Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

EvE Seminar

WHEN?  Tuesdays at 12:15     WHERE?  Lecture hall N2 + Zoom

The seminar is currently organised by Oliver Bossdorf and Madalin Parepa. Write us if you want to be added to the mailing list for annoucements, and follow us on!

P.S. If you like evolutionary biology, don't miss the Hilgendorf Lectures, our flagship event jointly organised with colleagues from the Geosciences! 

Summer 2022

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Date Host Seminar

26 April

Plant Ecol

Katja Tielbörger - Are plants intelligent? Learning and decision-making without a brain

17 May

Anim Evol Ecol

Jan Benda (Neurobiologie) - Secretly talking electric fish

24 May

Evol Biol Invertebr

Manuela Sann (Hohenheim) - Evolutionary history and feeding ecology in Apoidea (apoid wasps and bees)

31 May

Anim Physiol Ecol

Victoria Drechsel - Cadmium-induced molecular stress response in earthworms

7 June


Pentecost break

14 June

Plant Evol Ecol

Uta Grünert - Digitization and current research in the Tübingen Herbarium

21 June

Plant Ecol

Philip Schlüter (Hohenheim) - Pollination, genes and speciation: insights from deceptive orchids

28 June

Plant Evol Ecol

Guo Yaolin - Geographic variation in biotic interactions between invasive and native plants

5 July

Evol Biol Invertebr

Anita Roth-Nebelsick (SMNS Stuttgart) - Function, functional morphology and biomimetics - How relevant is biology for bio-inspired technics?

12 July

Anim Evol Ecol

Matteo Santon & Nils Anthes - Demonstrating a versatile R-routine to guide linear modelling

26 July Anim Physiol Ecol Thomas Knigge (Le Havre) - A crab is not a fish: Differences in endocrine systems and consequences for endocrine disruption by environmental chemicals in crustaceans

Guidelines for speakers

  • Please keep your presentation to around 35 minutes so that there is still some time for discussion.
  • Keep in mind that you have a rather broad audience, with a mix of students and more experienced reseachers, and people from different disciplines. Don't assume too much, explain terms, avoid specialized jargon.

Guidelines for hosts

  • Shortly introduce the speaker at the beginning of the seminar.
  • Encourage everybody, in particular students, to ask questions. In Zoom, questions can be indicated through "raised hands" or posed directly in the chat. Try to keep an overview and call people individually. If there are students and/or women with questions, give them priority. 
  • Particularly for external speakers: get in touch with them prior to the seminar, organise chats with students and postdocs (this can also be done in Zoom), and organise dinner (post-Covid19). Ask other EvE groups that may be interested to participate.

Past seminars

Winter 2021/22

Oct 19 - Vit Latzel (Prague) - How memory affects plant behavior

Nov 2 - Oliver Bossdorf - Plants gone wild

Nov 9 - Andreas Schweiger (Hohenheim) - Macrophysiology: Is it worth following Schimper‘s trail?

Nov 16 - Nico Michiels - Natural reward - a deterministic evolutionary force that drives macroevolution beyond natural selection?

Nov 23 - Klaus Harter (Tübingen) - The cyanobacterial herbicide 7dSh - from the molecular mechanism of action to prospects for application

Nov 30 - Yoko Matsumura (Greifswald) - The penetration mechanics of intromittent organs in insects

Dec 7 - Katharina Peschke - Gammarids as monitoring organisms for wastewater impact on streams and rivers

Dec 14 - Rolf Beutel (Jena) - The evolution of insect systematics - from Hennig to transcriptomes

Dec 21 - Franziska Bucher (Jena) - Plant adaptations to climate chage - how and why to shift phenology

Jan 11 - Dario Galanti - Genetic and environmental determinants of large-scale epigenetic variation in Thlaspi arvense

Jan 18 - Leonida Fusani (Wien) - The art of crossing seas and deserts: A Passerine perspective

Jan 25 - Anne Kempel (WSL Davos) - Plant-enemy interactions in a changing world

Feb 1 - Jinlong Wang - An evolutionary perspective on the shifting defense hypothesis in invasive plants

Feb 8 Johannes Kamp (Göttingen) - Farmland birds in Germany 1990-2018: population trends, landscape context and drivers of change

Summer 2021

Apr 27 - Zhijie Zhang (Konstanz) - Coexistence of alien and native plants

May 4 - Christoph Ratzke (CMFI Tübingen) - Ecological systems biology - Ecological theory meets microbial model systems

May 11 - Margarita Yavorskaya - Evolution of head structures in beetles with special emphasis on the feeding apparatus and miniaturized forms

May 18 - Nadja Simons (Darmstadt) - Drivers of insect decline in grasslands - Mechanisms and solutions

Jun 1 - Marzieh Safari - Plant-associated microbes and their impact on crop-environment interactions

Jun 8 - Heinz Köhler - Solar radiation stress in terrestrial snails - from thermodynamics to microevolution

Jun 15 - Alexey Polilov (Moscow) - The current state and future of the study of insect miniaturization

Jun 29 - Rafaella Canessa Mesías - Plant-soil interactions along the Chilean coastal range

Jul 6 - Bernd Pelster (Innsbruck) - Living in an acidic and often hypoxic environment - physiological adaptations of Amazonian fishes

Jul 13 - Robert Rauschkolb - Back to the Future - Seed banks as a tool to investigate recent adaptation to global change

Jul 20 - Wolfgang Fiedler (MPI Radolfzell) - Movements of southwest German Red Kites: tracking a "politically relevant" raptor

Jul 27 - Andreas Nieder (Neurobiologie Tübingen) - Number crunching in animals – from adaptive value to neuronal mechanisms

Winter 2020/21

Nov 3 - Uta Grünert - Multi-strain responses of calcifying algae to lake carbon dynamics

Nov 10 - Oliver Betz - Linking insect functional morphology to ecology, evolution and biomimetics

Nov 17 - Holger Schielzeth (Jena) - Evolutionary ecology of a widespread green-brown polymorphism in grasshoppers

Nov 24 - Isolde van Riemsdijk - Searching for moving hybrid zones in amphibian species with big genomes

Dec 1 - Göran Bengtsson (Lund) - "So soll es sein, so wird es sein" - on the scientific support for the odd interaction between Sweden and the Corona virus

Dec 22 - Ramona Irimia - Plant performance traits and invasion - a global field survey of Japanese knotweed

Jan 19 - Anke Stepphuhn (Hohenheim) - The many layers of defence against herbivores in solanaceous plants

Jan 26 - Robert Junker (Marburg ) - The emergence and functionality of multidiversity in alpine succession

Feb 2 - Jake Soscha (Virgina Tech) - Organismal biomechanics & bioinspired engineering

Feb 9 - Mona Schweizer - Why pH is crucial - Toxicity assessment and modelling approahc of ionisable substances using the Fish Embryo Test (FET)

Feb 16 - Leonie Fischer (Stuttgart) - Urban nature: where people and biodiversity meet

Feb 23 - Christian Voolstra (Konstanz) - The metaorganism frontier - we are not alone

Summer 2020

Apr 14 - Sara Tomiolo - Fight, flight or encroach: how do abiotic stress and biotic interactions affect plant growth and behaviour?

May 12 - Philip Steinhof (Greifswald) - Lifestyle matters: Functional role and plasticity of brain areas in spiders

May 19 - Sara Heshmati - Effect of white clover and perennial ryegrass population on the productivity and yield stability of grass-clover and grass-clover-forb mixtures

Jun 23 - Gesche Blume-Werry (Greifswald) - Invasive earthworms unlock plant nitrogen limitation in arctic tundra

Jun 30 - Nils Anthes - Evidence-based conservation approaches for farmland birds

Jul 7 - Catherine Peichel (Bern) - Genetics of adaptation in sticklebacks

Jul 14 - Oliver Bossdorf - Understanding the secret microbes in plants: effects of a common endophytic fungus on invasive knotweed and its native competitors

Jul 21 - Joscha Beninde (UCLA) - Connectivity and gene flow in urban areas

Winter 2019/20

Oct 22 - Christina Richards - Using genomics approaches to understand mechanisms of response to complex environmental conditions in non-model plants

Oct 29 - Nico Michiels - Do small fish use subtle illumination tricks to detect cryptic predators?

Nov 5 - Jiri Dolezal (Czech Academy of Sciences) - Cold climate plants in a warmer world: 20 years of research in W Himalayas

Nov 26 - Maximiliane Herberich - The emergence of plant community dynamics and functional traits in response to the hydrological regime

Dec 10 - Pieter De Frenne (Ghent) - Microclimatic buffering below forest canopies

Jan 14 - Trishna Dutta (Göttingen) - Carnivore ecology, connectivity, and conservation in a fragmented world

Jan 28 - Anton Morath - The meaning of torsion for a snail's body plan - textbook misconceptions

Feb 4 - Sebastian Büsse (Kiel) - Hunting with catapults: the predatory strike of the dragonfly larva