PNAS - Predation risk drives social complexity in cooperative breeders. Groenewoud, Frommen, Josi, Tanaka, Jungwirth & Taborsky
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Kinship reduces alloparental care in cooperative
cichlids where helpers pay-to-stay
Zoettl M., Heg D., Chervet N. & Taborsky M. (2013)
Social competence: an evolutionary approach
Taborsky, B. & Oliveira, R.F.
Larval helpers and age polyethism in ambrosia beetles
Biedermann P.H.W. & Taborsky M.
Animal personality due to social niche specialisation
Bergmueller R. & Taborsky M.
Environmental Change Enhances Cognitive Abilities in Fish
Kotrschal, A. & Taborsky, B.
Extended phenotypes as signals
Franziska C. Schaedelin and Michael Taborsky
On the Origin of Species by Natural
and Sexual Selection
G. Sander van Doorn, Pim Edelaar, Franz J. Weissing
Cambridge University Press
Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative
Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
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The studies during my Bachelor focused on the evolution of cooperation. Theoretically, cooperation can be established and maintained by several mechanisms like kinship, group selection or reciprocity. My Bachelor thesis aimed at reciprocity and I therefore studied reciprocation of allogrooming bouts in female wild-type Norway rats. Since most studies focusing on reciprocal allogrooming rely on observational data, our goal was to find a method for manipulating grooming rates. From studies of our lab, including my bachelor thesis, we know that rats act according to reciprocity across different contexts (food-sharing, allogrooming). In my Master thesis I therefore wanted to look at the social context behind reciprocity and cooperation in general. The goal is to see whether reciprocity/cooperation is a factor which influences or is influenced by the formation of social bonds. Besides fundamental biological research, I am also interested in applied issues, like animal welfare.
|Since 2016||Teaching Assistant for âStatistics for Biologyâ, 2nd year Bachelor students, University of Bern|
|Since 2014||Master of Science in Biology with special qualification in Ecology and Evolution at the Department of Behavioural Ecology, University of Bern, Switzerland
Thesis: Development of social bonds between unknown female rats based on cooperative experience, supervised by Manon Schweinfurth and Prof. Michael Taborsky
|2011-2014||Bachelor of Science in Biology with special qualification in Ecology and Evolution at the Department of Behavioural Ecology, University of Bern, Switzerland
Thesis: Reciprocal allogrooming among wild-type Norway rats, supervised by Manon Schweinfurth and Prof. Michael Taborsky
|2010||3 months language stay (English), Vancouver, Canada|
Contributions at Conferences:
|Biology 2016||Talk at Biology16, Lausanne, Switzerland
Reciprocal allogrooming among Norway rats