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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I am employed as a PhD student of Michael Taborsky since August 2016. I will work on the general hypothesis that cooperative breeding in vertebrates can be maintained without the help of kin-selection, but can more generally be described as a kind of trading system in which care for kin is only a special commodity. In Neolamprologus pulcher, different forms of help in broodcare are exchanged for shelter, options for future territory take-over, and current reproduction. Engaging in this trade requires that the fish are able to measure the investment of others, that they actively communicate about their own investment, and that they monitor information about supply and demand. Costs and benefits for each fish vary with its abilities and opportunities and with ecological factors. Many of the above parameters, including kinship, can be experimentally manipulated in N. pulcher, which makes the system exceptionaly well suited to test the above hypothesis.
I am also interested in other behavioral sciences, in particular psychology and economics, and more generally in the exchange of research methods, modes of thinking, and scientific standards between the disciplines. In other words, I am interested in the comparative study of how the details of experimental design, statistical analysis, puplication practices, and socio-economical processes shape the development of scientific theories and practices.
Due to my long engagement in engineering projects, I like to think of experiments as a kind of machine whose purpose it is to extract information from the environment. A scientist is a person who lives from the design and marketing of such machines and their output.
|Since 2016||Phd student at the Department of Behavioural Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland. (Supervisors: Prof. Michael Taborsky)|
|2016||Scientific Assistant at the Swiss Ornithological Institute|
|2014-2016||Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH ZÃ¼rich|
|2014||Civil Service at EAWAG, Kastanienbaum|
|2013-2014||BSc minor in Philosophy of Mind, UniBern|
|2012-2014||BSc minor in Economics, UniBern (not finished)|
|2011-2013||BSc minor in Psychology, UniBern|
|2010-2011||Radiotelemetry technician at the Swiss Ornithological Institute|
|2009-2010||Civil Service with Stingless Bees in Brazil|
|2007-2009||MSc in Ecology and Evolution at UniBern|
|2006-2007||Erasmus exchange at Uppsala Universtiy, Sweden|
|2004-2007||BSc in cellular and molecular biology at UniBern|
|2003-2004||Studies in electrical engineering at ETH ZÃ¼rich|
Neumann, P., Naef, J., Crailsheim, K., Crewe, R. M., & Pirk, C. W. W. (2015). Hit-and-run trophallaxis of small hive beetles. Ecology and Evolution, 5(23), 5478â€“5486.
2008: SCNAT Travel grant for field work in South Africa