Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
Telefon: +41 31 631 91 11
Telefax: +41 31 631 91 41
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Universität Bern


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

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Nature research highlight
Current Biology dispatch

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

Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
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Talks and Events

Lecture Series

Joint Seminar Series of the Divisions of Evolutionary Ecology and Behavioral Ecology.

Lecture Series in Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology

Wednesday, 4:15 pm, Haller Auditorium (Baltzerstrasse 1)

Ecology and Evolution

Tuesday, 4:15 pm, Haller Auditorium (Baltzerstrasse 1)

Upcoming Meetings

  • 16-19 July 2019 Arolla / Switzerland: CUSO workshop on "Negotiation and trading in animals" more...

Past Meetings & Social Events

  • 24-27 July 2018 Arolla / Switzerland: CUSO workshop on "Comparative Social Evolution"  more ...
  • 18-21 July 2017 Arolla / Switzerland: CUSO workshop on "Early-environment effect: Towards integrating theoretical and empirical approaches" more ...
  • 19-22 July 2016 Arolla / Switzerland: CUSO workshop on "The role of sensory ecology and cognition in social decisions" more ...
  • 6-9 July 2015 Arolla / Switzerland: CUSO workshop on "The costs and benefits of information acquisition and use in social interactions" more ... ; Pictures
  • 12-15 July 2014 Arolla / Switzerland: CUSO workshop on "Social evolution: the merits and limitations of inclusive fitness theory" more ...
  • August 11-14, 2013 Arolla / Swizerland: CUSO Workshop on "The evolution of proximal mechanisms of behavioral and life history" more ...
  • 06.-09 December 2012 Beatenberg / Swizerland; first annual workshop of the ProDoc program "Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Cooperation" more ...
  • 04-07 August 2012, Adelboden / Switzerland; Workshop on "The Evolution of Consistent Phenotype Variation: Alternative Tactics vs. Behavioral Syndromes" more ...
  • Symposium on "The Theory of Cooperation", Adelboden 2011 and on "The use of animal model system to study social evolution", Adelboden 2009 more ...
  • Picure Gallery from the CUSO Workshop 2008, Adelboden