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Team

Head of department

Prof. Dr. Klaus Reinhold

Prof. Dr. Klaus Reinhold

E-Mail
klaus.reinhold@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2721

Scientists

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Dr. Denis Meuthen

Dr. Denis Meuthen

Principal Investigator

E-Mail
denis.meuthen@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2820

Dr. Maria Moiron

Dr. Maria Moiron

Principal Investigator

E-Mail
maria.moiron@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2719
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Dr. Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar

Dr. Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar

Principal Investigator

E-Mail
alfredo.sanchez-tojar@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2727

Dr. Tim Schmoll

Dr. Tim Schmoll

Principal Investigator

E-Mail
tim.schmoll@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2720

Dr. Mirjam Borger

Dr. Mirjam Borger

Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail
mirjam.borger@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2822

Dr. Júlio Segovia

Dr. Júlio Segovia

Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail
julio.segovia@uni-bielefeld.de

PhD-students

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Shreya Dimri

PhD student

Email
shreya.dimri@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2729

In my project, I make use of evidence synthesis (systematic review & meta-analysis) to understand phenotypic variation within and between species. My project is part of the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centre SFB-TRR 212 (more information here).

Research Interests

  • Evidence synthesis
  • Reaction norms
  • Phenotypic variation
  • Open Science
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Tuba Rizvi

PhD student

Email
tuba.rizvi@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2729

In my project, I aim to understand the effect of density on mating traits using tropical crickets (Gryllodes sigillatus). Specifically, I am using experiments to (1) examine whether female mating preferences are affected by perceived population density; (2) study whether density has an effect on sperm transfer dynamics; and (3) examine the plasticity in mate guarding behaviour shown by males. Furthermore, I am conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine whether males or females have evolved a predominant control over the outcome of shared mating traits. My project is funded by the DAAD Doctoral Programme.

Research Interests

  • Behavioural plasticity
  • Mate choice
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Open Science
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Nhamo Mutingwende

PhD student

Email
nhamo.mutingwende@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2820

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Research Interests

  • Phenotypic plasticity
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Dominik Perisa

PhD student

Email
dominik.perisa.bio@gmail.com

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Research Interests

  • Phenotypic plasticity
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Michael Haneke-Reinders

Email
michael.reinders@uni-bielefeld.de

Sexual selection, or nonrandom mating, is an important factor for evolution. In most animal species, females choose the mating partners (female choice) with the help of different criteria. However, mating with multiple males may lead to other selection processes inside the female body. Among the most widely-spread processes of such kind are sperm competition and cryptic female choice. Cryptic female choice means the ability of females to decide which sperm (for example, of male A, B or C) will be preferentially used to fertilize the eggs. In my project, I investigate cryptic female choice in the field grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus using different mating experiments and genetic analyses of offspring. The main focus lies on the possible influence of male attractiveness and the influence of  relatedness between males and females.

Research Interests

  • Sexual selection
  • Vryptic female choice
  • Population genetics
  • Different modes of reproduction in animals (e.g. parthenogenesis)

Technicians

Guests

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Dr. Nikolas Vellnow

Guest Postdoctoral Scientist

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Research Interests

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Dr. Jendrian Riedel

Guest Postdoctoral Scientist

I am broadly interested in the evolution and adaptation of animals, particularly reptiles, in different ecological contexts. My research investigates the evolution of morphological traits, as adaptations to microhabitats or ecological niches. I am particularly interested in locomotor morphology and in reptile skin microornamentation.

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Dr. Ralf Jochmann

Email
ralf.jochmann@uni-bielefeld.de

PhD thesis: Impact of the antidepressant’s sertraline and citalopram on the cosmopolitan freshwater snail Physella acuta: reproductive factors, behavior, and oxidative stress

Co-supervisor: Dr. Denis Meuthen

Research Interests

  • Phenotypic plasticity
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Navina Liebermann-Lilie

Doktorandin Teilprojekt B04

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

The question of my research project regards to adaptive conformance to social niches and its proximate mechanisms. Although Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) are known to be monogamous and conduct bipaternal care, extra-pair copulation occurs occasionally. Hence, male individuals face a trade-off securing fertilisations versus parental investment in response to the extent of sexual competition. In our project, we want to investigate how individual variation in sexual competition generates individual variation, and covariation, in both competitive traits and parenting behaviour. Therefore, I use an experimental setup consisting two conditions that vary in sperm competition risk (SCR), i.e. the presence/absence of an ejaculate rival. For my project, I investigate the plasticity of the behavioural phenotype in pre-and postcopulatory competitiveness and male parental care in response to SCR by using behavioural observations as well as endocrinological measurements (subproject A). This work is strongly connected to subproject B, which evaluates ejaculate traits and transcriptomic mechanisms in the model system.

Research Interests

  • Sexual selection
  • Social niche conformance
  • Phenotypic adjustment
  • Sexual competition
  • Male parental care
  • Dr. Lucia Mentesana is an Assistant Professor at Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay 
  • Dr. Athina Giannakara
  • Dr. Lukas Eigentler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick
  • Dr. Steve Ramm is a Junior Professor at the University of Rennes
  • Dr. David Kikuchi is an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University
  • Dr. Antje Girdnt is a Project Manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Dr. Sepand Riyahi is at the University of Vienna
  • Dr. Michael Weber
  • Dr. Lucienne Eweleit is at Fachhochschule Bielefeld
  • Dr. Peter Trimmer is at the University of Warwick
  • Dr. Nicholas P. Moran is at the Centre for Ocean Life and Section for Marine Living Resources
  • Dr. Rienk Fokkema
  • Dr. Yumi Nakadera is at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Dr. Bahar Patlar is at University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Ségolène Humann-Guilleminot is at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
  • Dr. Pablo Valverde
  • Dr. Alicia Jarrige
  • Dr. Matthias Galipaud is at the Swiss Data Science Center
  • Dr. Shaghayegh Soudi is at Stanford University, Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Petra Dieker is at Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei
  • Prof. Dr. Holger Schielzeth is at the Department of Population Ecology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Anasuya Chakrabarty is at the Department of Population Ecology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Abhijeet Shah is at the University of Hohenheim
  • Dr. Leif Engqvist
  • Dr. Ulrike Lampe
  • Dr. Nils Cordes is part of the Programm "richtig einsteigen" at Bielefeld University
  • Dr. Alexandra Franzke is at TU Dortmund
  • Dr. Eva M. Buchkremer
  • Dr. Robert Jehle is at the University of Salford
  • Dr. Berit Ullrich is at Stiftung Charité
  • Dr. Kirsten Klappert is at Eawag
  • Dr. Munjong Kolss is at Universität zu Köln
  • Dr. Birgen Holger Rothe is at Schröter Technology
  • Prof. Dr. Hasan Sevgili is at Ordu University
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa is at LIB Hamburg
  • Dr. Jan P. Wittmann

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