Unit for Theoretical Biology

Unit for Theoretical Biology

The work in our unit is motivated by theoretical and conceptual questions in organismal evolutionary biology. Systemic properties of organisms, such as developmental and physiological processes, as well as their interactions with the environment, strongly influence their ability to respond to selection and to evolve. Our goal is to identify and understand these interactions in order to explain how the enormous diversity of life has evolved and continues to evolve. In pursuit of this general goal, we apply and advance theoretical, biometric, comparative, and experimental research methods.

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New paper in Journal of Vertebrate Biology

Schindleria nana, a new extremely progenetic gobiid fish species (Teleostei: Gobiiformes: Gobiidae) from Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia


Marcel Vermeulen BSc

Phenotypic divergence across a flow regime in the Blackspot barb Dawkinsia filamentosa (Valenciennes 1844) (Teleostei:...


New paper in Cymbium

Dapalis pauciserratus, a new species of freshwater glassfishes (Teleostei, Ambassidae) from the Lower Oligocene of the Central Paratethys


Nadine Lehofer MSc

Movement and activity ranges of the European green toad (Bufotes viridis) in an urban area compared to a natural habitat


New paper in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

Seasonal variations of a coastal fish community in relation to environmental parameters - A case study of the Sylt-Rømø Bight, southeastern North Sea


Severin Bachmayer MSc

Molecular and morphological mechanisms in the ovary of middle-aged mice causing delayed Progesterone withdrawal