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Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
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SCIENCE ADVANCES Alternative male morphs solve sperm performance/longevity trade-off in opposite directions M. Taborsky, D. Schütz, O. Goffinet & G.S.van Doorn

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CURRENT BIOLOGY
Reciprocal trading of different commodities in Norway rats. M.K. Schweinfurth & M. Taborsky

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PNAS - Divergence of developmental trajectories is triggered interactively by early social and ecological experience in a cooperative breeder. Fischer, Bohn, Oberhummer, Nyman & B. Taborsky
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PNAS - Predation risk drives social complexity in cooperative breeders. Groenewoud, Frommen, Josi, Tanaka, Jungwirth & Taborsky
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The evolution of cooperation based on direct fitness benefits. Phil Trans theme issue compiled and edited by Taborsky M., Frommen JG & Riehl C. (2016)
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NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Kinship reduces alloparental care in cooperative cichlids where helpers pay-to-stay
Zoettl M., Heg D., Chervet N. & Taborsky M. (2013)

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Social competence: an evolutionary approach
Taborsky, B. & Oliveira, R.F.
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Larval helpers and age polyethism in ambrosia beetles
Biedermann P.H.W. & Taborsky M.
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Animal personality due to social niche specialisation
Bergmueller R. & Taborsky M.
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Environmental Change Enhances Cognitive Abilities in Fish
Kotrschal, A. & Taborsky, B.
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Extended phenotypes as signals
Franziska C. Schaedelin and Michael Taborsky
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On the Origin of Species by Natural and Sexual Selection
G. Sander van Doorn, Pim Edelaar, Franz J. Weissing
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Cambridge University Press
Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative
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Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
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Research interests

Lamprologus callipterus is an obligate shell-brooding cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Males of this species follow two distinct alternative reproductive tactics, which are genetically fixed and inherited to their male offspring. The large bourgeois males build nests out of empty snail shells, in which the females lay their eggs. Males fertilise the eggs from outside. The much smaller dwarf males meanwhile attempt to invade shells containing spawning females. Being deep inside the shell and close to the eggs gives them a much higher chance of fertilisation. However, bourgeois males can identify foreign brood and evict a female when their own reproductive share is too low, resulting in a reproductive failure for the female. Therefore, they are expected to minimise the risk of dwarf males entering the shell and fertilising their brood. In my master thesis, I assess the presence and number of dwarf males and their influence in mating preference of females.

I am also interested in optimising standardisation of search mate choice experiments by using artificial 3D printed shells. 


curriculum vitae

2017- MSc in Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern
2016 BSc in Biology with special qualifications in Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern. Thesis: "The potential impact of the invasive Pholcus phalangioides (Aranae: Pholcidae) on native spider species"
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