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.
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
Master projects are available in our group! Possible projects focus on eco-evolutionary dynamics in fragmented landscapes. Using both theoretical and/or experimental evolution approaches, the aim of the projects is to investigate the joint effects of