Martin Schäfer

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Wolf Blanckenhorn)

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on evolutionary ecology and population genetics. I am particularly interested in how sexual selection, drift and gene flow interact and contribute to phenotypic and genetic divergence between lineages. In order to approach these questions I use a variety of methods including fitness experiments in the laboratory, quantitative genetics as well as molecular tools.

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Education and Professional Positions

2011 - present Post-doctoral research assistant, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2009 - 2011 Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2007 - 2009 Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - 2006 Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
1999 - 2004 Ph.D. Thesis, Institute of Zoology, University of Bonn, Germany
1991 - 1999 M.Sc. Thesis, Institute of Zoology, University of Bonn, Germany

Selected Publications

  • Blanckenhorn WU., Gautier R., Nick M., Puniamoorthy N., Schäfer MA. (2014) Stage- and sex-specific heat tolerance in the yellow dung fly. Journal of Thermal Biology 46, 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2014.09.007
  • Puniamoorthy N., Schäfer MA., Römbke J., Meier R., Blanckenhorn WU. (2014) Ivermectin sensitivity is an ancient trait affecting all ecdysozoa but shows phylogenetic clustering among sepsid flies. Evolutionary Applications 7, 548-554. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12152
  • Schäfer MA., Berger D., Jochmann R., Blanckenhorn WU., Bussière LF. (2013) The developmental plasticity and functional significance of an additional sperm storage compartment in female yellow dung flies. Functional Ecology 27: 1392–1402. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12134
  • Blanckenhorn WU., Puniamoorthy N., Schäfer MA, Scheffczyk A., Römbke J. (2013) Standardized laboratory tests with 21 species of temperate and tropical sepsid flies confirm their suitability as bioassays of pharmaceutical residues (ivermectin) in cattle dung. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 89: 21–28. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2012.10.020
  • Puniamoorthy N., Blanckenhorn WU., Schäfer MA. (2012) Differential investment in pre- vs. post-copulatory sexual selection reinforces a cross-continental reversal of sexual size dimorphism in Sepsis punctum (Diptera: Sepsidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2253–2263. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02605.x
  • Puniamoorthy N., Schäfer MA., Blanckenhorn WU. (2012) Sexual selection accounts for the geographic reversal of sexual size dimorphism in the dung fly Sepsis punctum (Diptera Sepsidae). Evolution 66: 2117–2126. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01599.x
  • Lagisz M., Wen SY., Routtu J., Klappert K., Mazzi D., Morales-Hojas R., Schäfer MA., Vieira J., Hoikkala A., Ritchie MG., Butlin RK. (2012) Two distinct genomic regions, harbouring the period and fruitless genes, affect male courtship song in Drosophila montana. Heredity 108: 602–608. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2011.129
  • Schäfer MA., Routtu J., Vieira J., Hoikkala A., Ritchie MG., Schlötterer C. (2011) Multiple quantitative trait loci influence intra-specific variation in genital morphology between phylogenetically distinct lines of Drosophila montana. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1879–1886. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02316.x
  • Berger D., Bauerfeind SS., Blanckenhorn WU., Schäfer MA. (2011) High temperatures reveal cryptic genetic variation in a polymorphic female sperm storage organ. Evolution 65: 2830–2842. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01392.x