Phenotypic Plasticity
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Publications of the research unit



Müller T, Müller C (in press); Phenotype of a leaf beetle larva depends on host plant quality and previous test experience. Behavioural Processes 142: 40-45

Müller T, Müller C (2017); Host plant effects on the behavioural phenotype of a Chrysomelid. Ecol Entomol 42: 336-344

Sangenstedt S, Jaljuli I, Sachser N, Kaiser S. (2017); Stress responsiveness and anxiety-like behavior: The early social environment differentially shapes stability over time in a small rodent. Horm Behav 90: 90-97

Siegeler K, Lewejohann L, Failing K, Sachser N, Kaiser S (2017); Start early! Does social instability during the pre- and early postnatal development prepare male wild cavies for social challenge late in life? Front Zool 14: 2

Zimmermann TD, Kaiser S, Hennessy MB, Sachser N (2017); Adaptive shaping of the behavioural and neuroendocrine phenotype during adolescence. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B

Brust V, Guenther A (2017); Stability of the guinea pigs personality - cognition - linkage over time. Behav Proc. 134, 4-11



Müller T, Müller C (2016a); Consequences of mating with siblings and non-siblings on the reproductive success in a leaf beetle. Ecol Evol 6: 3185-3197

Müller T, Müller C (2016b); Adult beetles compensate for poor larval conditions. J Insect Physiol 88: 24-32

Müller T, Küll CL, Müller C (2016); Effects of larval versus adult density conditions on reproduction and behaviour of a leaf beetle. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 70: 2081-2091

Hribal K, Guenther A, Rübensam K, Jewgenow K (2016); Blastocyst recovery and multifactorial gene expression analysis in the wild guinea pig (Cavia aperea). Theriogenology 86: 1299-1307

Finkemeier M-A, Guenther A, Trillmich F (2016); Match-mismatch experiments using photoperiod expose developmental plasticity of personality traits. Ethology 122: 80-93

Radwan J, Engqvist L, Reinhold K (2016); A paradox of genetic variance in epigamic traits: beyond "good genes" view of sexual selection. Evol Biol 43: 267-275

Engqvist L, Reinhold K (2016); Adaptive trans-generational phenotypic plasticity and the lack of an experimental control in reciprocal match/mismatch-experiments. Methods Ecol Evol 7 (Issue 12): 1482-1488

Rübensam K, Hribal K, Jewgenow K, Guenther A (2016); Seasonally reproductive investment in a medium sized rodent (Cavia aperea). Theriogenology 84: 639-644



Hennessy MB, Kaiser S, Tiedtke T, Sachser N (2015); Stability and change: Stress responses and the shaping of behavioral phenotypes over the life span. Front Zool, 12 (Suppl 1): S18

Ruploh T, Bischof HJ, von Engelhardt N (2015): Effects of social conditions during adolescence on courtship and aggressive behavior are not abolished by adult social experience. Dev Psychobiol

Müller T, Müller C (2015); Behavioural phenotypes over the lifetime of a holometabolous insect. Front Zool 12 (Suppl. 1): S8

von Engelhardt N, Kowalski GJ, Guenther A (2015); The maternal social environment shapes offspring growth, physiology and behavioural phenotype in guinea pigs. Front Zool 12 (Suppl 1): S13

Trillmich F, Guenther A, Mueller C, Reinhold K, Sachser N (2015); New perspectives in behavioural development: adaptive shaping of behaviour over a lifetime? Front Zool 12 (Suppl.1): S1

Schumann K, Guenther A, Göritz F, Jewgenow K (2015); Characterization of fetal growth by repeated ultrasound measurements in the wild guinea pig (Cavia aperea). Theriogenology 82: 490-494

Guenther A, Trillmich F (2015); Within-litter differences in personality and physiology relate to size differences among siblings in cavies. Physiol Behav 145: 22-28

Brust V, Guenther A (2015); Domestication effects on behavioural traits and learning performance: comparing wild cavies to guinea pigs. Anim Cogn 18: 99-109.

Brust V, Schindler PM, Lewejohann L (2015);  Lifetime development of behavioural phenotype in the house mouse (Mus musculus). Front Zool 12 (Suppl 1): S17

Hennessy MB, Kaiser S, Tiedtke T, Sachser N (2015);  Stability and change: Stress responses and the shaping of behavioral phenotypes over the life span. Front Zool12 (Suppl 1):S18

Kaiser S, Hennessy MB, Sachser N (2015); Domestication affects the structure, development and stability of biobehavioural profiles. Front Zool 12 (Suppl 1): S19

Kaiser S, Schwerdt B, Siegeler K, Sachser N (2015); Social instability during pregnancy and lactation alters female wild cavy offsprings’ endocrine status and behaviour later in life. Behaviour 152 (7-8): 837–859.

Engqvist L, Cordes N, Reinhold K (2015); Evolution of risk-taking during conspicuous mating displays. Evolution 69: 395–406

Cordes N, Albrecht F, Engqvist L, Schmoll T, Baier M, Müller C, Reinhold K (2015); Larval food composition affects courtship song and sperm expenditure in a lekking moth. Ecol  Entomol 40: 34–41



Ruploh T, Bischof, HJ, von Engelhardt N (2014); Social experience during adolescence influences how male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) group with conspecifics. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 68: 537-549

Guenther A, Brust V, Dersen M, Trillmich F (2014); Learning and personaliy types are related in cavies (Cavia aperea). J Comp Psychol 128, 74-81.

Baldauf SA, Engqvist L, Weissing FJ (2014); Diversifying evolution of competitiveness. Nature Communications 5:5233.

Zipser B, Schleking A; Kaiser S, Sachser N (2014); Effects of domestication on biobehavioural profiles: a comparison of domestic guinea pigs and wild cavies from early to late adolescence. Front Zool 11:30.

Guenther A, Kowalski G, Von Engelhardt N (2014); Prenatal social conditions shape offspring adult phenotype and reproductive success. Behav Ecol Sociobiol

Guenther A, Finkemeier M-A, Trillmich F (2014); The ontogeny of personality in the wild guinea pig. Anim Behav 90: 131-139

Gracceva G, Herde A, Groothuis TGG, Koolhaas JM, Eccard JA (2014);Turning shy on a winter's day: effects of season on personality and stress response in Microtus arvalis. Ethology 120: 1-15

Tremmel M, Müller C (2014); Diet dependent experience and physiological state shape the behavior of a generalist herbivore. Physiol Behav 139: 95-103

Cordes N, Engqvist L, Schmoll T, Reinhold K (2014); Sexual signaling under predation: attractive moths take the greater risks. Behav Ecol 25 (2): 409-414

Guenther A., Palme R., Dersen M., Kaiser S., & Trillmich F. (2014); Photoperiodic effects on reproductive development in male cavies (Cavia aperea). Physiol Behav 123: 142–147



Guenther A, Trillmich F (2013); Photoperiod influences the behavioural and physiological phenotype during ontogeny. Behav Ecol 24, 402-411

Herde A, Eccard JA (2013); Consistency in boldness, activity and exploration at different stages of life. BMC Ecology 13:49

Eccard JA, Herde A (2013); Seasonal variation in the behaviour of a short-lived rodent. BMC Ecology 13:4313

Guenther A, Brust V, Dersen M, Trillmich F(2013); Learning and personality types are related in cavies (Cavia aperea). J Comp Psychol

Zipser B, Kaiser S, Sachser N (2013); Dimensions of animal personalities in guinea pigs. Ethology

Siegeler K, Wistuba J, Damm OS, von Engelhardt N, Sachser N, Kaiser S (2013); Early social instability affects plasma testosterone during adolescence but does not alter reproductive capacity or  measures of stress later in life. Physiol Behav 120: 143-149

Freund J, Brandmaier AM, Lewejohann L, Kirste I, Kritzler M, Krüger A, Sachser N, Lindenberger U, Kempermann G (2013); Emergence of individuality in genetically identical mice. Science 340 (6133): 756-759

Tremmel M, Müller C (2013); The consequences of alternating diet on performance and food preferences of a specialist leaf beetle. J Insect Physiol 59: 840-847

Sachser N, Kaiser S, Hennessy M (2013); Behavioural profiles are shaped by social experience: When, how and why. Philos T Roy Soc B : 368 (1618)

Ruploh T, Bischof H-J, von Engelhardt N (2013); Adolescent social environment shapes sexual and aggressive behaviour of adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Behav Ecol Sociobiol 67: 175-184

Tremmel M, Müller C (2013); Insect personality depends on environmental conditions. Behav Ecol 24: 386-392

Cordes N, Schmoll T, Reinhold K (2013); Risk-taking behavior in the lesser wax moth: disentangling within- and between-individual variation. Behav Ecol Sociobiol: 67: 257-264



Guenther A, Trillmich F (2012); Photoperiod influences the behavioral and physiological phenotype during ontogeny. Behav Ecol 24(2): 402-411



Lewejohann L, Zipser B, Sachser N (2011); "Personality” in laboratory mice used for biomedical research: A way of understanding variability? Dev Psychobiol 53: 631-640

Trillmich F, Groothuis TGG (2011); Unfolding personalities; The importance of studying ontogeny. Dev Psychobiol 53: 641-655

Trillmich F, Hudson R (2011); The emergence of personality in animals; The need for a developmental approach. Dev Psychobiol 53: 505-509

Sachser N, Hennessy MB, Kaiser S (2011); Adaptive modulation of behavioural profiles by social stress during early phases of life and adolescence. Neurosci Biobehav R 35: 1518-1533

Lürzel S, Kaiser S, Sachser N (2011); Social interaction decreases stress responsiveness during adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrino 36(9): 1370-1377

Siegeler K, Sachser N, Kaiser S (2011); The social environment during pregnancy and lactation shapes the behavioural and hormonal profile of male offspring in wild cavies. Dev Psychobiol  53: 575-584

Lürzel S, Kaiser S, Krüger C, Sachser N (2011); Inhibiting influence of testosterone on stress responsiveness during adolescence. Horm Behav 60: 691-698



Sachser N, Kaiser S (2010); The social modulation of behavioural development. In: Animal behavior: Evolution and mechanisms (Kappeler P, ed), pp505-536. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag



Trillmich F, Mueller B, Kaiser S, Krause J (2009); Puberty in female cavies (Cavia aperea) is affected by photoperiod and social conditions. Physiol Behav 96, 476-480