Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
Telefon: +41 31 631 91 11
Telefax: +41 31 631 91 41
E-Mail:   claudia.leiser@iee.unibe.ch

Ethologische Station Hasli
Wohlenstrasse 50a
CH-3032 Hinterkappelen

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Universität Bern

HIGHLIGHTS

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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more information

Courses during the autumn semester

a mandatory course catalog can be found here

+++ Important

For details on timetables and numbers of courses see KSL (link)

For information on course content see ILIAS (link)

Registration for courses at ePUB (link) and ILIAS (link) needed

403277-Verhaltensökologie & Evolutionsbiologie (Behavioral Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)

3 ECTS-points

Evolutionary Biology (Peichel, SW 1-7):
Introduction to Evolutionary Ecology
Natural selection
Genetic basis of phenotypic variation
Sexual selection
Maintenance of variation in populations
Evolution of sex
Evolution of sex-determination mechanisms
Eco-evolutionary dynamics

Behavioural Ecology (Taborsky, SW 8-14):
Verhalten in Raum und Zeit
Energetik und Ă–konomie des Verhaltens
Die Evolution der Lebensgeschichte
Models in Behavioural Ecology
Brutpflege und elterlicher Aufwand
Die Evolution höheren Sozialverhaltens
Kooperation und Altruismus
Räuber-Beute Beziehungen
Parasitismus innerhalb und zwischen Arten
Mechanismen des Lernens, Kognition


10859-Zoology

4.5 ECTS-points

Prof. Dr. C. Peichel , Prof. Dr. W. Nentwig, Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz, PD Dr. G. Heckel, Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen

Vorlesungsprogramm Teil Verhalten (Beispiel; aktuelles Programm auf ILIAS (link))


1392-Introduction to literature analysis, seminar

1.5 ECTS-points

Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky


9104-Experimental design, lecture with practicals

4 ECTS-points

Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz, Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier, Prof. Dr. W. Nentwig, Prof. Dr. C. Peichel , Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen, Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky


100246-Lecture series in ecology and evolution, seminar.

1.5 ECTS-points

Prof. Dr. M. Fischer, Prof. Dr. W. Nentwig, Prof. Dr. W. Tinner, Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier, Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Prof. Dr. C. Peichel, Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz, Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen, PD. Dr. C. Kropf, PD Dr. P. Neumann

  • Lecture series in Ecology and Evolution


  • 10902-Lecture series in Behavioural and evolutionary ecology, seminar.

    2.25 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. C. Peichel, Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky

  • Lecture series in behavioural and evolutionary ecology

  • More information and instruction


  • 10852-Behavioural ecology, seminar and journal club.

    1.5 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky, Dr. J. Frommen

    This „Jour Fixe“ is our weekly lab meeting serving to discuss science in general and  our own research in particular. It takes place every Monday afternoon, also off university terms. Program responsibility changes weekly between participating students and group members. Research plans, first and final results, methodological questions, analytical procedures, research reports of own or guest speakers, and recent findings reported in the literature are presented and discussed. The major aim of this seminar is to critically think about research done by ourselves and by others, and to train discussing science.


    11845-Behavioural ecology, practical for advanced students (BSc thesis)

    10 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky, Dr. J.G. Frommen

    Registration directly with lecturer.


    100699-Behavioural ecology (MSc thesis)

    60 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky

    Registration directly with lecturer.

    Courses during the spring semester

    a mandatory course catalog can be found here

    +++ Important

    For details on timetables and numbers of courses see KSL (link)

    For information on course content see ILIAS (link)

    Registration for courses at ePUB (link) and ILIAS (link) needed

    10902-Lecture series in behavioural and evolutionary ecology, seminar

    2.25 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. C. Peichel, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky

    Information: KSL

    Lecture series in behavioural and evolutionary ecology

    More information and instruction 


    100246-Lecture series in ecology and evolution, seminar

    1.5 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Fischer, Prof. Dr. W. Nentwig, Prof. Dr. W. Tinner, Prof. Dr. L. Excoffier, Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. C. Peichel, Prof. Dr. R. Arlettaz, Prof. Dr. O. Seehausen, PD Dr. C. Kropf, PD Dr. P. Neumann

    Information: KSL

    According to special program.

    Lecture series in Ecology and Evolution


    10852-Behavioural ecology, seminar and journal club

    1.5 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky, Dr. J. Frommen

    Information: KSL

    At Hasli
    This „Jour Fixe“ is our weekly lab meeting serving to discuss science in general and  our own research in particular. It takes place every Monday afternoon, also off university terms. Program responsibility changes weekly between participating students and group members. Research plans, first and final results, methodological questions, analytical procedures, research reports of own or guest speakers, and recent findings reported in the literature are presented and discussed. The major aim of this seminar is to critically think about research done by ourselves and by others, and to train discussing science.

    11844-Behavioural ecology, research practical. Block course at Hasli.
    7.5 ECTS-points
    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky, Dr. J. Frommen
    Information: KSL

    For information on content see ILIAS (link


    10905-Behavioural ecology special, seminar

    2 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky, Dr. J.G. Frommen

    Information: KSL

    Joint block workshop with students from the University of Vienna at the “Ethologische Station Hasli” or the “Biologische Station Riegersburg” (Austria).


    2156-FS2016-0-Marine and behavioural ecology course, Elba, practical

    7.5 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky, Prof. Dr. Barbara Taborsky

    Information: KSL


    11845-Behavioural ecology, practical for advanced students (BSc thesis)

    10 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky, Dr. J.G. Frommen

    Registration directly with lecturers.

    Information: KSL


    100499-Behavioural ecology (MSc thesis)

    60 ECTS-points

    Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky, Prof. Dr. B. Taborsky

    Registration directly with lecturer.

    Information: KSL