I am an evolutionary ecologist, a biological discipline that integrates research questions and methods of evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, behavior, genetics, phylogenetics, functional morphology and physiology. With this approach we attempt to achieve a thorough understanding of the whole organism evolution of particularly suitable model organisms, primarily the widespread and economically important yellow dung fly Scathophaga stercoraria, black scavenger flies (Sepsidae) and their close relatives. Hypotheses are generally grounded in theory and tested experimentally in the field and the laboratory or using comparative methods. This may include modeling to generate predictions. In the past I have worked with primates, birds and fish, but primarily insects. Our current research mainly focuses on the evolution of animal life histories, body size and sexual dimorphism, and phenotypic plasticity, particularly in the context of thermal adaptation.
|2004 - present||Titularprofessor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|since 1993||Senior Research Associate and Lecturer at the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|1991 - 1993||NSERC International Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Concordia University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada|
|1990||Ph.D. in Evolutionary Ecology, State University of New York at Albany (USA)|
|1986||Diploma (M.Sc.) in Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany|
|1979 - 1986||Study of Biology, University of Tübingen (D) and Duke University, Durham, NC (USA)|
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