PhD Projects 2014

This is the list of our 2014 PhD projects. Application deadline was January 15, 2014.

<p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Immune Gene Variation in Resident vs. Migratory Ducks</p>

Keywords population genetics, phylogeography, disease ecology, avian influenza, migration ecology

Main advisor Martin Wikelski, Inge Müller, Wolfgang Fiedler & Robert Kraus, MPIO Radolfzell

<p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; page-break-before: always;"><strong>Evolutionary endocrinology of birds</strong></p>

Keywords evolution, physiology, hormone, stress, behavior, fitness

Main Advisor Michaela Hau, MIPO Seewiesen

<strong>Can female promiscuity evolve via indirect selection on male sex-drive?</strong>

Key words pair bonding, quantitative genetics, sexual behaviour, social monogamy, zebra finches

Main Advisor Wolfgang Forstmeier, MPIO Seewiesen

<strong>Genomic adaptations under recent habitat changes</strong>
Keywords behavioural genomics, bioinformatics, birds, genotype-phenotype associations, invasion, selection signatures, urbanization
Main advisor
Jakob Mueller, MPIO Seewiesen more
<p lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>Development of neurons relevant for feedback-dependent plasticity during bird song learning</strong></p>

Keywords songbird, song control nuclei, song learning, transcriptome, sex hormones, auditory feedback

Main advisor Manfred Gahr, MPIO Seewiesen

<p style="line-height: 115%;"><span lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: none;">Behavioural variability as anti-predator adaptation</span></span></p>

Keywords predator-prey-interaction, protean behaviour, escape flight, moths, bats, bioacoustics

Main advisor Holger Goerlitz, MPIO Seewiesen

<p align="LEFT"><span lang="en-GB">Social evolution</span></p>

Keywords Behavioural ecology, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology

Main advisor Julia Schroeder, MPIO Seewiesen

Ecological and genomic control of migration

Keyword Alternative phenotypes, climate change, GPS logger, eco-evolutionary dynamics, gene expression, molecular genetics.

Main advisers Jesko Partecke, MPIO Radolfzell and Axel Meyer, University Konstanz

Colonizations and demographic history of cichlid fishes in crater lakes in Nicaragua

Keywords sympatric speciation, evolution, population genomics, ecological specialization
Main advisor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

Genomic basis of alternative life-history evolution in swordtail fishes

Keywords Mating behavior, population genomics, QTL mapping, Central America

Main advisor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

<p>Genomic basis of mate choice in the polychromatic Midas cichlid fish</p>

Keywords Nicaragua, QTL mapping, assortative mating, behavioral genomics, bioinformatic techniques

Main advisor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

Effects of climate warming on invasion potential of ornamental alien plant species
Keywords Climate change, ornamental alien plants, invasive species
Main advisor Mark van Kleunen, University of Konstanz more
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