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

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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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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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Arne Jungwirth



Email: arne.jungwirth@iee.unibe.ch
Phone: +41 31 631 91 60

Research Interest

“Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of Evolution” – Dobhzansky

This famous quotation has influenced my way of thinking ever since I first read it during my first year as a Bachelor Student in Biology at Bielefeld University. Although being interested in a broad variety of biological questions, it is the ultimate question - the why - that always drives me most. This was already true during my first years at University, as well as during my Master’s Thesis, and now during my PhD.

Thus, my project could be summarized as follows: “why do cooperatively breeding cichlids Neolamprologus pulcher live in colonies?” Research on various colonial species throughout the last decades has shown that the answer to this question will most likely be neither short nor completely satisfying. Still, I believe it is worth trying to find out which evolutionary benefits these social animals gain from clustering their groups into colonies. Besides the general benefits of colonies - like increased vigilance, communal defense, or selfish herd effects - this form of sociality of second order might serve additional purposes for group-living species. An increased social network and potential between-group dispersal are factors of coloniality that should influence cooperative breeders in particular.


Since 2011 PhD candidate at the Department of Behavioural Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland.
2007 – 2010 Master of Science, Brain and Behaviour at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Thesis title: Influences of personality traits on the foraging behaviour of a nectar-feeding bat, Glossophaga commissarisi.
2004 – 2007 Bachelor of Science, Biology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Thesis title: Kinetic responses of woodlice (Crustacea) to changes in environmental humidity.