Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

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


Media release, University of Bern


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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commentary on Fischer et al

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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Mathilde Bessert-Nettelbeck - Ph.D. student



Email: mathilde.bessert@iee.unibe.ch

Phone:  +41 31 631 9134

Research Interest

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 pulcher’s social behavior.
In collaboration with Nadia Aubin-Horth (Laval University, Canada) I analyze changes in gene expression of fish with different social backgrounds.


Bessert-Nettelbeck, M. (2010) The purple Colouration of the Orchid Dottyback Pseudochromis fridmani: a Mechanism of Predator Deception? Diploma Thesis, University of Tübingen

Curriculum Vitae

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 Universität Tübingen
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Nico Michiels
Titel: „The purple Colouration of the Orchid Dottyback Pseudochromis fridmani: a Mechanism of Predator Deception? “
2003 - 2010 Diploma in Biology
Eberhardt Karls Universität Tübingen
2006 Exchange Semester at the University of Western Australia
Perth, Australien
2003 Abitur at the Französisches Gymnasium zu Berlin, Germany