Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
IMPRS Coordinator
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Assistant to the Coordinator
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Student Publications

List of scientific publications orginated from IMPRS for Organismal Biology PhD theses


Afify A, Galizia CG. 2015. Chemosensory Cues for Mosquito Oviposition Site Selection. J. Med. Entomol. 1–11, DOI: 10.1093/jme/tju024. full article

Araya-Ajoy YG, Mathot KJ and Dingemanse NJ. 2015. An approach to estimate short-term, long-term, and reaction norm repeatability. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12430 abstract

Bulla M, Stich E, Valcu M, Kempenaers B. 2015. Off-nest behaviour in a biparentally incubating shorebird varies with sex, time of a day and weather. Ibis. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12276. abstract

Da Silva A, Valcu M and Kempenaers B. 2015. Light pollution alters the phenology of dawn and dusk singing in common European songbirds. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 370(1667). Full article

De Jong M, Ouyang JQ, Da Silva A, Van Grunsven RHA, Kempenaers B, Visser ME and Spoelstra K. 2015. Effects of nocturnal illumination on life-history decisions and fitness in two wild songbird species. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 370(1667). Full article

Dingemanse NJ and Araya-Ajoy YG. 2015. Interacting personalities: behavioural ecology meets quantitative genetics. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. DOI: abstract

Goymann W, Villavicencio CP and Apfelbeck B. 2015. Does a short-term increase in testosterone affect the intensity or persistence of territorial aggression? — An approach using an individual's hormonal reactive scope to study hormonal effects on behavior. Physiology & Behavior. 149(0): 310-316. full article

Greives TJ, Kingma SA, Kranstauber B, Mortega K, Wikelski M, Van Oers K, Mateman AC, Ferguson GA, Beltrami G and Hau M. 2015. Costs of sleeping in: circadian rhythms influence cuckoldry risk in a songbird. Functional Ecology. abstract

Ihle M, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W. 2015. Fitness Benefits of Mate Choice for Compatibility in a Socially Monogamous Species. PLoS Biol. 13(9), S. e1002248. full article

Knief U, Hemmrich-Stanisak G, Wittig M, Franke A, Griffith SC, Kempenaers B and Forstmeier W. 2015. Quantifying realized inbreeding in wild and captive animal populations. Heredity. 114(4): 397-403. full article

Knief U, Schielzeth H, Ellegren H, Kempenaers B and Forstmeier W. 2015. A prezygotic transmission distorter acting equally in female and male zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata. Molecular Ecology. 24(15): 3846-3859. full article

Kratochwil CF, Sefton MM and Meyer A. 2015. Embryonic and larval development in the Midas cichlid fish species flock (Amphilophus spp.): a new evo-devo model for the investigation of adaptive novelties and species differences. BMC Developmental Biology 2015, 15:12  doi:10.1186/s12861-015-0061-1. Kratochwil CF and Sefton MM contributed equally to this work. abstract

Luo J, Siemers BM and Koselj K. 2015. How anthropogenic noise affects foraging. Global Change Biology. abstract

Machado-Schiaffino G, Kautt AF, Kusche H, Meyer A. 2015.Parallel evolution in Ugandan crater lakes: repeated evolution of limnetic body shapes in haplochromine cichlid fish. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15:9  doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0287-3. abstract

Nagel M and Kleineidam CJ. 2015. Two cold-sensitive neurons within one sensillum code for different parameters of the thermal environment in the ant Camponotus rufipes. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 9. abstract

Nicolaus M, Marion M, Kimberley J, Araya-Ajoy YG, Mutzel A, Wijmenga JJ, Kempenaers B, Dingemanse NJ. 2015. Does coping style predict optimization? An experimental test in a wild passerine bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 282(1799). abstract

Niemelä PT and Santostefano F. 2015. Social carry-over effects on non-social behavioral variation: mechanisms and consequences. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 3. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00049. abstract

Pokharel K, Yohannes E, Salvarina I and Storch I. 2015. Isotopic evidence for dietary niche overlap between barking deer and four-horned antelope in Nepal. Journal of Biological Research-Thessaloniki. 22(1): 6. abstract

Quispe R, Trappschuh M, Gahr M and Goymann W. 2015. Towards more physiological manipulations of hormones in field studies: Comparing the release dynamics of three kinds of testosterone implants, silastic tubing, time-release pellets and beeswax. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 212: 100-105. full article

Sih A, Mathot KJ, Moirón M, Montiglio P-O, Wolf M, Dingemanse NJ. 2015. Animal personality and state–behaviour feedbacks: a review and guide for empiricists. Trends Ecol. Evol. 30(1):50-60 doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.11.004 abstract

Stuber EF, Dingemanse NJ, Kempenaers B and Mueller JC. 2015. Sources of intraspecific variation in sleep behaviour of wild great tits. Animal Behaviour. 106(0): 201-221. full article

Stuber EF, Mathot KJ, Kempenaers B, Dingemanse NJ and Mueller JC. 2015. Sex-specific association between sleep and basal metabolic rate in great tits. Animal Behaviour. 109: 15-22. full article

Van Schaik J, Janssen R, Bosch T, Haarsma A-J, Dekker JJA and Kranstauber B. 2015. Bats Swarm Where They Hibernate: Compositional Similarity between Autumn Swarming and Winter Hibernation Assemblages at Five Underground Sites. Plos One. 10(7): e0130850. full article

Wehmann HN, Gustav D, Kirkerud NH, Galizia CG. 2015. The Sound and the Fury—Bees Hiss when Expecting Danger. Plos One 10(3): e0118708. full article


Afify A & Galizia C. 2014. Gravid females of the mosquito Aedes aegypti avoid oviposition on m-cresol in the presence of the deterrent isomer p-cresol. Parasites & Vectors 7(1): 315. full article

Afify A, Horlacher B, Roller J, Galizia CG. 2014. Different Repellents for Aedes aegypti against Blood-Feeding and Oviposition. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103765. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103765. full article

Araya-Ajoy YG & Dingemanse NJ. 2014. Characterizing behavioural 'characters': an evolutionary framework. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 281(1776) 20132645. abstract

Awkerman JA, Cruz S, Proaño C, Huyvaert KP, Uzcátegui GJ, Baquero A, Wikelski M, Anderson DJ. 2014. Small range and distinct distribution in a satellite breeding colony of the critically endangered Waved Albatross. J Ornithol 155(2): 367-378. DOI 10.1007/s10336-013-1013-9. full text

Beckers GJL, van der Meij J, Lesku JA, Rattenborg NC. 2014. Plumes of neuronal activity propagate in three dimensions through the nuclear avian brain. BMC Biology, 12:16, doi:10.1186/1741-7007-12-16. abstract

Bulla M, Cresswell W, Rutten AL, Valcu M, Kempenaers B. 2014. Biparental incubation-scheduling: no experimental evidence for major energetic constraints. Behavioral Ecology. doi: 10.1093/beheco/aru156. full article

Bulla M, Valcu M, Rutten AL, Kempenaers, B. 2014. Biparental incubation patterns in a high-Arctic breeding shorebird: how do pairs divide their duties? Behavioral Ecology 25(1): 152-164. full article

Clarin TMA, Borissov I, Page RA, Ratcliffe JM, Siemers BM. 2014. Social learning within and across species: information transfer in mouse-eared bats. Canadian Journal of Zoology: 129-139. Full text

Da Silva A, Samplonius JM, Schlicht E, Valcu M, Kempenaers B. 2014. Artificial night lighting rather than traffic noise affects the daily timing of dawn and dusk singing in common European songbirds. Behavioral Ecology. doi: 10.1093/beheco/aru103 Full article

Dominoni D, Carmona-Wagner EO, Hofmann M, Kranstauber B, Partecke J. 2014. Individual-based measurements of light intensity provide new insights into the effects of artificial light at night on daily rhythms of urban-dwelling songbirds. Journal of Animal Ecology 83(3): 681-692. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12150 full text

Dominoni DM, Quetting M, Partecke J. 2014. Long-Term Effects of Chronic Light Pollution on Seasonal Functions of European Blackbirds (Turdus merula). PLoS ONE 8(12): e85069. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085069. full article

Elmer KR, Fan S, Kusche H, Spreitzer ML, Kautt AF, Franchini P, Meyer A. 2014. Parallel evolution of Nicaraguan crater lake cichlid fishes via non-parallel routes. Nature Communications 5, doi:10.1038/ncomms6168. abstract

Feiner N, Meyer A, Kuraku S. 2014. Evolution of the vertebrate Pax4/6 class of genes with focus on its novel member, the Pax10 gene. Genome Biology and Evolution 6: 1635-1651. full article

Franchini P, Fruciano C, Spreitzer ML, Jones JC, Elmer KR, Henning F, Meyer A. 2014. Genomic architecture of ecologically divergent body shape in a pair of sympatric crater lake cichlid fishes. Molecular Ecology 23: 1828–1845. full article

Galili DS, Dylla KV, Lüdke A, Friedrich AB, Yamagata N, Wong JYH, Ho CH, Szyszka P, Tanimoto H. 2014. Converging Circuits Mediate Temperature and Shock Aversive Olfactory Conditioning in Drosophila. Current Biology. 24(15): 1712-1722. abstract

Gehrold A. 2014. Species-specific habitat use of wing-moulting waterbirds in response to temporary flightlessness. Ibis 156(4): 850-863. abstract

Gehrold, A. 2014. Forschung am Ismaninger Speichersee mit Fischteichen: Ortstreue und Habitatwahl mausernder Schnatterenten. Falke 61(7), 24-26.

Gehrold A, Bauer H-G, Fiedler W, Wikelski M. 2014. Great flexibility in autumn movement patterns of European gadwalls Anas strepera. J Avian Biol 45(2):131-139, doi 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2013.00248.x. full article

Girndt A, Knief U, Forstmeier W, Kempenaers B. 2014. Triploid ZZZ Zebra Finches Taeniopygia guttata exhibit abnormal sperm heads and poor reproductive performance. Ibis 156(2): 472-477. full article

Jacobs IF, Osvath M, Osvath H, Mioduszewska B, von Bayern AMP, Kacelnik A. 2014. Object caching in corvids: Incidence and significance. Behavioural Processes 102: 25-32. abstract

Johansson VA, Mueller G, Eriksson O. 2014. Dust seed production and dispersal in Swedish Pyroleae species. Nordic Journal of Botany 32(2): 209-214. full article

Kranstauber B, Safi K, Bartumeus F. 2014. Bivariate Gaussian bridges: directional factorization of diffusion in Brownian bridge models. Movement Ecology 2:5. doi:10.1186/2051-3933-2-5. abstract

Kusche H and Meyer A. 2014. One cost of being gold: selective predation and implications for the maintenance of the Midas cichlid colour polymorphism (Perciformes: Cichlidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 350-358. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12205 full article

Kusche H, Recknagel H, Elmer KR, Meyer A. 2014. Crater lake cichlids individually specialize along the benthic- limnetic axis. Ecology and Evolution 4(7): 1127-1139. full article

Luo J, Clarin B-M, Borissov IM, Siemers BM. 2014. Are torpid bats immune to anthropogenic noise? The Journal of Experimental Biology 217(7): 1072-1078. 10.1242/jeb.092890. abstract

Luo J, Koselj K, Zsebők S, Siemers BM, Goerlitz HR. 2014. Global warming alters sound transmission: differential impact on the prey detection ability of echolocating bats. J. R. Soc. Interface 11:91 20130961 abstract

Mathot KJ, Nicolaus M, Araya-Ajoy YG, Dingemanse NJ, Kempenaers B. 2014. Does metabolic rate predict risk-taking behaviour? A field experiment in a wild passerine bird. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12318. full article

Meyer A and Kautt A. 2014. Sympatric speciation. Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary BiologyEd. Jonathan Losos. New York: Oxford University Press link

Mortega KG, Flinks H, Helm B. 2014. Behavioural response of a migratory songbird to geographic variation of song and morphology. Front Zool 11:185 abstract

Mortega KG, Horsburgh GJ, Illera JC, Dawson DA. 2014. Characterization of microsatellite markers for Saxicola species. Conservation Genet Resour DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0355-9. abstract

Neumann LC, Feiner N, Meyer A, Buiting K, Horsthemke B. 2014. The Imprinted NPAP1 Gene in the Prader-Willi Syndrome Region Belongs to a POM121-Related Family of Retrogenes. Genome Biology and Evolution 6(2): 344-351. full article

Quispe R & Gahr M. 2014. Seasonal Patterns of Testosterone Production and Singing Behavior but not Variation in Song Control Region Volumes in Ramphocelus carbo (Thraupinae), an Endemic Amazon Songbird. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54: E335-E335. abstract

Razanajatovo M, Föhr C, Fischer M, Prati D & van Kleunen M. 2014. Non-naturalized alien plants receive fewer flower visits than naturalized and native plants in a Swiss botanical garden. Biological Conservation. 182: 109–116. abstract

Rowcliffe JM, Kays R, Kranstauber B, Carbone C, Jansen PA. 2014. Quantifying levels of animal activity using camera-trap data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12278 abstract

Reynolds CS, Elliott JA, Frassl MA. 2014. Predictive utility of trait-separated phytoplankton groups: A robust approach to modeling population dynamics. Journal of Great Lakes Research. DOI 10.1016/j.jglr.2014.02.005. abstract

Santos CD, Neupert S, Lipp H-P, Wikelski M, Dechmann DKN. 2014. Temporal and Contextual Consistency of Leadership in Homing Pigeon Flocks. Plos One 9(7): e102771. full article

van Schaik J, Kerth G, Bruyndonckx N, Christe P. 2014. The effect of host social system on parasite population genetic structure: comparative population genetics of two ectoparasitic mites and their bat hosts. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:18  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-18. abstract

Schlabing D, Frassl MA, Eder MM, Rinke K and Bárdossy A. 2014. Use of a weather generator for simulating climate change effects on ecosystems: A case study on Lake Constance. Environmental Modelling & Software. 61: 326-338. abstract

Schlicht L, Valcu M, Loës P, Girg A, Kempenaers B. 2014. No relationship between female emergence time from the roosting place and extrapair paternity. Behavioral Ecology 25(3): NIL_48-NIL_57, doi: 10.1093/beheco/aru035. full article

Schlicht L, Valcu M, Kempenaers B. 2014. Thiessen polygons as a model for animal territory estimation. Ibis 156(1): 215-219. full article

Schmieder DA, Zsebők S, Siemers BM. 2014. The tail plays a major role in the differing manoeuvrability of two sibling species of mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis and Myotis blythii). Canadian Journal of Zoology 92: 965–977. full article

Schneider RF, Li Y, Meyer A, Gunter HM. 2014. Regulatory gene networks that shape the development of adaptive phenotypic plasticity in a cichlid fish. Molecular Ecology 23(18): 4511-4526. abstract

Selcho M, Pauls D, Huser A, Stocker RF, Thum AS. 2014. Characterization of the octopaminergic and tyraminergic neurons in the central brain of Drosophila larvae. J Comp Neurol 522(15): 3485-3500. abstract

Smolla M, Ruchty M, Nagel M, Kleineidam CJ. 2014. Clearing pigmented insect cuticle to investigate small insects' organs in situ using confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM). Arthropod Structure & Development 43(2): 175-181. abstract

Stergiou ΚΙ, Bobori DC, Ekmekçi FG, Gökoğlu M, Karachle PK, Minos G, Özvarol Y, Salvarina I, Tarkan AS, Vilizzi l. 2014. New Fisheries-related data from the Mediterranean Sea (April, 2014). Mediterranean Marine Science. 15/1, 213-224. full article

Stuber EF, Grobis MM, Abbey-Lee R, Kempenaers B, Mueller JC, Dingemanse NJ. 2014. Perceived predation risk affects sleep behaviour in free-living great tits, Parus major. Animal Behaviour 98(0): 157-165. abstract

Ter Maat A, Trost L, Sagunsky H, Seltmann S, Gahr M. 2014. Zebra Finch Mates Use Their Forebrain Song System in Unlearned Call Communication. Plos One 9(10): e109334. full article

Torres-Dowdall J, Machado-Schiaffino G, Kautt AF, Kusche H, Meyer A. 2014. Differential predation on the two colour morphs of Nicaraguan Crater lake Midas cichlid fish: implications for the maintenance of its gold-dark polymorphism. Biological Journal of the Linnean Scociety 112: 123-131. full article

Vellema M, Ko MC, Frankl-Vilches C, Gahr M. 2014. What Makes a Marker a Good Marker? Brain Behavior and Evolution 84(1): 5-7.

Villavicencio CP, Apfelbeck B, Goymann W. 2014. Parental care, loss of paternity and circulating levels of testosterone and corticosterone in a socially monogamous song bird. Frontiers in Zoology 11:11, doi:10.1186/1742-9994-11-11. abstract

Villavicencio CP, Blas J, Goymann W. 2014. The number of life-history stages does not influence the androgen responsiveness to male–male interactions: Sedentary and migratory black redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros) do not elevate testosterone in response to simulated territorial intrusions. General and Comparative Endocrinology. abstract

Villavicencio CP, Quispe R, Gahr M, Goymann W. 2014. Disentangling Territorial Behavior in a Year-Round Territorial Songbird. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54: E362-E362. abstract


Abbey-Lee RN, Gaiser EE, Trexler JC. 2013. Relative roles of dispersal dynamics and competition in determining the isotopic niche breadth of a wetland fish. Freshwater Biology 58(4): 780-792.

Amemiya CT, Alföldi J, Lee AP, Fan S, Philippe H, MacCallum I, Braasch I, Manousaki T, Schneider I, Rohner N, Organ C, Chalopin D, Smith JJ, Robinson M, Dorrington RA, Gerdol M, Aken B, Assunta Biscotti M, Barucca M, Baurain D, Berlin AM, Blatch GL, Buonocore F, Burmester T, Campbell MS, Canapa A, Cannon JP, Christoffels A, De Moro G, Edkins AL, Fan L, Fausto AM, Feiner N, Forconi M, Gamieldien J, Gnerre S, Gnirke A, Goldstone JV, Haerty W, Hahn ME, Hesse U,  Hoffmann S, Johnson J, Karchner SI, Kuraku S, Lara M, Levin JZ, Litman GW, Mauceli E, Miyake T, Mueller MG, Nelson DR, Nitsche A, Olmo E, Ota T, Pallavicini A, Panji S, Picone B, Ponting CP, Prohaska SJ, Przybylski D, Saha NR, Ravi V, Ribeiro FJ, Sauka-Spengler T, Scapigliati G, Searle SMJ, Sharpe T, Simakov O, Stadler PF, Stegeman JJ, Sumiyama K, Tabbaa D, Tafer H, Turner-Maier J, van Heusden P, White S, Williams L, Yandell M, Brinkmann H, Volff JN, Tabin CJ, Shubin N, Schartl M, Jaffe DB, Postlethwait JH, Venkatesh B, Di Palma F, Lander ES, Meyer A, Lindblad-Toh K. 2013. The African coelacanth genome provides insights into tetrapod evolution. Nature 496: 311-315. full text

Apfelbeck B, Mortega K, Kiefer S, Kipper S and Goymann W. 2013. Life-history and hormonal control of aggression in black redstarts: Blocking testosterone does not decrease territorial aggression, but changes the emphasis of vocal behaviours during simulated territorial intrusions. Frontiers in Zoology 10:8 doi:10.1186/1742-9994-10-8. full text

Apfelbeck B, Mortega K, Kiefer S, Kipper S, Vellema M, Villavicencio CP, Gahr ML and Goymann W. 2013. Associated and disassociated changes in hormones, song, behavior and brain receptor expression between life-cycle stages in male black redstarts, Phoenicurus ochruros. Gen Comp Endocr, 184, 93-102. abstract

Clarin TMA, Ruczyński I, Page RA, Siemers BM. 2013. Foraging ecology predicts learning performance in insectivorous bats. PLoS ONE 8: e64823. full-text

Cruz SM, Hooten M, Huyvaert KP, Proaño CB, Anderson DJ, Afanasyev V, Wikelski M. 2013. At–sea behavior varies with lunar phase in a nocturnal pelagic seabird, the Swallow-Tailed Gull. PLoS ONE 8: e56889. full text

Dominoni D, Goymann W, Helm B, Partecke J. 2013. Urban-like night illumination reduces melatonin release in European blackbirds (Turdus merula): implications of city life for biological time-keeping of songbirds. Frontiers in Zoology 2013, 10:60 doi:10.1186/1742-9994-10-60. abstract

Dominoni D, Helm B, Lehmann M, Dowse H, Partecke J. 2013. Clocks for the city: circadian differences between forest and city songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 2013 280 1763 20130593; doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.0593 (published 5 June 2013) 1471-2954 abstract

Dominoni D, Quetting M, Partecke J. 2013. Artificial light at night advances avian reproductive physiology. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 280: 20123017.abstract

Dorado-Correa AM, Goerlitz HR & Siemers BM. 2013. Interspecific acoustic recognition in two European bat communities. Frontiers in Physiology 4:192. Open Access. Full article

Dylla K, Galili DS, Szyszka P, Lüdke A. 2013. Trace conditioning in insects - Keep the trace! Frontiers in Invertebrate Physiology 4:67. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2013.00067 abstract

Feiner N, Murakami Y, Breithut L, Mazan S, Meyer A, Kuraku S. 2013. Saltatory Evolution of the Ectodermal Neural Cortex Gene Family at the Vertebrate Origin. Genome Biology and Evolution 5(8): 1485-1502.

Frassl MA, Rothhaupt K-O, Rinke K. 2013. Algal internal nutrient stores feedback on vertical phosphorus distribution in large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research. DOI 10.1016/j.jglr.2013.11.001. abstract

Fudickar AMSchmidt A, Hau M, Quetting M, Partecke J. 2013. Female-biased obligate strategies in a partially migratory population. Journal of Animal Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12052. abstract

Gehrold A, Köhler P. 2013. Wing-moulting waterbirds maintain body condition under good environmental conditions: a case study of Gadwalls (Anas strepera). Journal of Ornithology 154: 783-793 abstract

Gehrold A, Leitner S, Laucht S, Derégnaucourt S. 2013. Heterospecific exposure affects the development of secondary sexual traits in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Behavioural Processes 94: 67–75. abstract

Helm B, Ben-Schlomo R, Sheriff MJ, Hut R, Foster R, Barnes B, Dominoni D. 2013. Annual rhythms that underlie phenology: biological time-keeping meets environmental change. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 280(1765):20130016 abstract

Ihle M, Forstmeier W. 2013. Revisiting the evidence for inbreeding avoidance in the zebra finch. Behavioral Ecology. doi: 10.1093/beheco/art074 abstract

Ihle M, Kempenaers B, Forstmeier W. 2013. Does hatching failure breed infidelity? Behavioral Ecology 24: 119-127. abstract

Kirkerud NH, Wehmann HN, Galizia CG, Gustav D. 2013. APIS - a novel approach for conditioning honey bees. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 7: 29. full text

Koch SI, Groh K, Vogel H, Hannson BS, Kleineidam CJ, Grosse-Wilde E. 2013. Caste-Specific Expression Patterns of Immune Response and Chemosensory Related Genes in the Leaf-Cutting Ant, Atta vollenweideri. Plos One 8(11).

Kronfeld-Shor N, Dominoni D, de la Iglesia H, Levy O, Herzog H, Helfrich-Förster C. 2013. Chronobiology by moonlight. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 280(1765): 20123088 abstract

Kranstauber B, Smolla M. 2013. move: Visualizing and analyzing animal track data. Free R-software package. download

Lam MM-Y, Martin-Creuzburg D, Rothhaupt K-O, Safi K, Yohannes E, Salvarina I. 2013. Tracking Diet Preferences of Bats Using Stable Isotope and Fatty Acid Signatures of Faeces.  PLoS ONE 8(12): e83452. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083452. full article

Lu G, Lin A, Luo J, Blondel D, Meiklejohn K, Sun K, Feng J. 2013. Phylogeography of the Rickett's big-footed bat, Myotis pilosus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae): a novel pattern of genetic structure of bats in China. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 241. full text

Miranda A C, Schielzeth H, Sonntag T and Partecke J. 2013. Urbanization and its effects on personality traits: a result of microevolution or phenotypic plasticity? Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12258 abstract

Manousaki T, Hull PM, Kusche H, Machado-Schiaffino G, Franchini P, Harrod C, Elmer KR, Meyer A. 2013. Parsing parallel evolution: ecological divergence and differential gene expression in the adaptive radiations of thick-lipped Midas cichlid fishes from Nicaragua. Molecular Ecology 22: 650-669. abstract

Mutzel A, Dingemanse NJ, Araya-Ajoy YG, Kempenaers B. 2013. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 280(1764): 20131019. abstract

Mutzel A, Blom MPK, Spagopoulou F, Wright J, Dingemanse NJ, Kempenaers B. 2013. Temporal trade-offs between nestling provisioning and defence against nest predators in blue tits. Animal Behaviour 85: 1459-1469. abstract

Nemeth E, Pieretti N, Zollinger SA, Geberzahn N, Partecke J, Miranda AC and Brumm H. 2013. Bird song and anthropogenic noise: Vocal constraints may explain why birds sing higher frequency songs in cities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280(1754) doi: 10.1098 abstract

Norbu N, Wikelski M, Wilcove DS, Partecke J, Ugyen, Tenzin U, Sherub, Tempa T. 2013. Partial Altitudinal Migration of a Himalayan Forest Pheasant. PLoS ONE 8: e60979. full text

Recknagel H, Kusche H, Elmer KR, Meyer A. 2013. Two new endemic species in the Midas cichlid species complex from Nicaraguan crater lakes: Amphilophus tolteca and Amphilophus viridis (Perciformes, Cichlidae). Aqua 19(4): 207-224.

Salvarina I, Yohannes E, Siemers BM, Koselj K. 2013. Advantages of using fecal samples for stable isotope analysis in bats: evidence using a triple isotopic experiment. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 27: 1945–1953. doi: 10.1002/rcm.6649 full article

Safi K, Kranstauber B, Weinzierl R, Griffin L, Rees E, Cabot D, Cruz S, Proaño C, Takekawa JY, Newman S, Waldenström J, Bengtsson D, Kays R, Wikelski M, Bohrer G. 2013. Flying with the wind: scale dependency of speed and direction measurements in modelling wind support in avian flight. BMC Movement Ecol. 1:4 doi:10.1186/2051-3933-1-4. full article

Schlicht L, Girg A, Loës P, Valcu M, Kempenaers B. 2013. Male extra-pair nestlings fledge first. Animal Behaviour 83: 1335-1343. abstract

Steiner K, Karner T, Dietrich D. 2013. Oatp expression profile in Danio rerio upon microcystin-exposure. Toxicology Letters 221: S111-S111.

Stuber EF, Araya-Ajoy YG, Mathot KJ, Mutzel A, Nicolaus M, Wijmenga JJ, Mueller JC, Dingemanse NJ. 2013. Slow explorers take less risk: a problem of sampling bias in ecological studies. Behavioral Ecology 24: 1092-1098. abstract

van Toor ML, Hedenström A, Waldenström J, Fiedler W, Holland RA, et al. 2013. Flexibility of Continental Navigation and Migration in European Mallards. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72629. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072629 full text

Villavicencio CP, Apfelbeck B, Goymann W, 2013. Experimental induction of social instability during early breeding does not alter testosterone levels in male black redstarts, a socially monogamous songbird. Horm Behav 64:461-467. abstract


Apfelbeck B, Kiefer S, Mortega KG, Goymann W, Kipper S. 2012. Testosterone Affects Song Modulation during Simulated Territorial Intrusions in Male Black Redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros). PLoS ONE 7(12): e52009. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052009 full text

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Fudickar AM, Wikelski M and Partecke J. 2012. Tracking migratory songbirds: accuracy of light level loggers (Geolocators) in forest habitats. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 47-52. abstract

Kautt AF, Elmer KR, Meyer A. 2012. Genomic signatures of divergent selection and speciation patterns in a 'natural experiment', the young parallel radiations of Nicaraguan crater lake cichlid fishes. Molecular Ecology 21:4770-4786.abstract

Knief U, Schielzeth H, Kempenaers B, Ellegren H, Forstmeier W. 2012. QTL and quantitative genetic analysis of beak morphology reveals patterns of standing genetic variation in an Estrildid finch. Molecular Ecology 21: 3704-3717. abstract

Kranstauber B, Kays R, LaPoint SD, Wikelski M, Safi K. 2012. A dynamic Brownian bridge movement model to estimate utilization distributions for heterogeneous animal movement. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 738-746.  abstract

Kusche H, Lee HJ, Meyer A. 2012. Mouth asymmetry in the textbook example of scale-eating cichlid fish is not a discrete dimorphism after all. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 4715-4723. abstract

Langlois LA, Murboeck K, Bulla M, Kempenaers B. 2012. Unusual incubation: Long-billed Dowitcher incubates mammalian bones. Ardea 100(2): 206-210.

Lee HJ*, Kusche H*, Meyer A. 2012. Handed Foraging Behavior in Scale-Eating Cichlid Fish: Its Potential Role in Shaping Morphological Asymmetry. PLoS ONE 7: e44670. full text  *equal contribution

Lehmann M, Spoelstra K, Visser ME, Helm B. 2012. Effects of temperature on circadian clock and chronotype: an experimental study on a passerine bird. Chronobiology International 29:1062-1071.abstract

Schlicht L, Girg A, Loes P, Valcu M, Kempenaers B. 2012. Male extrapair nestlings fledge first. Animal Behaviour 83(6): 1335-1343.


Feiner N, Ericsson R, Meyer A, Kuraku S. 2011. Revisiting the origin of the vertebrate Hox14 by including its relict sarcopterygian members. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 316B:515-525. abstract

Kranstauber B, Cameron A, Weinzerl R, Fountain T, Tilak S, Wikelski M, Kays R. 2011. The Movebank data model for animal tracking. Environmental Modelling & Software 26: 834-835.abstract

Manousaki T, Feiner N, Begemann G, Meyer A, Kuraku S. 2011. Co-orthology of Pax4 and Pax6 to the fly eyeless gene: molecular phylogenetic, comparative genomic and embryological analyses. Evolution & Development 13: 448-459. abstract

Mutzel A, Kempenaers B, Laucht S, Dingemanse NJ, Dale J. 2011. Circulating testosterone levels do not affect exploration in house sparrows: observational and experimental tests. Animal Behaviour 81(4): 731-739.

van Schaik J, Bruyndonckx N, Kerth G, Christe P. 2011. Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci for two species of Spinturnicid bat wing mites (Spinturnix myoti and Spinturnix bechsteini). Acarologia 51: 127-131. full-text

van Toor ML, Jaberg C, Safi K. 2011. Integrating sex-specific habitat use for conservation using habitat suitability models. Anim Conserv 14: 512-520. abstract


Elmer KR, Kusche H, Lehtonen TK, Meyer A. 2010. Local variation and parallel evolution: morphological and genetic diversity across a species complex of Neotropical crater lake cichlid fishes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B. 365: 1763-1782.abstract


Feiner N, Begemann G, Renz A, Meyer A, Kuraku S. 2009. The origin of bmp16, a novel Bmp2/4 relative, retained in teleost fish genomes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:277. full text

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