Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology Group

Our team is part of the Department of Animal Ecology & Tropical Biology and legacy of the former group headed by Prof. Hans Joachim Poethke at the field station in Fabrikschleichach.

We are fundamentally interest in the evolution of behavioural and life-history strategies in variable and unpredictable environments. A particular focus of interest is the evolution of „intelligent“ dispersal and movement strategies in variable environments and habitat gradients. Another area of activity is understanding the rules, mechanisms and evolutionary drivers uderlying the timing of behavioural activities and important transitions in solitary and social insects. Finally, we are investigating life-history evolution and host-parasite interactions in social insects.

Our group contributes to the teaching of our department with theory-orientated courses in population ecology, evolutionary modelling, and courses in statistics and we provide opportunities for undertaking Bachelor and Master theses.