Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)


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Evolution and Ecology

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Welcome to EvE!

Research and teaching in EvE focus on how individuals, populations and communities interact and cope with environmental variability. We synergistically address a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies in evolutionary ecology, including plant and animal ecology, integrative botany and zoology, ecotoxicology, and conservation.

EvE news

Publication: Ancient DNA contamination varies with skeletal element type

26 Sep 2018 ► Ancient DNA fragements are increasingly used to reconstruct evolutionary history from excavated animal remains. A key step in these analyses is the validation of an ancient DNA origin, and an assessment of contamination with modern DNA. This collaborative work (Scientific Reports) of Paleogeneticists and Evolutionary Ecologists reveals how DNA content and bone fragment type affect contamination estimates.

Hilgendorf Lecture: Semester program 2018-19

25 Sep 2018 ► With the winter semester approaching, EVEREST again offers a series of high profile lectures with international guest speakers, this time with a focus on evolutionarly phenomena revealed by paleobiological and pleontological approaches. Dates, times and topics are all on the lecture series website.

Welcome: Neta Manela guest researcher in plant ecology

18 Sep 2018 ► We welcome Neta Manela, a guest PhD student form Ben Gurion University in Israel hosted by the Plant Ecology group under a Minvera grant. Neta will perform a common garden-experiment investigating the effect of smoke exposition on different ecomorphs of plant scpies from a steep climatic gradient.

Funding: PHION - New project on the pH-dependent toxicity of pollutants

14 Sep 2018 ► The cellular uptake and toxicity of ionizable substances strongly depends on their dissociation degree which, in turn, is pH-dependent. The present joint project of the Animal Physiological Ecology group with the University of Athens, funded by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) will systematically generate toxicity and accumulation data and aims at developing models that allow extrapolation of the toxicity of ionizable substances for different pH values.

Publication: Osteological basis for sexual size dimorphism SSD

10 Sep 2018 ► While SSD is typically studied on external morphology only, EVEREST PhD student Peter Pogoda established novel osteologcial methods based on high-resolution micro Computer Tomography to seek the origin of sexual dimorphism in a terrestrial salamander. His comprehensive multivariate analysis (J. Morphol.) may help us understand the evolution of male and female morphology in a phylogenetic context.

Conference: Registration open for Meeting StEvE 2018

10 Sep 2018 ► The yearly Meeting of Tübingen Students in Evolution and Ecology (Meeting StEvE) takes place on Friday 23 Nov 2018. Please browse the meeting website to find details on conference organisation and registration.

Publication: Structure of insect wing veins

07 Aug 2018 ► Paavo Bergmann et al. (Arthropod Struct Devel) study the microscopic structure of wing veins in shield bugs Graphosoma italicum. The work finds multi-layered tubes incorporating the dorsal and ventral cuticle of the wing and additional internal layers. Transitions between adjacent wing regions of divering mechanical properties are mediated by gradual changes in the degree of cuticle sclerotization, with the elastic protein resilin controling bending stiffness.

Conference: Registration open for Phylogenetic Symposium 2018

25 Jul 2018 ► This years "Phylogenetisches Symposium" will be hosted by Ingmar Werneburg (Senckenberg Center) and Oliver Betz (Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates) at the University of Tübingen. Registration is now open - please check the meeting website.

PhD Defence: Clara Nesongano

16 Jul 2018 ► Clara Nesongano of the Plant Ecology group has successfully defended her PhD project on effects of climate change, land-use and elevated CO2 on tree-grass interactions in southern African savannas.