Dr. Yimen Gerardo Araya Ajoy

IMPRS Alumni
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
Trondheim, Norway

Main Focus

Evolutionary ecology of phenotypic variation. I am particularly interested in the causes of variation in labile traits and its consequences on population dynamics.

PhD thesis

Multi-level variation in labile characters: adaptive causes and evolutionary consequences, with Jakob Müller, Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015 PhD (with distinction) Ludwig-MaximiIians-University of Munich (LMU) & International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology
  • 2009 Master in BioIogical Sciences (with honors), University of Costa Rica (UCR)
  • 2005 Bachelor in Biology, University of Costa Rica (UCR)

Academic and Research Positions

  • 2015 Teacher, Statistical Approaches towards Multivariate Phenotypes, IMPRS for Organismal Biology (Germany) and Center for Biodiversity Dynamics (Norway)
  • 2013-2014 Teacher, Behavioral Ecology meets Quantitative Genetics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU)
  • 2013 Teaching assistant, Experimental Behavioural Ecology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU)
  • 2009-2010 Teaching assistant, Tropical ecology and conservation course from the Council of International Exchange Education (CIEE)
  • 2009 Teaching assistant, Ecology, University of Costa Rica (UCR)
  • 2008 Teaching assistant, Introduction to Biology, University of Costa Rica (UCR)
  • 2007 Teaching assistant, Department of Experimental Ecology, Ulm University, Germany
  • 2006 Teaching assistant, Bioaccoustics Course, University of Costa Rica (UCR)
  • 2005-2006 Research assistant, Zoology Museum, University of Costa Rica (UCR)

Awards and Scholarhsips

  • 2012-2014 Dcotoral Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
  • 2010 Doctoral Fellowship, International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology
  • 2008 Grant to attend conference, Costa Rican Council of Sciences and Technology
  • 2007 Research Exchange Scholarship, DAAD - Ulm University, Germany
  • 2006 Research fellowship, Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS)
  • 2005 Research Experience for Undergraduates, Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS)
  • 2005 Raven Award Programm, Cornell University
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