The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

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Mon, 12/07/2020 - 5:00pm
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Discovering and Describing Diversity — From Deep-Sea to the ShoreEkin TilicInstitute of Evolutionary Biology, Univ. BonnExploration of our oceans continues to reveal unknown animal species. On average 2000 new marine species are described each year. The discovery of new and curious organisms inhabiting the deep-sea might seem expected; however, the vast number of undescribed species are not limited to these remote habitats. In fact, we still keep finding new species in some of the most studied coastal environments.
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Mon, 12/14/2020 - 5:00pm
Lecture | Students
Some of the most fruitful endeavours to port physical approaches to biology have involved questions of scale. Selective pressures may drive species to grow to different sizes, take on various shapes, and adopt different energetic lifestyles and behaviours, but the laws of physics provide insurmountable boundaries to what is possible, and govern both the internal workings of life, and all interactions with the external environment.
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Mon, 01/11/2021 - 5:00pm
Lecture | Students
While Lycosidae (commonly named wolf spiders) represents dominant predatory macro-arthropods and one of the most diverse spider families in the world (with more than 2400 species currently described), the reasons for such an ecological and evolutionary success are quite unclear. In this presentation, I will review the works we have been doing on this particular taxon over the last two decades.
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Mon, 01/18/2021 - 5:00pm
Lecture | Students
Chemical communication is the evolutionary oldest communication system in the animal kingdom. In amphibians, chemical signaling is well documented in caudates, but because anurans spend a lot of energy in acoustic signaling, chemical communication has received much less attention in this order. However, poison frogs for example use chemical communication during parental care behaviours: They transport their tadpoles to very small water bodies and chemically recognize and avoid cannibalistic tadpoles.
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Mon, 01/25/2021 - 5:00pm
Lecture | Students
Songbirds use vocalizations to communicate with conspecifics. I am investigating how this behavior supports large-scale social processes, and how it is controlled by the bird’s brain. To record vocal and neural activity from several individuals in a social group simultaneously, I exploit “on-bird” radio-telemetric transmission technology. This technique allows to unambiguously assign each vocalization to the bird it was emitted from while preserving the precise temporal relationship between vocal and neural activity of one bird, and between vocalizations of different birds.
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Mon, 02/01/2021 - 5:00pm
Lecture | Students
Previous studies have shown that post-glacial dispersal from human refugia and colonization has shaped up the current genetic structure of many human societies, yet it is not completely clear what temporal and spatial features are behind the current genetic structure of peoples of the Caucasus and explicitly how that relates to paleolithic and mesolithic populations throughout Eurasia and Africa.
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Mon, 02/01/2021 - 5:15pm
Lecture | Students
Previous studies have shown that post-glacial dispersal from human refugia and colonization has shaped up the current genetic structure of manyhuman societies, yet it is not completely clear what temporal and spatial features are behind the current genetic structure of peoples of the Caucasus and explicitly how that relates to paleolithic and mesolithic populations throughout Eurasia and Africa.
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