PNAS - Predation risk drives social complexity in cooperative breeders. Groenewoud, Frommen, Josi, Tanaka, Jungwirth & Taborsky
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Kinship reduces alloparental care in cooperative
cichlids where helpers pay-to-stay
Zoettl M., Heg D., Chervet N. & Taborsky M. (2013)
Social competence: an evolutionary approach
Taborsky, B. & Oliveira, R.F.
Larval helpers and age polyethism in ambrosia beetles
Biedermann P.H.W. & Taborsky M.
Animal personality due to social niche specialisation
Bergmueller R. & Taborsky M.
Environmental Change Enhances Cognitive Abilities in Fish
Kotrschal, A. & Taborsky, B.
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
Cambridge University Press
Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative
Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
Mathilde Bessert-Nettelbeck - Ph.D. student
Phone: +41 31 631 9134
Why do animals behave
the way they do? Both the proximate and ultimate answers to this
question fascinate me. In my Phd project I study the development of
social behavior using molecular techniques.
The cichlid fish Neolamprologus pulcher shows a complex social behavior. The individual variability of these social interactions can be produced by both the environment and the genetic background. I am especially interested in the influence of the social environment on behavior. The social environment young animals experience is known to impact the social behavior of adults in voles, rats, mice and humans. This variation in behavior is rooted in differences in the brain. The analysis of changes in gene expression in the brain can help to disentangle the role of the social environment in shaping Neolamprologus pulcherâ€™s social behavior.
In collaboration with Nadia Aubin-Horth (Laval University, Canada) I analyze changes in gene expression of fish with different social backgrounds.
PublicationsBessert-Nettelbeck, M. (2010) The purple Colouration of the Orchid Dottyback Pseudochromis fridmani: a Mechanism of Predator Deception? Diploma Thesis, University of TÃ¼bingen
|Since 2011||Phd student at the Department of Behavioural Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland. (Supervisors: PD Dr. Barbara Taborsky and Ass. Prof. Dr. Nadia Aubin-Horth, Laval University, Canada)|
|2009 - 2010||Diploma thesis at the Evolutionary Ecology Department , Eberhardt Karls UniversitÃ¤t TÃ¼bingen
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nico Michiels
Titel: â€žThe purple Colouration of the Orchid Dottyback Pseudochromis fridmani: a Mechanism of Predator Deception? â€œ
|2003 - 2010||Diploma in Biology
Eberhardt Karls UniversitÃ¤t TÃ¼bingen
|2006||Exchange Semester at the University of Western Australia
|2003||Abitur at the FranzÃ¶sisches Gymnasium zu Berlin, Germany|