Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
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Universität Bern

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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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Annika Freudiger

Annika Freudiger

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Email: annika.freudiger@iee.unibe.ch

Phone: +41 31 631 91 60

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Research interests

Cooperative breeding is a complex form of social group living where individuals other than the breeders provide parental care. These so called 'helpers' stay at the nest of dominant breeders and engage in brood care, territory maintenance and defense but often do not reproduce themselves. Why should helpers engage in such costly and altruistic behavior? How do helpers decide on how much to invest in helping? What are the benefits for the different group members? These questions are of special interest for my own research. So far, detailed knowledge about cooperative breeding in fishes is based on a limited number of species, especially Neolamprologus pulcher. My aim is to increase the knowledge about the diversity of social systems in cooperative breeding cichlids. Therefore, I focus on different less well studied species, such as Neolamprologus savoryi and Lepidiolamprologus sp. "meeli-boulengeri", combining observational and experimental approaches in the field (Lake Tanganyika) with molecular and morphological methods in the lab.

Curriculum vitae

10.2018 - ongoing MSc in Biology with special qualification in Ecology and Evolution from University of Bern. Supervised by PD Joachim G. Frommen
10.2018 - 11.2018 Fieldwork, Lake Tanganyika, Zambia. "Cooperative breeding in Julidochromis ornatus" - supervised by PD Joachim G. Frommen
09.2015 - 10.2018 BSc in Biology with special qualification in Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern. Thesis: "Helpers invest in territory defense and protection of young depending on need in the cooperative breeding cichlid Neolamprologus savoryi" - supervised by Dario Josi and PD Joachim G. Frommen

Conferences

Talks
  • Freudiger A., ​​Tanaka H., Schild A., Josi D. & Frommen J.G. (2018) Is Lepidiolamprologus sp. "meeli-boulengeri" a cooperative breeder? Alpine Tanganyika Cichlid Symposium, Constance, Germany
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