Heinz-Ulrich Reyer

Research Interests

Behavioural ecology, mating strategies, sexual and asexual reproduction, population structure and dynamics, speciation and hybridization


Education and Professional Positions

since 2012 Professor Emeritus
2010 - 2012 Managing Director, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2005 - 2009 Director, Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2002 - 2003 Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
1995 - 1996 Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1988 - 2012 Professor for Zoology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1984 - 1985 Visiting Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., USA
1975 - 1988 Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Seewiesen, Germany
1967 - 1975 University education in Hamburg, Freiburg (Diploma 1972) and Munich (Ph.D. 1975), Germany

Selected Publications

  • Hoffmann A., Reyer H-U. (2013). Genomic effects on advertisement call structure in diploid and triploid hybrid waterfrogs (Anura, Pelophylax esculentus). BMC Ecology, 13:47. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6785-13-47
  • Pruvost NBM., Hoffmann A., Reyer H-U. (2013). Gamete production patterns, ploidy, and population genetics reveal evolutionary significant units in hybrid water frogs (Pelophylax esculentus). Ecology and Evolution, 3(9):2933-29461002/ece3.687 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.687
  • Pruvost NBM., Hollinger D., Reyer H-U. (2013). Genotype-temperature interactions on larval performance shape population structure in hybridogenetic water frogs (Pelophylax esculentus complex). Functional Ecology, 27:459-471. DOI: 101111/1365-2435.12049
  • Stöhr AC., Hoffmann A., Papp T., Pruvost NBM., Reyer H-U., Marschang RE. (2013). Long-term study of an infection with ranaviruses in a group of edible frogs (Pelophylaxkl.esculentus) and partial characterization of two viruses based on four genomic regions. The Veterinary Journal, 197:238-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.02.014
  • Embrechts E., Reyer H-U. (2012). Age and size of hybrid water frogs: The role of genotype and ecology. Herpetologica, 68(4):468-481. DOI: 10.1655/HERPETOLOGICA-D-11-00083
  • Christiansen DG., Reyer H-U. (2011). Effects of geographic distance, sea barriers and habitat on the genetic structure and diversity of all-hybrid water frog populations. Heredity, 106(1):25-36. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2010.37
  • Arioli M., Jakob C., Reyer H-U. (2010). Genetic diversity in water frog hybrids (Pelophylax esculentus) varies with population structure and geographic location. Molecular Ecology, 19(9):1814-1828. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04603.x
  • Christiansen DG., Jakob C., Arioli M., Roetlisberger S., Reyer H-U. (2010). Coexistence of diploid and triploid hybrid water frogs: population differences persist in the apparent absence of differential survival. BMC Ecology, 10:14. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6785-10-14
  • Jakob C., Arioli M., Reyer H-U. (2010). Ploidy composition in all-hybrid frog populations in relation to ecological conditions. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 12:633-652
  • Christiansen DG., Reyer H-U. (2009). From clonal to sexual hybrids: Genetic recombination via triploids in all-hybrid populations of water frogs. Evolution, 63(7):1754-1768. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00673.x