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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

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<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

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<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

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<strong>Genomic adaptations under recent habitat changes</strong>
Keywords behavioural genomics, bioinformatics, birds, genotype-phenotype associations, invasion, selection signatures, urbanization
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<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

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<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

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

Keywords Behavioural ecology, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology

Main advisor Julia Schroeder, MPIO Seewiesen

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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

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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

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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

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<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

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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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