Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

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.


Defence: Anna Kirschbaum

1 Apr 2021 ► Anna Kirschbaum, EVEREST student in Plant Evolutionary Ecology, has now successfully defended her PhD project on the "evolution of plant phenotypic plasticity in response to grassland management". During her PhD project, Anna was supervised by Dr. Niek Scheepens (now a professor at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt a. M.). The first paper that was generated from her work has now been issued in the Journal of Plant Ecology.


Defence: Julia Geue

18 Dec 2020 ► Julia Geue, EVEREST student in Comparative Zoology, has now successfully defended her PhD project. Julia has investigated Landscape Genomics as a tool in conservation prioritization. Her work generated several publications, including papers in Wiley's Ecology and Evolution.


Defence: Chris Baumann

24 Nov 2020 ► Chris Baumann, EVEREST student in Zooarcheology, has now successfully defended his PhD project. Chris has used stable isotope analyses and archeological tools to investigate the foraging ecology and interactions with humans of paleolithic red and arctic foxes in southwestern Germany. His work generated several publications, including papers in PLoS One, Archeol. and Anthropol. Sci., and Quaternary Science Reviews.


Conference: Meeting StEvE 2020 went online

24 Nov 2020 ► For the first time, the Tübingen Meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology (Meeting StEvE) has now been held as an entirely web-based remote conference. More than 100 students and faculty from Tübingen and beyond joined an exciting opening lecture by Mark Moore. He illustrated how inferences from stone-flaking experiments on the cognitive abilities of early humans may suffer from biased assumptions. Participants then engaged in lively discussions with 15 EVEREST students, who gave stimulating oral or poster presentations about their current PhD projects. Prizes for the best poster went to Frank Reis (microbiome ecology), and for the best talks to Julia Geue (surrogacy in conservation prioritization), Franziska Koch (stability rules for species networks), and Sophie Habinger (paleoecology of pongin primates).

The PhD students in Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology have made this a highly professional event! Thanks to William Snyder, Eleonora Gargani, Li Li, Diana Marcazzan, Alba Motes Rodrigo, and Jordy Orellana Figueroa.

12 Years of Hilgendorf Lecture

14 Oct 2020 Stimulated by its 10th anniversary in 2018, Ingmar Werneburg has now compiled a brief overview of the goals and history of the Hilgendorf Lecture series. The text has been published in the newsletter of the German Society for Biological Systematics (GfBS)

Defence: Alba Motes Rodrigo

08 Jul 2020 ► Alba Motes Rodrigo, EVEREST student in the ERC Stonecult project (Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology group), has now successfully defended her PhD project. Alba investigated tool use in great apes using novel experimental approaches, to derive information about the evolution of early hominin technology and cognition. Her work resulted in several publications, including papers in PLoS One and Biology Letters.

Defence: Gillian Wong

17 Jun 2020 ► Gillian Wong, EVEREST student in zooarchaeology (Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology group), has now defended online her work on human paleoecology during the Magdalenian in the Swabian Jura of southwestern Germany. Her research has generated several publications, including a paper in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.