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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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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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Dr. Leif Engqvist



Email: leif.engqvist@iee.unibe.ch

Phone: +41 31 631 91 60

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Research Interests

  • Information use and acquisition in social interactions
  • Evolution and maintenance of intra-specific behavioural variation
  • Evolution of alternative reproductive tactics
  • Function and evolution of nuptial gifts
  • Evolution of sperm allocation strategies
  • Host specialisation and speciation in phytophagous insects

Selected Publications

Engqvist, L. and Taborsky, M. (2016) The evolution of genetic and conditional alternative reproductive tactics. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 283: 20152945

Engqvist, L., Cordes, N. and Reinhold, K. (2015) Evolution of risk-taking during conspicuous mating displays. Evolution 69: 395-406

Baldauf, S.A., Engqvist, L. and Weissing, F.J. (2014): Diversifying evolution of competitiveness. Nat. Comm. 5:5233

Engqvist, L. (2013): A general description of additive and non-additive elements of sperm competitiveness and their relation to male fertilization success. Evolution

Engqvist, L. (2012): Evolutionary modeling predicts a decrease in postcopulatory sperm viability as a response to increasing levels of sperm competition. Am. Nat. 179: 667-677

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Curriculum Vitae

2014-2017 Researcher, Department of Beahvioural Ecology, University Bern, Switzerland
2011-2013 Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Department of Evolutionary Biology, Bielefeld University
2008-2011 Lecturer and Research Associate (University Docent) in Theoretical Biology at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen
2008 Interim Professor (temporary vacancy) in Zoology at the Zoological Institute & Museum, Greifswald University
2004-2008 Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent), Department of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Ecology, University of Bonn
2002-2004 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (German Research Foundation), Department of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Ecology, University of Bonn
1997-2001 PhD-Student, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Ecology, University of Bonn