeger 1.pdf (PDF, 2.0 MB), Stoeger 2.pdf (PDF, 439KB)

BE 13.05.20 Prof. Oliver Bosch

University of Regensburg


The social neuropeptide oxytocin: from bench to bedside

Supporting literature: Bosch 1 (PDF, 3.2 MB), Bosch 2 (PDF, 371KB), Bosch 3 (PDF, 983KB)

EE 20.05.20 Dr. Grey Monroe

Max Planck Institute Tuebingen


From satellites to sequences: uncovering the mechanisms of plant climate adaptation

Supporting literature: Monroe 1.pdf (PDF, 2.1 MB), Monroe 2.pdf (PDF, 2.8 MB)

BE 27.05.20 Prof. Carsten Schradin

Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, CNRS, University of Strassbourg


Mammalian social evolution

Supporting literature: Schradin 1 (PDF, 280KB)Schradin 2 (PDF, 1.0 MB)Schradin 3 (PDF, 582KB)

Fall Semester 2019
Group Date Speaker Title
BE 18.09.19

Dr. Anne-Sophie Darmaillacq

Université de Rennes


How to cope with environmental challenges without parental assistance: a smart Mollusc responds

Darmaillacq1 (PDF, 354KB), Darmaillacq2 (PDF, 1.3 MB), Darmaillacq3 (PDF, 102KB)

BE 25.09.19 Dr. Oyvind Overli

Norwegian Universiry of Life Sciences


Tracking trout personality traits: The interaction between social dominance and coping style in territorial fishes

Overli1 (PDF, 179KB), Overli2 (PDF, 255KB), Overli3 (PDF, 1.0 MB)

EE 02.10.19 Prof. Danika Bannasch

University of California, Davis


FGF4 retrocopies in dogs

Bannasch 1.pdf (PDF, 926KB), Bannasch 2.pdf (PDF, 1.0 MB)

EE 09.10.19 Prof. Pauline Jullien

University of Bern


DNA methylation dynamic during sexual reproduction

Jullien 1 (PDF, 1.9 MB), Jullien 2 (PDF, 462KB)

16.10.19 Dr. Audrey Dussutour

Université Paul Sabatier


Decision making and learning in non neural organisms - evidence from slime molds

Dussutour1 (PDF, 872KB), Dussutour2 (PDF, 1.1 MB), Dussutour3 (PDF, 749KB)

BE 23.10.19 Prof. Nico Michiels

University of Tübingen


Can small, bottom-dwelling fish detect cryptic predators by redirecting sunlight?

Michiels1 (PDF, 2.6 MB), Michiels2 (PDF, 3.6 MB), Michiels3 (PDF, 1.5 MB)

EE 30.10.19 PD Dr. Andrea Grill

University of Bern


How butterflies cross roads and find mates

Grill 1.pdf (PDF, 124KB), Grill 2.pdf (PDF, 488KB), Grill 3.pdf (PDF, 867KB)

EE 06.11.19 Prof. Michel Chapuisat

University of Lausanne


Ant social evolution, queen number, and supergenes

Chapuisat 1.pdf (PDF, 12.7 MB), Chapuisat 2.pdf (PDF, 756KB)

13.11.19 Dr. Chris Faulkes

Queen Mary University of London


African mole-rats -  ecology, eusociality and adaptations to life underground

Faulkes1 (PDF, 1.6 MB), Faulkes2 (PDF, 543KB)

20.11.19 Dr. Wolfgang Forstmeier

MPI for Ornithology


How research on mate choice in zebra finches reveals weaknesses in our scientific method

Forstmeier1 (PDF, 1.1 MB), Forstmeier2 (PDF, 664KB)

BE 27.11.19 Prof. Adrian Jaeggi

University of Zürich


The evolution of food sharing and reciprocity in humans and other primates

Jaeggi1 (PDF, 241KB), Jaeggi2 (PDF, 636KB), Jaeggi3 (PDF, 1.0 MB)

EE 04.12.19 Prof. Florian Schiestl

University of Zürich


Floral evolution driven by biotic interactions

Schiestl 1.pdf (PDF, 403KB), Schiestl 2.pdf (PDF, 616KB)

EE 11.12.19 Dr. Rudy Riesch

Royal Holloway University of London


Diversification along environmental gradients

Riesch 1 (PDF, 1.9 MB), Riesch 2 (PDF, 1.1 MB)

BE 18.12.19 Prof. Ben Hatchwell

University of Sheffield


The causes and fitness consequences of kin associations in a social bird

Hatchwell 1 (PDF, 650KB), Hatchwell 2 (PDF, 912KB)


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