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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

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., Abt Tietje G., Reyer H-U. (2015). Spatial behavior in relation to mating systems: movement patterns, nearest-neighbor distances, and mating success in diploid and polyploid frog hybrids (Pelophylax esculentus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69:501-517. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(1):228-239. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-014-1862-0
  • Hoffmann A., Plötner J., Pruvost N.B.M., Christiansen D.G., Röthlisberger S., Choleva L., Mikulicek P., Cogalniceanu D., Sas-Kovacs I., Shabanov D., Morozov-Leonov S., Reyer H-U. (2015). Genetic diversity and distribution patterns of diploid and polyploid hybrid water frog populations ( Pelophylax esculentus complex) across Europe. Molecular Ecology, 24:4371-4391. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13325
  • Pruvost NBM., Mikulicek O., Choleva L., Reyer H-U. (2015). Contrasting reproductive strategies of triploid hybrid males in vertebrate mating systems. J. Evol. Biol. 28: 189-204. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12556
  • Reyer H-U., Arioli-Jakob C., Arioli M. (2015). Post-zygotic selection against parental genotypes during larval development maintains all-hybrid populations of the frog Pelophylax esculentus. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15(131):1-16. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0404-3
  • 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

Weiterführende Informationen

Uli Reyer

Heinz-Ulrich Reyer

Professor Emeritus

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich
Office: Y13-J-52
Phone: +41 44 635 4980

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