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Animal personality due to social niche specialisation
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Environmental Change Enhances Cognitive Abilities in Fish
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Extended phenotypes as signals
Franziska C. Schaedelin and Michael Taborsky
On the Origin of Species by Natural
and Sexual Selection
G. Sander van Doorn, Pim Edelaar, Franz J. Weissing
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Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
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My major interests are animal evolution, ecology and ethology, in particular those questions and phenomena combining these three fields. More specifically, I am triggered by questions of inter-individual conflicts such as sexual conflict or sexual selection as well as by intra-individual conflicts like life-history tradeoffs, optimal mate choice or selfish versus cooperative behaviour. I am fascinated by the evolution of cooperative breeding and the complex relationship of costs and benefits of seemingly selfish behaviour in such groups.
During my PhD I will monitor a population of Neolamprologus pulcher in
- Townsend S.W., Zöttl M. & Manser M.B. (2011): All clear? Meerkats attend to contextual information in close calls to coordinate vigilance. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology doi:10.1007/s00265-011-1202-6 [pdf, 178 KB]
Female wing patch predicts pairing status in collared flycatchers. Conference of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), Uppsala/Sweden,Poster
Academic career / Internships
|May â€“ June 2009||Research project: â€śDoes the Female Wing Patch reflect parental quality in Collared Flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis)â€ť Supervisor: Anna QvarnstrĂ¶m|
|Mar 2008 â€“ Apr 2009||MSc (Zoology): University of Vienna - Master project: â€śCosts and benefits of recruitment calling in Meerkats (Suricata suricatta)â€ť. Supervised by Marta Manser at University of ZĂĽrich and Eva Millesi at University of Vienna|
|July - Aug 2007||Internship:
Uppsala University - â€śFemale Wing Patch predicts pairing status in
Collared Flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis)â€ť Supervisor: Anna QvarnstrĂ¶m
|May â€“ June 2007||Field assistant: The Flycatcher Project, Baltic Island Ă–land|
|Jan - Oct 2007||Student: Department of Animal Ecology, Uppsala University|
|2005 - 2007||Research
assistant: Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology - Focus: mate choice in
wild house mice. Group leader: Dustin Penn, Konrad Lorenz Institute for
Konrad Lorenz Research Station Project - â€śSocial foraging of the Bald
Ibis: an experimental approachâ€ť Supervisor: Kurt Kotrschal, University
|Aug 2006||Internship: Island biogeography, University of Vienna and University of Bogor (Indonesia)|
|2003 â€“ 2009||Studying general biology, University of Vienna - Focus: Zoology and Behavioural Biology|
Non academic occupations2005 to 2007 Part time employee (20%) at the Zoo Vienna (Teaching Section)
2002 to 2003 Education as paramedic and 10 month of work for the St. Johns Ambulance