EVEREST: Evolution and Ecology Research School Tübingen

The graduate programme EVEREST offers doctoral students interdisciplinary education in evolution and ecology. It promotes the scientific independence of participating students, facilitates the acquisition of key qualifications for research and career planning, and enhances networking options within and beyond Tübingen. Supervision by individual Thesis Advisory Committees (TAC) and evaluation by an External Advisory Board guarantee the quality of training within EVEREST.


Publication: Precision, not brute force in Neanderthals hand use

28 Sep 2018 ► Using a novel 3D method to precisely analyzing manual muscle attachments, EVEREST alumni Alexandros Karakostis and coworkers now  provide evidence of habitual precision grasping in Neanderthal hands bones (Science Advances). Rejecting the previous hypothesis that Neanderthal daily activities relied mainly on brute grip force, these findings agree with recent archaeological indications that indicate a more complex Neanderthal culture than held for long.

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.

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.

PhD defence: Maria Spyrou

25 Jul 2018 ► Maria Spyrou has successfully defended her PhD on the evolutionary history of plague as revealed through the analysis of ancient Yersinia pestis genomes (publications 1 and 2). Her work helps clarifying the origin and spread of the disease in ancient Eurasia, and demonstrates the low genetic diversity in the bacterium during Black Death outbreaks prior to its regional extinction. Congratulations!

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. Congratulations!


14 June 2018 ► More than 30 PhD students and faculty participated in this year's EVEREST BBQ on Tübingen castle's eastern Bastion.
A warm thank you to Alexandros Karakostis and his team for organizing this relaxed event, and Nick Conard for hosting us!

PhD defence: Alexander Peltzer has graduated

20 May 2018 ► EVEREST PhD student Alexander Peltzer successfully defended his PhD project in bioinformatics and palaeogenetics. Alexander developed novel computational methods for the analysis of ancient DNA, and co-authored an automated reconstruction software for genome sequence (EAGER) now successfully applied to challenging cases such as Egyptian mummies. Congratulations!