26th DZG Graduate Meeting
Evolutionary Biology

Animal Communication & Sexual Selection

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May 10
th – 12th 2021 – online meeting

The 26th DZG Graduate Meeting Evolutionary Biology will be organized by the General & Systematic Zoology Section, Zoological Institute & Museum, University of Greifswald in May 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will meet on a virtual platform to present current projects, facilitate scientific discussions and connect people, with no registration fees for participants. While the main topic is “Animal Communication & Sexual Selection”, all early-career scholars of evolutionary biology are welcome to present and discuss their research plans and/or results.

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13:00 Welcome: Monika Eberhard
Session 1 Chair: Philip Steinhoff
13:10 Magdalena Matzke (Munich) – Effects of pre-mating and post-mating selection on reproductive trait evolution in the field cricket
13:35 Pooja Anilkumar (Bonn) – Why do females stridulate – vibrations and sound production in the Indian giant pill-millipedes, genus Arthrosphaera (Diplopoda, Sphaerotheriida, Arthrosphaeridae)
14:00 – 14:20 Coffee Break
14:20 Alexander Hutfluss (Munich) Individual differences and plasticity in the stability of bird song
14:45 Navina Lilie (Bielefeld) – Male social niche conformance? Effects of experimental manipulation of sperm competition risk on behaviour and hormones in zebra finches
15:10 – 15:20 Coffee Break
15:20 Keynote 1: Michael Reichert – How do receivers integrate information in complex signals, and in noisy environments?
16:20 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Get together – networking, meet & greet – Platform WONDER.ME


Session 2 Chair: Jonas Wolff
13:00 Travers Sansom (Sydney)Vibration sensing organs in Isoptera: A review into their function, evolution and importance versus other sensory modalities
13:25 Marisa Tietge (Berlin) – Sexually selected behaviors and vocalizations in pale spear-nosed bats
13:50 – 14:00 Coffee Break
14:00 Sofya Dolotovskaya (Göttingen) – Genetic monogamy and mate choice in a pair-living primate
14:25 Sabina Avosani (Trento, Italy)Vibrational communication and mating behavior of the meadow spittlebug Philaenus spumarius (Hemiptera : Aphrophoridae)
14:50 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 Laura Japke (Münster) – The role of larval density on male and female life-history parameters in Drosophila melanogaster
15:25 Nadine Schubert (Bielefeld) – Can the MHC mediate social odour via the microbiota community? A systematic review
15:50 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 Vera Kaunath (Greifswald) -How ground beetles (Carabidae) are attracted to artificial light: Comparison of beetles from urban areas and from a Dark Sky Reserve
16:25 Weizaho Sun (Münster) – Characterization of the first hymenopteran gene that affects both cuticular hydrocarbon biosynthesis and sexual attractiveness
16:50 – 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:00 Exemplary career paths: What can you do with a PhD?*


13:00 Gabriele Uhl – Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Darwin’s Descent of Men
13:50 – 14:00 Coffee Break
Session 3 Chair: Cristina Tuni
14:00 Antoniya Hubancheva (Seewiesen) – A mating call that interferes with the echolocation of predators
14:25 Marius Pohl (Münster) – Socio- and populationgenetic analyses of two West-african ponerine species (Megaponera analis and Paltothyreus tarsatus)
14:50 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 Keynote 2: Eileen Hebets – Causes and Consequences of Modality-Specific Divergence in Reproductive Communication
16:00 Farewell: Monika Eberhard

All times in Central European Time (CEST)

General information

For registration without contribution, please send an email to Monika Eberhard (monika.eberhard@uni-greifswald.de). Links for the Zoom-Meeting and the wonder.me platform will be sent to all registered participants the day before the meeting starts.

We will have 3 invited talks, 14 talks and > 40 participants.

Slots for oral presentations are 15 + 10 min for discussion. Please keep in time!

How to give your presentation in a Zoom meeting? (Please click this link)

If you are unsure how Zoom works, please have a look at the short introduction.

You want to ask a question after a talk?

We will have a chair that keeps an eye on the chat. Please indicate in Zoom by „raising your hand“ or in the chat that you have a question and the chair will call you up by name.

What happens during the breaks?

A break is a break – feel free to use it as you prefer. However, we will provide breakout rooms in which you have the opportunity to ask additional questions to the speakers of the last session or just do Smalltalk.

*Invited guests, “exemplary career paths”​_

Prof. Dr. Claudia Fricke (Head Animal Ecology, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle)

Dr. Anja Junghanns (former PhD @ Uni Greifswald – Teacher, Kairo, Egypt)

Dr. Michael Schöner (Head of the Graduate Academy & University didactic, University Greifswald)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lisa M. Schulte (Head of Department of Wildlife-/Zoo-Animal-Biology and Systematics, Goethe University Frankfurt)

Invited Speakers

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Eileen Hebets, School of Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Michael Reichert, Department of Integrative Biology
Oklahoma State University


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Gabriele Uhl, Zoological Institute & Museum
University of Greifswald


Monika Eberhard
University of Greifswald
Zoological Institute and Museum
General & Systematic Zoology
Loitzer Str. 26
17489 Greifswald, Germany
T: +49 3834 420 4286