Our group uses theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of species interactions and disease. We integrate eco-evolutionary processes in dynamical landscapes, which incorporates issues such as spatio-temporal variation in environmental conditions, disturbance and connectivity (dispersal). We also study cancer evolution, the evolution of social strategies and innovations. Our main experimental systems are protozoan model species (Tetrahymena, Paramecium) and their natural enemies (Didinium, Holospora), as well as bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and their lytic phages.
New EEC team mates in 2019: Giacomo Zilio has started a postdoc financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Louise Noergaard has travelled the Seven Seas from Australia for a short-term collaborative project to
In a recent paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution two EEC members, Oliver Kaltz and Emanuel Fronhofer, investigate how dispersal, a central life-history trait, is influenced by the food web context, specifically, bottom-up and
In a project lead by Alison Duncan, we have published an article in OIKOS, looking at population-level outcomes of competition between three parasites of Paramecium caudatum. Duncan, A., Dusi, E., Schrallhammer, M., Berendonk, T., &
EEC is looking for PhD candidates. Emanuel and Oliver have advertised PhD projects at the GAIA doctoral school (Université de Montpellier). Project descriptions are here (Emanuel) and here (Oliver). Contact us if you are interested!
Lilia Galvez has joined EEC for a three-month master project, together with Emanuel and Oliver. Using a protist model system, Lilia will explore eco-evolutionary dynamics during community range expansions.
In a Russian-German-Italien collaboration lead by Martina Schrallhammer, we have published an article in FEMS Microbiology, investigating phylogenetic position, life-history characteristics and host range of a bacterial symbiont of Paramecium. Alexey Potekhin, Michael Schweikert, Irina