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Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
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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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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.
more information

Christoph Grüter (previous member)

E-Mail: christoph.grueter@esh.unibe.ch

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Curriculum Vitae

October 2004-present PhD in Behavioural Ecology, University of Bern, Switzerland and the Social Insect Group, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Supervisor: Michael Taborsky (Bern) and Walter M. Farina (Buenos Aires) on: Social learning of food odours in honeybees (Apis mellifera).
2002-2003 Masters about biparental care and monogamy in the cichlid fish, Eretmodus cyanostictus at the University of Bern, Division Behavioural Ecology, Supervisor: Michael Taborsky and Barbara Taborsky
2001 - 2002 Studies at the Università Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, with main concern on Zoology and Molecular Biology.
1998 - 2001 Studying biology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, with main concern on Zoology.


Grüter, C. 2003. “Monogamy and bi-parental care in the cichlid fish Eretmodus cyanostictus.” Master’s Thesis, University of Bern, Switzerland, Director: Prof. Michael Taborsky.
Grüter, C. & Taborsky, B. 2004. “Mouthbrooding and biparental care: an unexpected combination, but male brood care pays.” Animal Behaviour, 68: 1283-1289..
Grüter, C. & Taborsky, B. 2005. “Sex ratio and the sexual conflict about brood care in a biparental mouthbrooder.” Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 58: 44-52.
Farina W.M, Grüter C. & Diaz P.C. 2005. “Social learning of floral odours inside the honeybee hive.” Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 272, 1923-1928.
Grüter, C., Acosta, L.E. & Farina, W.M. 2006. “Propagation of olfactory information within the honeybee hive.” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60, 707-713.
Farina, W.M., Grüter, C., Acosta, L.E. & Mc Cabe, S. 2007. “Honeybees learn floral odors while receiving nectar from foragers within the hive.” Naturwissenschaften 94, 55-60.
Grüter, C. & Farina, W.M. 2007. “Nectar distribution and its relation to food quality in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies.” Insectes Sociaux in press.

Presentations at conferences

2003 Grüter, C. & Taborksy, B. “Mouthbrooding and biparental care: a puzzling combination.” Biology 2003, Zurich, Switzerland.
2004 Farina, W.M., Grüter, C. & Diaz, P.C. “Social learning during recruitment in honeybees.” 8th IBRA international conference on tropical bees, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil.
2005 Grüter, C., Diaz, P.C. & Farina, W.M. “Aprendizaje social de olores florales dentro de las colmenas de abejas (Apis mellifera).“ Taller de Neurociencias 2005, Villa Giardino, Argentina.
2005 Grüter, C., Acosta, L.E. & Farina, W.M. “Propagation of olfactory information within honeybee hives.” 3rd European conference on social learning in animals, St. Andrews, Scottland
2005 Grüter, C., Acosta, L.E. & Farina. W.M. “Information propagation within an insect society.” 3rd European congress on social insects, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2006 Acosta, L.E., Grüter, C., McCabe, S. & Farina. W.M. “Condicionamiento oflativo de olores florales en colmenas de abejas.“ VI Argentine congress of Entomology, Tucuman, Argentina.
2006 Grüter, C. & Farina, W.M. “Nectar flow within a honeybee colony and its relation to nectar quality.” 3rd IUSSI Conference on Social Insects, Washington, USA.
2006 Grüter, C. “Der Bienenstock als Informationszentrum: Mehr als eine Tanzbühne.” 1st RedQueen Symposium, Bern, Switzerland.


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