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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

Dr. Steven Ramm

Dr. Steven Ramm

Principal Investigator

E-Mail
steven.ramm@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2719

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  • Personal details
  • Staff directory (PEVZ)
  • Junior research group leader of the project "Plasticity-guided evolution of the phenotype of a freshwater snail: From the epigenome to genetic modification" (Freigeist-Fellowship)

Dr. Denis Meuthen

Dr. Denis Meuthen

Principal Investigator

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

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. David W. Kikuchi

Dr. David W. Kikuchi

Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail
david.kikuchi@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2822

Dr. Nikolas Vellnow

Dr. Nikolas Vellnow

Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail
nikolas.vellnow@uni-​bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2820

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  • Personal details
  • Staff directory (PEVZ)
  • 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.

Jendrian Riedel

Jendrian Riedel

Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail
jendrian.riedel@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone
+49 521 106-2800

Dr. Athina Giannakara

Dr. Athina Giannakara

Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail
athina.giannakara@uni-bielefeld.de

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 shared traits in male and female crickets. Specifically, I will use experiments to (1) examine whether female choosiness and responsiveness are affected by perceived male population density; (2) study if population density affects female and male behaviour with respect to a shared trait such as sperm transfer during copulation, and whether both sexes can influence sperm transfer and storage.

Research Interests

  • Mate choice
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Shared traits
  • Open Science

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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)


Technician

Guests

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Dr. Lucía Mentesana

Guest Postdoctoral Scientist

Variation in environmental factors is particularly important for natural populations since it can have both direct and indirect (i.e., through maternal effects) impacts on individuals, thus affecting their fitness. I am interested in understanding how individuals cope with environmental changes by studying the interaction of glucocorticoids, oxidative stress and telomere dynamics in a wild population of great tits (Parus major). I use both observational and experimental methods to determine how environmental conditions affect the mother’s physiology, and how this condition affect offspring phenotype.  

Research Interests

  • Birds
  • Hormones
  • Eco-physiology

Dr. Ralf Jochmann

Email
ralf.jochmann@uni-bielefeld.de
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Navina Liebermann-Lilie

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. Antje Girdnt
  • Dr. Sepand Riyahi
  • Dr. Michael Weber
  • Dr. Lucienne Eweleit
    Fachhochschule Bielefeld
    Email: lucienne.eweleit@fh-bielefeld.de
  • Dr. Peter Trimmer
    University of Warwick, UK
    Email: Pete.Trimmer@warwick.ac.uk
  • Dr. Nicholas P. Moran
    Centre for Ocean Life and Section for Marine Living Resources, Denmark
    Email: npamo@aqua.dtu.dk
  • Dr. Rienk Fokkema
  • Dr. Yumi Nakadera
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Email: y.nakadera@vu.nl
  • Dr. Bahar Patlar
    University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Ségolène Humann-Guilleminot
  • Dr. Pablo Valverde
  • Dr. Alicia Jarrige
  • Dr. Matthias Galipaud
  • Dr. Shaghayegh Soudi
    University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Petra Dieker
    Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut,
    Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei
  • Dr. Holger Schielzeth
    Department of Population Ecology
    Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Anasuya Chakrabarty
    Department of Population Ecology
    Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Abhijeet Shah
    Department of Population Ecology
    Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Dr. Leif Engqvist
  • Dr. Ulrike Lampe
  • Dr. Nils Cordes
    Bielefeld University
    Programm "richtig einsteigen."
    Email: ncordes@uni-bielefeld.de
  • Dr. Alexandra Franzke
    TU Dortmund
  • Dr. Eva M. Buchkremer
  • Dr. Robert Jehle
    University of Salford
    Email: r.jehle@salford.ac.uk
  • Dr. Berit Ullrich
    Stiftung Charité
  • Dr. Kirsten Klappert
    Eawag
    Email: kirsten.klappert@cluttereawag.ch
  • Dr. Munjong Kolss
    Universität zu Köln
  • Dr. Birgen Holger Rothe
  • Dr. Hasan Sevgili
    Ordu University
    Email: hsevgili@yahoo.com
  • PD Dr. Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa
    Universität Hamburg
    Email: andreas.schmidt-rhaesa@uni-hamburg.de
  • Dr. Jan P. Wittmann

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