Lecture Series in Evolutionary Ecology and Behavioural Ecology

Seminar Location

Fall Semester: Haller Auditorium, Baltzerstrasse 1
Spring Semester: Studer Auditorium, Baltzerstrasse 3

Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, 16:15, weekly

Protocol Instructions


BE = Behavioural Ecology Lab
EE = Evolutionary Ecology Lab

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


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


Spring Semester 2019
Group Date Speaker Title
BE 20.02.19

Dr. Josh Van Buskirk

University of Zürich


Adaptation and maladaptation on an elevational gradient
EE 27.02.19 Dr. Matthew Barbour

University of Zürich


From genes to food webs and back again

Supporting literature: Barbour 1.pdf (PDF, 1.3 MB), Barbour 2.pdf (PDF, 4.0 MB)

EE 06.03.19 Dr. Dan Jeffries

University of Lausanne


Rapid, non random transitions among the sex chromosomes of true frogs

Supporting literature: Jeffries 1.pdf (PDF, 118KB), Jeffries 2.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB), Jeffries 3.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB)

BE 13.03.19 Dr. François-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont

University of Dijon


Compatibility and emotional bound between partners in a monogamous fish species

Supporting literature: Dechaume-Moncharmont_1 (PDF, 501KB); Dechaume-Moncharmont_2 (PDF, 402KB)

BE 20.03.19 Prof. Claus Wedekind

University of Lausanne


MHC-dependent reproductive strategies in horses (and humans)

Supporting literature: Wedekind_1 (PDF, 762KB), Wedekind_2 (PDF, 676KB), Wedekind_3 (PDF, 1.4 MB)

EE 27.03.19 Prof. Andrew MacColl

University of Nottingham


Intra- and intercontinental adaptation in radiations of three-spined stickleback
EE 03.04.19 Dr. Brian Hollis

University of Lausanne


Sexual selection and sexual conflict in experimentally-evolving populations of Drosophila melanogaster

Supporting literature: Hollis 1.pdf (PDF, 267KB), Hollis 2.pdf (PDF, 888KB)

BE 10.04.19 Dr. Matt Josephson

University of Bern


Understanding genetics of adaptation using genome engineering in stickleback

Supporting literature: Doudna Charpentier.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB), Bono et al.pdf (PDF, 973KB)

17.04.19 Prof. Judith Korb

University of Freiburg


How and why do termite queens live so long?

Supporting literature: Korb 1.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB), Korb 2.pdf (PDF, 348KB), Korb 3.pdf (PDF, 860KB)


01.05.19 Prof. Ton Groothuis

University of Groningen


Hormone mediated parental effects; the neglected role of the male and embryo

Supporting literature: Groothuis et al (PDF, 327KB) Kumar et al (PDF, 634KB)

BE 08.05.19 Dr. Bram Kuijper

University of Exeter


Plasticity and parental effects in coevolving populations

Supporting literature: Kuijper_1 (PDF, 359KB)

EE 15.05.19 Prof. Trisha Wittkopp

University of Michigan


Development and evolution of Drosophila pigmentation

Supporting literature: Wittkopp 1.pdf (PDF, 7.9 MB), Wittkopp 2.pdf (PDF, 487KB)

EE 22.05.19 Dr. Alex Suh

Uppsala University


Evolution and sex-specific and tissue-specific chromosomes in birds

Supporting literature: Suh 1.pdf (PDF, 592KB), Suh 2.pdf (PDF, 2.2 MB)

BE 29.05.19 Prof. Sonia Kleindorfer

University of Vienna


Vocal performance in birds shaped by in-nest experience

 Supporting literature: Kleindorfer et al (PDF, 496KB) Colombelli-Negrel 1 (PDF, 770KB) Colombelli-Negrel 2.pdf (PDF, 284KB)


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