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Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
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PLOS BIOLOGY
The smell of hunger: Norway rats provision social partners based on odour cues of need
K. Schneeberger & M. Taborsky

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FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY
Sensory ecology and cognition in social decisions
Special feature edited by K. Schneeberger & M. Taborsky

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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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commentary on Fischer et al

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
Approach

Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
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The Evolution of Social Behaviour

Symposium, 3 - 5 September 2020, Bern, Switzerland


About the Symposium

The evolution of social behaviour has been a core research topic of Michael Taborsky throughout his scientific career. On occasion of his retirement in August 2020 we bring together leading experts in this field and many of Michael’s former PhD-students and postdocs, on the one hand to take stock of the subject and on the other hand to highlight the diversity of research themes former collaborators have meanwhile adopted.

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Program

On the evening of the arrival day, Thursday 3 September, Michael will submit his own view of the topic, which will be followed by a reception in town. On Friday 4 September the invited keynote speakers and former collaborators will present their research, with ample time and opportunity for discussion. In the evening we shall have a BBQ at the Hasli, which will provide possibilities to learn about current projects and to dip in the river Aare, weather allowing. On Saturday 5 September we shall move to the nearby mountains for a stimulating hike, lively discussions and staggering views.

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Gerry Carter, Ohio State University, USA
  • Prof. Jan Komdeur, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Prof. Rui Oliveira, ISPA and Gulbekian Institute, Portugal
  • Prof. Geoff Parker, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Prof. Christina Riehl, Princeton University, USA
  • Prof. Dustin Rubenstein, Columbia University, USA

Preliminary Program

Thursday, 3 September

18:00 Michael Taborsky The evolution of social behaviour
19:30 Reception

Friday, 4 September

08:30-08:50

Coffee and Welcome Reception


08:50-09:00

Welcome address


09:00-09:30

Cristina Riehl

Cooperative and manipulative behaviors as alternative reproductive tactics: evolutionary dynamics and modes of selection

09:30-10:00

Dustin Rubenstein

Climate and Cooperative Breeding: From Individuals to Groups

10:00-10:15

Ian Hamilton

Conflict management and complexity

10:15-10:30

Manon Schweinfurth

Reciprocal help in non-human primates?

10:30-10:45

Markus Zöttl

Cooperative breeding in African mole-rats

10:45:11:00

Frank Groenewoud

To be confirmed

11:00-11:30

Coffee Break

11:30-12:00

Rui Oliveira

Of fish and flies: using model organisms to uncover the mechanisms of sociality

12:00-12:30

Gerry Carter

Development of new cooperative relationships among non-kin vampire bats: from first encounters to social bonds

12:30-14:00

Lunch Break

14:00-14:30

Jan Komdeur

Cooperation and parental senescence

14:30-15:00

Geoff Parker

The evolution of the two sexes

15:00-15:15

Dolores Schütz

Extreme and reversed sexual dimorphisms in spiders and fish

15:05-15:30

Jo Frommen

Same same, but different: Cooperative breeding in lamprologine cichlids

15:30-15:45

Franziska Schaedelin

Is learning performance in Neolamprologus pulcher  influenced by early social experience with heterospecifics?"

15:45-16:00

Peter Biedermann

Evolutionary feedbacks between insect sociality and microbial management

16:00-16:30

Coffee Break

16:30-17:00

Mike Cant

To be confirmed

17:00-17:15

Arne Jungwirth

Life history evolution in wolpertingers and cichlids

17:15-17:30

Karin Schneeberger

TBA

17:30-17:45

Dik Heg

TBA

17:45-18:00

Nicole Bender

The evolution of human nutrition

18:00-18:15

Sabine Tebbich

Behavioural changes in a recently established host parasite interaction

18:15-18:30

Sacha Engelhardt

TBA

18:30-18:45

Barbara Taborsky

Developmental plasticity of social behaviour




18:45-19:00

Concluding remarks


19:30

BBQ at the Hasli


Saturday, 5 September



Mountain Excursion



Contact

For questions please contact the organizer Barbara Taborsky at barbara.taborsky@iee.unibe.ch