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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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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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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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Jonathan Aeschbacher



Email: jonathan.aeschbacher@iee.unibe.ch

Phone: +41 (0)31 631 9151

Research Interests

I am interested on cooperative behaviour. Because cooperation is widespread in the animal kingdom, it is very interesting to see how it can evolve. Live together is always a challenge, and life find different ways to make it possible. Whether it is between species or within the same species, gender, hierarchy, environmental condition influence the relationships. It is why I focus my master project on the difference between males and females Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in direct and generalized reciprocity.

Curriculum Vitae

08.2014 – 07.2016 Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution with special qualification in Animal Ecology and Conservation, University of Bern
Thesis: "Reciprocal food sharing in male Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus)"; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. M. Taborsky
06.2015 Field practical in marine ecology, Elba, Italy
06.2013 Diploma in plant recognition
08.2011 – 07.2014 Bachelor of Science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Major in Biology. Thesis: "Genetic analysis and characterization of a new mycorrhizal symbiosis mutant in Petunia hybrid"; Supervisor: Dr. D. Reinhardt
Minor in Geography. Thesis: "Fog evolution within 30 years in Broye’s region"; Supervisor: Dr. Prof. Christian Hauck

Contributions at Conferences:

ESC 2016 Talk at the 3rd European Student Conference on Behaviour and Cognition, St Andrew, Scotland
"The influence of gender on reciprocal cooperation in rats"
Biology 2016 Poster presentation in Biology 16’, Lausanne, Switzerland
"Reciprocity in rat for dummies" - Award for best poster in "Evolution"