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

  • Giesen A., Schäfer MA., Blanckenhorn WU. (2018). Geographic patterns of postzygotic isolation between two closely related widespread dung fly species (Sepsis cynipsea and Sepsis neocynipsea; Diptera: Sepsidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research:Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12239
  • Conforti S., Dietrich J., Kuhn T., van Koppenhagen N., Baur J., Rohner PT., Blanckenhorn WU.,Schäfer MA. (2018). Comparative effects of the parasiticide ivermectin on survival and reproduction of adult sepsid flies. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 163:215-222. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.07.029
  • Schäfer MA., Berger D., Rohner PT., Kjaersgaard A., Bauerfeind SS., Guillaume F., Fox CW., Blanckenhorn WU. (2018). Geographic clines in wing morphology relate to colonization history in New World but not Old World populations of yellow dung flies. Evolution, 72(8):1629-1644. DOI: 10.1111/evo.13517
  • Blanckenhorn WU., Bauerfeind SS., Berger D., Davidowitz G., Fox CW., Guillaume F., Nakamura S., Nishimura K., Sasaki H., Stillwell RC., Tachi T., Schäfer MA. (2018). Life history traits, but not body size, vary systematically along latitudinal gradients on three continents in the widespread yellow dung fly. Ecography, 41(12):2080-2091. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03752
  • Bauerfeind SS., Schäfer MA., Berger D., Blanckenhorn WU., Fox CW. (2018). Replicated latitudinal clines in reproductive traits of European and North American yellow dung flies. Oikos, 127(11):1619-1632. DOI: 10.1111/oik.05421