• Animal Behaviour

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  • Animal Behaviour

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  • Animal Behaviour

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  • Animal Behaviour

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  • Animal Behaviour

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Team

Opportunities

-> Overview of all offered jobs and opportunities in our research group

© Universität Bielefeld

Our work group includes various projects and sub-groups. We have therefore built up our team page according to our subject areas; also to provide an overview of which people are involved in which projects.


Raptors & Owls

Oliver Krüger (Head of Project Group)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger

Telephone
+49 521 106-2842
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-2837
Room
VHF-371

Pricipal Investigator of Animal Behaviour

The unifying feature of my different research projects is life history strategy evolution, the way natural selection optimises the entire life of an organism. Differences between individuals and their life histories are evaluated by natural selection on the basis of fitness. Hence it is of paramount importance to measure fitness if we want to attach biological meaningfulness to animal behaviour. However, animal behaviour and life history strategies do not evolve in isolation. Individual behaviour is bound to have consequences at the population level and, conversely, populations set the stage for the evolution of life history strategies and animal behaviour. As a consequence, by studying life history strategies, my research is encompassed by a triangle of evolution, ecology and ethology. Only detailed knowledge of individual fitness allows one to decompose individual behavioural variation into components of genotypic and phenotypic quality, as well as environmental effects.


Jamie Winternitz

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. Jamie Winternitz

Telephone
+49 521 106-2824
Room
VHF-360

Kai Phillip Gladow

Research Interests

  • A

Kai Phillip Gladow


Katrin Lehmann

Technical Assistant

Katrin Lehmann

Telephone
+49 521 106-2818
Room
VHF-353

Martina Pauli

Research Interests

  • Molecular mechanisms of fitness
  • Evolution of behavioural strategies

More informations at my personal Website

Dr. Martina Pauli

SFB-Koordination

Telephone
+49 521 106-2732
Room
VHF-322a

Meinolf Ottensmann

Research Interests

  • A

Meinolf Ottensmann

Telephone
+49 521 106-2823
Room
VHF-373

Nayden Chakarov

Research Interests

Dr. Nayden Chakarov

Telephone
+49 521 106-2620
Room
VHF-373

Tony Rinaud

Research Interests

  • Defining local populations in birds of prey

Tony Rinaud

Telephone
+49 521 106-2823
Room
VHF-373


Molecular Behavioural Ecology

Joe Hoffman (Head of Project Group)

apl. Prof. Dr. Joseph Hoffman

Our research uses state of the art genomic approaches including high-throughput sequencing, transcriptomics, high density SNP arrays and whole genome resequencing to understand the genetic basis of fitness variation in and among natural populations. Our programme currently has two main thrusts: (i) using long-term, highly detailed, individual-based studies of wild vertebrate populations to understand the relationship between heterozygosity and fitness and how this feeds into mating systems; and (ii) combining genomics and transcriptomics with geographical, time series and experimental approaches to explore the genetic basis of adaptation to climate change in marine invertebrate populations. These two themes coincided in a recent Nature paper in which we could show that climate change has been increasingly selecting for heterozygosity in an Antarctic fur seal population.
 

For our new website, which includes details of our research projects, group member's pages and downloadable PDFs of all publications, please go to: The Hoffman group website

Research Interests

  • Population, evolutionary and conservation genetics
  • Behavioural ecology of pinnipeds
  • Relationship between heterozygosity and fitness
  • Population structure of Antarctic invertebrates

Opportunities

As I am currently building up a research group in Bielefeld, I would very much welcome applications from students or postdocs who would like to work with me. If you are interested in any of the research topics described above, or have your own ideas for related projects, please contact me (see sidebar-contact).


Abhijeet Shah

Research Interests

  • High-throughput sequencing

Abhijeet Shah

Intern and prospective PhD student


Anneke Paijmans

Research Interests

  • A

Anneke Paijmans

Telephone
+49 521 106-2192
Room
VHF-203a

David Vendrami

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. David Vendrami

Telephone
+49 521 106-2725
Room
VHF-204a

Hazel Nichols

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. Hazel Nichols

Telephone
+49 521 106-2819
Room
VHF-205

Rebecca Nagel

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. Rebecca Nagel

Telephone
+49 521 106-2192
Room
VHF-203a

Teddy Hoffman

"Research" Interests

  • Predator-prey interactions

Teddy Hoffman

Research associate


Toni Goßmann

Research Interests

  • A

Toni Goßmann

Telephone
+49 521 106-2734
Room
VHF-384

Alumni
  • Amy Knight

    Masters project student, heterozygosity and fitness in elephant seals

  • Anastasia Klimova

  • Athina Giannakara

    Masters module student, mother-offspring recognition in Antarctic fur seals

  • Emily Humble

  • Gabi Kowalski

  • Luke Eberhart-Phillips

  • Martin Stoffel

  • Philip Kohlmeier

    Undergraduate project student, olfactory kin recognition in birds

  • Shaw


Sea Lion Project Galápagos

Oliver Krüger (Head of Project Group)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger

Telephone
+49 521 106-2842
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-2837
Room
VHF-371

Pricipal Investigator of Animal Behaviour

The unifying feature of my different research projects is life history strategy evolution, the way natural selection optimises the entire life of an organism. Differences between individuals and their life histories are evaluated by natural selection on the basis of fitness. Hence it is of paramount importance to measure fitness if we want to attach biological meaningfulness to animal behaviour. However, animal behaviour and life history strategies do not evolve in isolation. Individual behaviour is bound to have consequences at the population level and, conversely, populations set the stage for the evolution of life history strategies and animal behaviour. As a consequence, by studying life history strategies, my research is encompassed by a triangle of evolution, ecology and ethology. Only detailed knowledge of individual fitness allows one to decompose individual behavioural variation into components of genotypic and phenotypic quality, as well as environmental effects.


Fritz Trillmich (Head of Project Group)

Prof.Dr. Fritz Trillmich

Telephone
+49 521 106-2706
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-2837
Room
VHF-221

We investigate life history- and reproductive strategies.

Sex, age at maturity, litter size, offspring size at birth and length of reproductive cycles count among important life history features. Reproduction represents one of the most important aspects in the life history of an individual and parental care represents one important component of fitness. One focus of our investigations concerns allocation decisions and trade-offs in parental care. As parental care is a valuable and limited resource, conflict about parental care is expected. Our investigations are carried out using guinea pigs, cavies and sea lions.

We focus on:

  • Plasticity of behaviour and physiology
  • Allocation decisions
  • costs of reproduction and brood care
  • parent-offspring conflicts
  • reproductive strategies of males and females
  • effects of an unpredictable environment (global warming) on population dynamics

Research Interests

  • Demography and reproductive strategy of sea lions
  • Parent-offspring conflict

Eugene De Rango

Research Interests

  • A

Eugene De Rango

Telephone
+49 521 106-2025
Room
VHF-204a

Jonas Schwarz

Research Interests

  • A

Jonas Schwarz

Telephone
+49 521 106-2725
Room
VHF-204

Kristine Meise

Research Interests

  • Galápagos sea lions:
    • Social network analysis
    • Acoustic communication
    • Mating strategies

Kristine Meise

Telephone
+49 521 106-2192
Room
VHF-203a


Host-Parasite Interactions

Nayden Chakarov (Head of Project Group)

Dr. Nayden Chakarov

I am an old-school bird-guy with a strongly developed taste for parasites. So far I've been  concentrating on avian malaria-like parasites, but expansion is likely. I also have a quite strong interest in long-lived birds and have achieved some intimacy with birds of prey. They also like getting under my skin.

My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of infection, host-parasite coexistence, resistance and tolerance. I combine diverse methods, ranging from behavioural observation to using individual-based data, long-term population and genomic analyses, richly garnished with loads of fieldwork. Ultimately, my research aims at understanding why some parasites are less deadly and damaging than their reputation suggests.

I am also quite fascinated by discrete phenotypic polymorphisms, e.g. plumage polymorphisms. These are still quite enigmatic in their genetic and selection underpinnings, but appear to be one of the major life-history determinants in some species (or maybe attractants to the researchers of those species). Discrete polymorphisms seem to much too often correlate with a bunch of other probably selected traits. I believe with a good amount of work there is a lot about life to be understood there. Not insignificantly, discrete polymorphisms seem to often correlate with infection-related traits, which bring together my field of interest.

Research Interests


Jamie Winternitz

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. Jamie Winternitz

Telephone
+49 521 106-2824
Room
VHF-360

Oliver Krüger

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger

Telephone
+49 521 106-2842
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-2837
Room
VHF-371

Tony Rinaud

Research Interests

  • A

Tony Rinaud

Telephone
+49 521 106-2823
Room
VHF-373


Causes for Individual Variation

Oliver Krüger (Head of Project Group)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger

Telephone
+49 521 106-2842
Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-2837
Room
VHF-371

Pricipal Investigator of Animal Behaviour

The unifying feature of my different research projects is life history strategy evolution, the way natural selection optimises the entire life of an organism. Differences between individuals and their life histories are evaluated by natural selection on the basis of fitness. Hence it is of paramount importance to measure fitness if we want to attach biological meaningfulness to animal behaviour. However, animal behaviour and life history strategies do not evolve in isolation. Individual behaviour is bound to have consequences at the population level and, conversely, populations set the stage for the evolution of life history strategies and animal behaviour. As a consequence, by studying life history strategies, my research is encompassed by a triangle of evolution, ecology and ethology. Only detailed knowledge of individual fitness allows one to decompose individual behavioural variation into components of genotypic and phenotypic quality, as well as environmental effects.


Peter Korsten (Head of Project Group)

I am a behavioural ecologist with a particular interest in quantitative and molecular genetics, mainly using wild bird populations as model systems. My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of mate choice and family life. In my research, I combine diverse methods, ranging from behavioural observation to using individual-based long-term population and pedigree data for quantitative genetic analyses. Ultimately, my research aims at understanding the causes for individual variation in behaviour and fitness.

Research Interests

  • Sexual selection, sex allocation and sexual conflict
  • Cooperation and conflict in parental care
  • The genetics of ‘animal personality’

Eike Tobias Krause

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. Eike Tobias Krause

Telephone secretary
+49 521 106-2837

Lisa Kalnins

Research Interests

  • A

Lisa Kalnins

Telephone
+49 521 106-2194
Room
VHF-394

Nadine Schubert

Research Interests

  • A

Nadine Schubert

Telephone
+49 521 106-2840
Room
VHF-283

Navina Lilie

Research Interests

  • A

Navina Lilie

Telephone
+49 521 106-2707
Room
VHF-274

Nina Kniel

Research Interests

  • A

Dr. Nina Kniel


Sabine Kraus

Research Interests

  • A

Sabine Kraus

Telephone
+49 521 106-2713
Room
VHF-359

Stephen Salazar

Research Interests

  • A

Stephen Salazar

Telephone
+49 521 106-2831
Room
VHF-353a


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