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  • Evolutionary Biology

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Research topics & objectives

Our research interests encompass a wide and diverse array of overlapping topics and approaches, but a unifying theme running through the department is the study of behavioural traits important in pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection.

We study the evolution of these often sex-specific traits with a combination of theoretical, experimental and meta-analytical approaches. For the empirical studies we conduct field and lab experiments, using insects, birds and flatworms as model species. Advanced statistical methods and evidence synthesis complement our research program, which strives to detect and test general concepts in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.


Open positions

We will likely soon offer a 3-year PhD position to work on evidence synthesis (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) in evolutionary ecology, with the main aim of testing key hypotheses for explaining behavioural variation within and across species. The 3-year PhD position is subject to a funding proposal's (likely) positive evaluation. We are seaking for potential candidates willing to take on a 6-month bridge scholarship starting in September/October, and that should (funding allowed) lead to the 3-year PhD position. For more information about this, contact Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar (

In addition, we invite any prospective PhD or Postdoc researchers interested in working at the Department of Evolutionary Biology to get in touch with us to discuss funding opportunities.

Upcoming Seminars


Next seminar will take place on the 15th June at 16:15.

Ricardo Pereira (Munich) will talk about:

"Historical isolation facilitates species radiation by sexual selection: Insights from Chorthippus grasshoppers"


Next seminar will take place on the 16th June at 12:15.

Erich Bornberg-Bauer () will talk about:

"The emergence of de novo protein coding genes from non-coding DNA, a new paradigm of genomic innovations"

All interested are welcome! Get in touch for a link to the online view.

Recent publications

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