Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

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

HIGHLIGHTS

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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Michael Würgler

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Contact

Email:  mike.l.w@students.unibe.ch

Phone: 031 534 9019

Research Interest

I am currently interested in the behavioural ecology of the larvae in the ambrosia beetle species Xyleborinus saxesenii. For a better understanding of the social system of these beetles it is important to assess the role of larvae regarding cooperative interactions in a gallery and how they are involved in different stages of a colony. In my Master Thesis I look into the effects of group size and density on breeding performance and on larval survival. I am also interested in the larvae-fungus interactions to reveal the larvae’s role in this relationship. To study the species I use an in vitro rearing method to breed X. saxesenii in the laboratory.

Education

2006-2010    Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Bern; Bachelor thesis: Dispersal behaviour in the ambrosia beetle species Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg

2010-            Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution with special qualification in Behavioural Ecology, University of Bern