Theoretical Ecology and Evolution

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Welcome to the web page of the Division Theoretical Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern. Here you can follow the latest lab news (below) or learn more about our team members, research, publications and more!

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Upcoming events


21.05.2024 We are hosting Meike Wittmann, Professor of Theoretical Biology at Bielefeld University, for an IEE seminar titled “Modelling the consequences of intraspecific trait variation and individual-environment interactions for population dynamics in a changing environment”.


23.05.2024 We are hosting Augustin Fragniere, deputy director of the Competence Centre in Sustainability at University of Lausanne, for a BTE seminar titled “Should academics engage in activism and advocacy? Insights from a collective reflection at the University of Lausanne”.


Past events


13.05.2024: We are hosting Florian Labourel, Postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratoire de Chimie Bactérienne, Marseille, France, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting.


24.04.2024: We are hosting Michael Gerth, leader of the Symbiont Evolution group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig, Germany, as an invited speaker for the BTE Spring seminar to give a talk about “Host shifts and the evolution of arthropod symbionts”.


12.04.2024 We congratulate Loraine from our group and Flávia Schlichta, for obtaining a grant from the Equal Opportunity Commission of the Faculty of Science at the University of Bern, to have a workshop on “Gender and Diversity in Academia: What’s My Share?” that will take place in the IEE on 12.04.2024 and is open for students of all levels in the Biology Department. Signup here


08.04.2024: We are hosting Pooja Singh, Postdoctoral researcher in the Aquatic Ecology & Evolution lab, University of Bern, and EAWAG as an invited speaker for our lab meeting.


11.03.2024: We are hosting Thomas Flatt, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Fribourg, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting to give a talk about “Unravelling How Balancing Selection Maintains Inversion Polymorphism”


04.03.2024: We are hosting Ksenia Khudiakova, PhD student in the Barton Group, Institude of Science and Technology, Austria, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting to give a talk about “The impact of sign epistasis on the maintenance of genetic diversity”


05.02.2024: We are hosting Magdalena Bohutinska, Marie Curie Global Postdoctoral fellow in the Evolutionary Ecology lab, University of Bern, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting to give a talk about “Genetics of repeated adaptation in alpine Arabidopsis and beyond”


18-19.01.2024: The lab is actively participating at the Biology 24 conference in Zurich, Switzerland: Russ is giving a talk, and Julio and Loraine are presenting a poster


10.01.2024: Welcome to our new postdoctoral researcher, Catalina Chaparro Pedraza


01.01.2024: Welcome to our new associated postdoctoral researcher, Zachary Bailey, working mainly in the Terrestial ecology group at the University of Bern.


28.11.2023 - We are hosting Thomas Lenormand, CNRS researcher at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), France, for an IEE seminar


27.11.2023 - We are hosting Gian Marco Palamara, Research associate at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting.


23.11.2023 - We congratulate Ana-Hermina Ghenu, PhD student in our lab, for succesfully defending her PhD titled “Fitness landscapes for predicting evolution between environments”


13.11.2023 - We are hosting Christian Tentellino, Postdoc at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting.


23.10.2023 - We are hosting Ailene McPherson, Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the Simon Fraser University, Canada, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting.


17.10.2023 - We are hosting Andrea Sweigart, Professor in the genetics department at the University of Georgia, USA, for an IEE seminar.


13.10.2023 - We congratulate Jessica Rieder, associated PhD student in our lab, for succesfully defending her PhD titled “Environmental DNA methods for monitoring and detection of aquatic bacteria in recitculating aquaculture systems”


09.10.2023 - We are hosting Vitor Sudbrack, PhD student in the Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology group at the University of Lausanne, as an invited speaker for our lab meeting.


16.08.2023 We are hosting Lindi Wahl, Professor in the applied mathematics department at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, for a seminar.


26.06.2023 We are hosting Swastik Patnaik, an associated master student in our lab, as an invited speaker for our Lab meeting


05.06.2023: We are hosting Charlotte Ng, Group Leader at the University of Bern, Switzerland, as invited speaker for our Lab meeting


31.05.2023 We congratulate Giulia Capella and Henrik Jasper for presenting their bachelor thesis


31.05.2023: We are hosting Adria LeBoeuf, Assistant Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, for a BTE Spring seminar


22.05.2023: We are hosting Justus Fink, PhD student in the Theoretical Biology group, ETH Zürich, as invited speaker for our Lab meeting


10.05.2023: We are hosting Inês Fragata, Researcher at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, for a BTE Spring seminar


26.04.2023: We are hosting Daven Presgraves, Professor at the University of Rochester, USA, for a BTE Spring seminar


05.04.2023: We are hosting Meike Wortel, Assistent Professor at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Netherlands, for a BTE Spring seminar


06.03.2023: We are hosting Judith Boumann, Post-Doc at the Interfaculty Platform for Data and Computational Science, University of Bern, as invited speaker for our Lab meeting


01.03.2023: We are hosting Catalina Chaparro Pedraza, Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the EAWAG, Switzerland, for a BTE Spring seminar


13.02.2023: We are hosting Alexandre Rego, PhD student in Rike Stelkens’ lab at the University of Stockholm, for a talk with title: “Dynamics and outcomes of adaptation to complex environments in Saccharomyces cerevisiae”


01.02.2023: Welcome to our 2 new PhD students Julio Ayala and Russ Jasper


16.01.2023: We are hosting Stefan Struett, Post-Doc in CMPG lab (co-supervised by Excoffier & Peischl), University of Berne, as invited speaker for our Lab meeting to give a talk about “Demographic inference under weak negative selection without recombination”


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