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New Paper in BMC Evolutionary Biology (March 16th, 2017)

Scherholz M, Redl E, Wollesen T, de Oliveira AL, Todt C & Wanninger A. 2017.
Ancestral and novel roles of Pax family genes in mollusks.
BMC Evolutionary Biology (2017) 17:81.
DOI 10.1186/s12862-017-0919-x, available online, IF


New Paper in Scientific Reports (March 14th, 2017)

Kratochvil HGPollirer M. 2017.
Acoustic effects during photosynthesis of aquatic plants enable new research opportunities. 
Scientific Reports 7: 44526  DOI: 10.1038/srep44526 (2017), 
published: 14 March 2017
available online, IF

Further media response:
Der Standard (15.03.17, Forschung Spezial,p39): Wie man singende Wasserpflanzen belauschen kann.
APA-SCIENCE (16.3.17)Wasserpflanzen-Schallimpulse: Photosynthese zum Zuhören und Messen
APA-SCIENCE (16.3.17): Photosynthese: Akustische Effekte bei Pflanzen gemessen
science.ORF.at (16.3.17): Photosynthese zum Zuhören
Radio - Ö1 Dimensionen (17.3.17):  Grüner Lauschangriff. (available online until 24.3.2017 18:00)
derStandard.at (20.3.17): Wie man singende Wasserpflanzen belauschen kann


New Paper in Herpetozoa (March 10th, 2017)

Kollarits D, Wappl C & Ringler M. 2017.
The role of temporal call structure in species recognition of male Allobates talamancae (Cope, 1875): (Anura: Dendrobatidae).
Herpetozoa. 2017 Jan 30; 29(3-4): 115–124.
available online, IF


New "Hochschulraumstrukturmittel (HRSM)"-Project (March 7th, 2017)

Gerhard Steiner
Austrian Barcode of Life (ABOL). Evertebrata varia.
Start: 01.03.2017

www.abol.ac.at


New Paper in Scientific Reports (March 6th, 2017)

Ringler E, Beck KB, Weinlein S, Huber L & Ringler M. 2017.
Adopt, ignore, or kill? Male poison frogs adjust parental decisions according to their territorial status.
Scientific Reports 7:43544,  DOI: 10.1038/srep43544, published: 06 March 2017
available online


New PhD Student in March 2017 - Welcome to the Department (March 2nd 2017)

David Salamanca
Hox gene expression in the zebra mussel Dreissena.
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger


Departmental Seminar Winter Term 2016 - Abstracts online! (February 22nd, 2017)

The abstract booklet of the Departmental Seminar of Integrative Zoology (Winter Term 2016) is now available as PDF.

For the printed version of the booklet please contact Sonja Matus.


Lab Manager Position available (February 3rd, 2017)

Laboratory Manager 
for the Molecular Laboratories
at the Department of Integrative Zoology

For further information see the advertisement at the Job Centre of the University of Vienna. The application deadline is 22 February 2017.


New Paper in Acta ZooBot Austria (January 17th, 2017)

Milasowszky N, Waitzbauer W, Zulka KP. 2016.
A tale of two plots: Welche Geschichte erzählen zwei Trockenrasen-Spinnengemeinschaften über die Beweidung im Seewinkel?
Acta ZooBot Austria 153: 107–121.


New Paper in BCBEA (December 30th, 2016)

Sauberer N, Gereben-Krenn B-A, Milasowszky N & Zulka KP 2016.
Der Trockenrasen Schranawand, ein neues Naturdenkmal in der Feuchten Ebene des Wiener Beckens (Ebreichsdorf, Niederösterreich).
Biodiversität und Naturschutz in Ostösterreich - BCBEA 2/2: 122–136.
available online


New Paper in Journal of Experimental Zoology (December 19th, 2016)

Redl E, Scherholz M, Wollesen T, Todt C & Wanninger A. 2016.
Cell Proliferation Pattern and Twist Expression in an Aplacophoran Mollusk Argue Against Segmented Ancestry of Mollusca.
J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 00:1-15, DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22714
available online


New Paper in Zoological Letters (December 9th, 2016)

Schwaha T, Hirose M & Wanninger A. 2016.
The life of the freshwater bryozoan Stephanella hina (Bryozoa, Phylactolaemata)—a crucial key to elucidating bryozoan evolution.
Zoological Letters 2016 2:25, DOI: 10.1186/s40851-016-0060-5
available online


Tenure-Track Position available (December 7th, 2016)

Tenure-Track Position for the field of
Evolutionary Morphology

For further information see the advertisement at the Job Centre of the University of Vienna. The application deadline is 28 February 2017.


Visiting PhD Students in December 2016 - Welcome to the Department (December 6th, 2016)

Yoana Georgieva and Stefania Klayn,
two PhD candidates from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research from the Bulgarian Academy of Science are vistiting the Department of Integrative Zoology
(December 5th - December 11th 2016).


New Paper in Science (December 3rd, 2016)

Verheyen E, et al (Lamboj A). 2016.
Oil extraction imperils Africa's Great Lakes .
Science 04 Nov 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6312, pp. 561-562
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1722
available online


New Papers in Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik (November 29th, 2016)

Zulka KP & Milasowszky N. 2016.
Agonum monachum (Duftschmid, 1812) (Coleoptera: Carabidae) im Seewinkel (Österreich) wiederentdeckt. 
Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik 17: 147–151.

Zulka KP, Tadler A, Hörweg Ch & Milasowszky N. 2016.
Nosferatu in Wien – Zoropsis spinimana (Dufour, 1820) in drei Wiener Gemeindebezirken nachgewiesen (Arachnida: Araneae: Zoropsidae).
Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik 17: 158-163.

Milasowszky N, Hepner M, Komposch Ch & Zulka KP. 2016.
Erstnachweise von Drassyllus vinealis (Kulczyński, 1897) und Erigone autumnalis Emerton, 1882 (Arachnida: Araneae: Gnaphosidae, Linyphiidae) in Österreich.
Beiträge zur Entomofaunistik 17: 163-167.


New Papers in Biodiversität und Naturschutz in Ostösterreich - BCBEA  (November 29th, 2016)

Milasowszky N & Zulka KP. 2016.
Die epigäische Spinnenfauna eines Trockenrasen‐Schwarzföhrenaufforstung-Ökotons auf dem Garnisonsübungsplatz Großmittel (Niederösterreich).  
Biodiversität und Naturschutz in Ostösterreich - BCBEA 2/1: 58–70. available online

Sauberer N, Bieringer G, Gereben-Krenn B-A, Holzinger W, Milasowszky N, Panrok A, Schuh Th, Till W & Zulka KP . 2016.
Flora, Fauna und Management der Trockenlebensräume beim „Busserltunnel“, dem ältesten Bahntunnel Österreichs (Niederösterreich, Traiskirchen).  
Biodiversität und Naturschutz in Ostösterreich - BCBEA 2/1: 71–96. available online


New Paper in Zoological Letters (November 28th, 2016)

Wolff JO, Schwaha T, Seiter M & Gorb SN. 2016.
Whip spiders (Amblypygi) become water-repellent by a colloidal secretion that self-assembles into hierarchical microstructures.
Zoological Letters 2016 2:23, DOI: 10.1186/s40851-016-0059-y
available online


New Paper in Developmental Biology (November 28th, 2016)

Gaiti F, Calcino AD, Tanurdžić M & Degnana BM. 2016.
Origin and evolution of the metazoan non-coding regulatory genome.
Developmental Biology, in press, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ydbio.2016.11.013
available online


New Paper in BMC Genomics (November 11th, 2016)

De Oliveira AL, Wollesen T, Kristof A, Scherholz M, Redl E, Todt C, Bleidorn C & Wanninger A. 2016.
Comparative transcriptomics enlarges the toolkit of known developmental genes in mollusks.
BMC Genomics 201617:905, DOI: 10.1186/s12864-016-3080-9,
available online


New "Interdisciplinary Research Networks"-Project funded by the Faculty of Lifesciences 
(October 27th, 2016)

Flower visiting beetles as potential pollinators.
Harald Krenn, Department of Integrative Zoology
Jürg Schönenberger, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research

faculty news, Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften
November 2016


New Article in faculty research news der Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften (October 27th, 2016)

Eva Ringler
Flexible Brutpflege bei Fröschen.
faculty research news, Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften
October 2016


New Article in faculty research news der Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften (October 27th, 2016)

Andreas Wanninger
Die Zebramuschel als Modellorganismus.
faculty research news, Fakultät für Lebenswissenschaften
October 2016


New Paper in Journal of Experimental Biology (October 19th, 2016)

Böhm A & Pass G. 2016.
The ocelli of Archaeognatha (Hexapoda): functional morphology, pigment migration and chemical nature of the reflective tapetum.
J Exp Biol 2016 219:3039-3048. Posted Online July 28, 2016, doi:10.1242/jeb.141275, available online


New Paper in Frontiers in Zoology (October 19th, 2016)

Nödl MT, Kerbl A, Walzl MG, Müller GB & de Couet HG. 2016.
The cephalopod arm crown: appendage formation and differentiation in the Hawaiian bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes.
Frontiers in Zoology201613:44. doi:10.1186/s12983-016-0175-8, available online


New Masters and Diploma Students in October 2016 - Welcome to the Department (October 18th, 2016)

Ria Sonnleitner
Advisor:
Eva Ringler

Sandra Spring
Advisor:
Eva Ringler


New Paper in Ethology (October 13th, 2016)

Deventer SA, Uhl F, Bugnyar T, Miller R, Fitch WT, Schiestl M, Ringler M & Schwab C. 2016.
Behavioural type affects space use in a wild population of crows (Corvus corone).
Ethology, 122: 881–891. doi:10.1111/eth.12536, available online


New Masters and Diploma Students in October 2016 - Welcome to the Department (October 4th, 2016)

Andrea Jäger
Advisor:
Helmut Kratochvil

Magdalena Sammer
Advisor:
Gerhard Steiner

Christina Kaurin
Advisor:
Christian Beisser

Sabine Schoder
Advisor:
Harald Krenn

Sophia Stojan
Advisors:
Barbara Gereben-Krenn,
Harald Krenn

Maria Wielscher
Advisors:
Barbara Gereben-Krenn,
Harald Krenn


Congratulations! (September 20th 2016)

Diplomprüfung - Tuesday, September 20th 2016

Katrin Diensthuber
The morphology of the labial palpi of Heliconius butterflies.  
Advisor: Harald Krenn


Congratulations! (September 12th 2016)

Public Defensio mit Bestnote! - Monday, September 12th 2016

Andreas Kleewein
Allochthone Wasserschildkröten in Österreich: Ökologische, ethologische, biogeografische und naturschutzrelevante Aspekte.
Advisor: Walter Hödl


New Diploma Student in September 2016 - Welcome to the Department (September 6th 2016)

Anna-Sophie Haider
Cooperative behaviour of Cebus apellaLemur catta and Saimiri boliviensis in captive environment.
Advisor: Helmut Kratochvil


New FWF-Project (September 5th, 2016)

Andreas Wanninger
Morphogenesis, Hox and ParaHox gene expression in the invasive zebra mussel.
P 29455 Einzelprojekte
decision board: 2016/06/27
lifetime: 2017/01/01-2019/12/31

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Mollusca is a highly diverse animal group that includes popular representatives such as the gastropods (snails and slugs), cephalopods (squids and octopuses), and bivalves (oysters, cockles, clams), as well as lesser-known groups such as worm-like forms (the aplacophorans) or the polyplacophorans with eight shell plates. Being one of the most diverse assemblages of animals, molluscs are ideally suited for evolutionary studies into how morphological variation may evolve. However, data on their development using modern methods such as gene expression analyses or high-end microscopy techniques are still scarce, especially for the bivalves, which, in addition to their relevance for evolutionary studies, are also of considerable economic value as an important protein resource. The present project will combine morphological analyses such as fluorescence labeling, various microscopy applications, and 3D-reconstruction software in order to  reconstruct the development of important organ systems during development from the free-swimming larva to the settled, benthic juvenile in the local species Dreissena polymorpha (commonly known as zebra mussel). These data will aid in achieving the central goal of the study, which is to reveal the expression of important genes (the Hox and ParaHox genes) in the respective developmental stages of this bivalve. By comparing the obtained data to the few accounts available for gastropods and cephalopods, we will significantly contribute to the question as to whether these genes are expressed in similar body regions and/or organ systems as in their related groups (and therefore are likely to serve similar functions), or whether the Hox and ParaHox genes may have putative different functions in bivalves. Despite these evolutionary questions, this project will also be of relevance for environmental, ecological, and economical issues, because Dreissena is an important biofouling species that attaches by aid of their so-called byssus threads to, e.g., water and sewage pipelines (which may lead to clogging of these systems). In addition, these animals are highly efficient filter-feeders with a high reproductive output, which has led to severe decline of other local species in Northern America and Europe (e.g., endangered unionid bivalves). The gene sequence data generated in this project may also be used in numerous other future projects, e.g., those concerned with unraveling the protein composition of the  above-mentioned delicate, yet sturdy, byssus threads, an emerging biomaterial of putative high potential for the applied physical sciences.


Congratulations! (August 31st, 2016)

Master's Defensio - Wednesday, August 31st 2016

Anna Pavlicek
Neurogenesis in the invasive zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha (Mollusca: Bivalvia).
Advisor: Andreas Wanninger


New Paper in Biodiversity and Conservation (August 17th, 2016)

Nesshöver C, Vandewalle M, Wittmer H, Balian EV, Carmen E, Geijzendorffer IR, Görg C, Jongman R, Livoreil B, Santamaria L, Schindler S, Settele J, Sousa Pinto I, Török K, Van Dijk J, Watt AD, Young JC & Zulka KP. 2016  
The Network of Knowledge approach: improving the science and society dialogue on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe. 
Biodivers Conserv (2016) 25: 1215. doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1127-5, available online


New Paper in Biodiversity and Conservation (August 17th, 2016)

Schindler S, Livoreil B, Sousa Pinto I, Araújo RM, Zulka KP, Pullin AS, Santamaria L, Kropik M, Fernández-Méndez P & Wrbka T. 2016
The network BiodiversityKnowledge in practice: insights from three trial assessments. 
Biodivers Conserv (2016) 25: 1301. doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1128-4, available online


Congratulations! (August 17th, 2016)

Diplomprüfung - Wednesday, August 17th 2016

Bianca Matulik
Form and function of the mouthparts of adult wasps Paravespula vulgaris und Paravespula germanica.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


New Paper in Bird Study (August 16th, 2016)

Kreiderits A, Gamauf A, Krenn HW & Sumasgutner P. 2016.
Investigating the influence of local weather conditions and alternative prey composition on the breeding performance of urban Eurasian Kestrels Falco tinnunculus.
Bird Study, available online


The World Congress of Malacology 2016
Second prize in the Student Oral Presentation Competition (August 16th, 2016)

Mag. Emanuel Redl

On July 24th 2016 Emanuel Redl received the 2nd prize in the Student Oral Presentation Competition for his presentation entitled
"Cell proliferation pattern and twist expression in an aplacophoran mollusk argue against segmented ancestry of mollusca".


New Masters Student in August 2016 - Welcome to the Department (August 2nd, 2016)

Kathrin Lunzer Bsc
Segmentation genes in polyplacophoran mollusks.
Advisors: Tim Wollesen, Andreas Wanninger


Congratulations! (July 2016)

Master's Defensio - July 2016

Kristina Beck
Tadpole transport trajectories in Allobates femoralis.
Advisors: Walter Hödl, Max Ringler


New Diploma Student in July 2016 - Welcome to the Department (July 21st, 2016)

Verena Wiesinger
Feeding mechanism of Calyptocephalella gayi.
Advisor: Patrick Lemell


Congratulations! (July 19th, 2016)

Master's Defensio - Friday, June 17th 2016

Elisabeth Hölzl
Effects of environmental enrichment on the behaviour of captive ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta).
Advisor: Helmut Kratochvil


New Masters Student in June 2016 - Welcome to the Department (June 21st, 2016)

Markus Klamt

Advisor:
Helmut Kratochvil


Congratulations! (June 20th, 2016)

Diplomprüfung mit Auszeichnung! - Monday, June 20th 2016, 11:00

Michaela Punz
Was erzählen Skelette über die Lebensweise von Tieren? Eine Bearbeitung der ausgestellten Säugetierskelette im UZA 1 Wien inklusive fachdidaktischer Wissensvermittlung zu Lebensraum, Fortbewegung und Ernährung.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


New Paper in Biodiversity and Conservation (June 13th, 2016)

Dicks LV, Wright HL, Ashpole JE, Hutchison J,  McCormack CG, Livoreil B, Zulka KP & Sutherland WJ. 2016.
What works in conservation? Using expert assessment of summarised evidence to identify practices that enhance natural pest control in agriculture.
Biodivers Conserv DOI 10.1007/s10531-016-1133-7
available online


New Teaching Assistant (June 14th, 2016)

Elisabeth Pinterich

since June 1st Teaching Assistent
for the Vice-
Director of Study Program in Biology


New Masters Student in June 2016 - Welcome to the Department (June 14th, 2016)

Clara-Sophie Bader

Advisor:
Harald Krenn


New Paper in PLoS ONE (June 10th, 2016)

Betancourth-Cundar M, Lima AP, Hödl W & Amézquita A. 2016.
Decoupled Evolution between Senders and Receivers in the Neotropical Allobates femoralis Frog Complex.
PLoS ONE 11(6): e0155929. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155929.
available online


New Paper in PNAS (June 10th, 2016)

Mangiamelea LA, Fuxjager MJ, Schuppe ER, Taylora RS, Hödl WPreininger D 2016.
Increased androgenic sensitivity in the hind limb muscular system marks the evolution of a derived gestural display.
PNAS 113 (20): 5664–5669, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1603329113
available online


New Paper in Animal Behaviour (June 2nd, 2016)

Ringler E, Pasukonis A, Ringler M & Huber L 2016.
Sex-specific offspring discrimination reflects respective risks and costs of misdirected care in a poison frog.
Animal Behaviour 114 (2016) 173-179. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.02.008
available online


Gertrud Pleskot Award 2016 (June 2nd, 2016)

Dr. Eva Ringler

Eva Ringler received the Gertrud Pleskot Award 2016 , for her remarkable publication output.
The Getrud Pleskot Award is an initiative at the Faculty of Life Sciences to improve the visibility and career perspectives of highly qualified female scientists publishing in the top journals of their field.


Diplomprüfung Lehramt (May 31st, 2016)

Michaela Punz
Department of Integrative Zoology  

Monday, June 20th 2016, 11:00
COSB Conference Room (Room 1.015), UZA1 Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien

Examiners:
Biologie und Umweltkunde: ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Harald Krenn
Geschichte, Sozialkunde und Politische Bildung: ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Meta Niederkorn  

Diplomarbeit:
Was erzählen Skelette über die Lebensweise von Tieren? Eine Bearbeitung der ausgestellten Säugetierskelette im UZA 1 Wien inklusive fachdidaktischer Wissensvermittlung zu Lebensraum, Fortbewegung und Ernährung.
Advisor: Harald Krenn


New Paper in Arthropod Structure & Development (May 24th, 2016)

Krenn HW, Fournel J, Bauder J A-S & Hugel S. 2016.
Mouthparts and nectar feeding of the flower visiting cricket Glomeremus orchidophilus (Gryllacrididae).
Arthropod Structure & Development 45 (2016) 221-229.
available online


New Masters Student in May 2016 - Welcome to the Department (May 12th, 2016)

Sarah Saadain, BSc

Advisors:
Harald Krenn
Barbara-Amina Gereben Krenn


New Technical Assistent in May 2016 - Welcome to the Department (May 9th, 2016)

Sihana Balazhi, BSc
Lab Technician (leave cover)

room: 1.062
phone: +43 1 4277 76314
mail: sihana.balazhi@univie.ac.at


New Paper in Journal of Expperimental Zoology (April 28th, 2016)

Fritsch M, Wollesen T, Wanninger A. 2016.
Hox and ParaHox Gene Expression in Early Body Plan Patterning of Polyplacophoran Mollusks. 
J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 326B:89–104.
available online


New Masters Students in April 2016 - Welcome to the Department (April 26th, 2016)

Elisabeth Pinterich
Advisor: 
Harald Krenn

Hanna Seelich
Advisor:
Harald Krenn


New Paper in Animal Behaviour (April 25th, 2016)

Pasukonis A, Trenkwalder KRingler MRingler EMangione RSteininger J, Warrington I, Hödl W, 2016
The significance of spatial memory for water finding in a tadpole-transporting frog.
Animal Behaviour 116 (2016) 89-98, available online


Congratulations!  (April 22nd, 2015)

Master's Defensio mit Bestnote - Tuesday, April 19th2016

Sabrina Kaselitz
Zoological analysis of historical animal depictions taking the lion as an example.
Advisor: Helmut Kratochvil


New Paper in PLOS ONE (April 16th, 2016)

Shrubovych J, Bartel D, Szucsich NU, Resch MC, Pass G, 2016
Morphological and Genetic Analysis of the Acerentomon doderoi Group (Protura: Acerentomidae) with Description of A. christiani sp. nov.
PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0148033, April 13, 2016. available online


New Paper in Biological Conservation (April 8th, 2016)

Moser D, Ellmauer T, Evans D, Zulka KP, Adam M, Dullinger S & Essl F. 2016
Weak agreement between the species conservation status assessments of the European Habitats Directive and Red Lists.
Biological Conservation 198 (2016) 1–8, doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.03.024, available online.


New Erasmus Student in April 2016 - Welcome to the Department (April 5th, 2016)

Yurii Kornilev, MSc
Determining feeding mechanics in the Balkan-Anatolian crested newt (Triturus ivanbureschi) through high-speed video.
Workgroup: Patrick Lemell


New Masters Students in April 2016 - Welcome to the Department (April 5th, 2016)

Lisa-Maria Schmidt
Advisor:
Gerhard Steiner

Julian Bibermair
Advisor:
Gerhard Steiner

Magdalena Christine Weiler
Advisor:
Gerhard Steiner


New paper in Organisms Diversity & Evolution  (April 4th, 2016)

Wanninger A, 2016
Twenty years into the “new animal phylogeny”: Changes and challenges.
Org Divers Evol 2016, DOI 10.1007/s13127-016-0277-3


ÖEG Award (April 1st, 2016)

Julia Bauder PhD

On March 19th, 2016 Julia Bauder received the ÖEG-Award at the ÖEG - Kolloquium 2016 in Lienz for her PhD Thesis "Extremely long butterfly proboscides: form, function and evolution".


Congratulations!  (March 31st, 2015)

Master's Defensio mit Bestnote - Wednesday, March 9th2016

Magdalena Ambros
The nervous system of Hyalinella punctata (Bryozoa).
Advisors: Thomas Schwaha, Andreas Wanninger


New paper in Entomologia Austriaca  (March 24th, 2016)

Hickel C, Gereben-Krenn B-A, Zweimüller I, Krenn HW (2016).
Wetterbedingungen für die Erfassung von Tagfaltern (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) in alpinen -Lebensräumen in Österreich.
Entomologia Austriaca 23: 7-18. PDF


New Paper in Acta ZooBot Austria (March 17th, 2016)

Zulka KP, 2015
Rote Listen gefährdeter Arten – Datenanforderungen, Defizite, Bedeutung für die Biodiversitätsforschung.
Acta ZooBot Austria 152, 2015, 183–188.


New Masters Students in March 2016 - Welcome to the Department (March 15th, 2016)

Marlene Weberndorfer
Advisor:
Patrick Lemell

Saskia Krüger
Advisor:
Christian Beisser


New Schrödinger Grant (March 8th, 2016)

Max Ringler
Social structures in amphibians.
J 3868 Schrödinger-Programm
decision board: 2016/02/29
lifetime: 2016/11/01-2019/06/30

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Little is known about population-wide social structure in amphibians, which are generally considered as the least social vertebrates and assumed to lack the cognitive capabilities for ‘higher’ sociality as a result of their small brains. Nevertheless amphibians show a wide array of social behaviours and especially poison frogs dispose of most, if not all, behavioural prerequisites that accompany longer lasting social structures. In the current project I want to investigate the prevalence and consequences of social structures in a captive and a semi-natural population of the territorial poison frog Allobates femoralis. I will monitor both populations with microphone arrays to continuously record calling behaviour and interactions, and conduct extensive behavioural observations in the field. The field study will employ a state-of-the-art embedded, wireless sensor network with sound source localization and acoustic caller identification. Using social network analysis I will then explore and quantify structures in the communication and social network of these populations. For the natural population I will finally correlate individual network metrics with reproductive success to investigate the influence of an individuals’ position in its social network on its reproductive fitness. The proposed project is exceptional in taking an integrative approach to investigate social structure and its consequences in an amphibian using state-of-the-art technology and social network analysis in both a fully controlled laboratory population and a semi-natural field population. The proposed project shall also pioneer the further development of sensor networks for studies on sociality and promote their use in behavioural research.


Guest Masters Student from Brazil - Welcome to the Department (March 8th, 2016)

Luiza Saad BSc
Functional morphology of cephalopod sperm storage organs.
Workgroup: Tim Wollesen, Andreas Wanninger


New Paper in Frontiers in Zoology (February, 9th, 2016)

Rimskaya-Korsakova NN, Kristof A, Malakhov VV & Wanninger A. 2016
Neural architecture of Galathowenia oculata Zach, 1923 (Oweniidae, Annelida).
Frontiers in Zoology 2016,13:5, Published: 8 February 2016, 
DOI: 10.1186/s12983-016-0136-2 available online


New Paper in PeerJ (January 21st, 2016)

Karolyi K, Hansal T, Krenn HW & Colville JF. 2016
Comparative morphology of the mouthparts of the megadiverse South African monkey beetles (Scarabaeidae: Hopliini): feeding adaptations and guild structure.
PeerJ 2016, 
Article first published online: 21 Jan 2016,  DOI 10.7717/peerj.1597 available online


New Paper in Italian Journal of Zoology (January 21st, 2016)

Galli L, Bartel D, Capurro M, Pass G, Sará A, Shrubovych J & Szucsich N. 2016
Redescription and review of the most abundant conehead in Italy: Acerentomon italicum Nosek, 1969 (Protura: Acerentomidae).
Italian Journal of Zoology 2015, 
Article first published online: 2 Dec 2015,  DOI: 10.1080/11250003.2015.1114686, available online


New Paper in Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research (January 13th, 2016)

Kristof Ade Oliveira AL,  Kolbin KG & Wanninger A. 2016
A putative species complex in the Sea of Japan revealed by DNA sequence data: a study on Lottia cf. kogamogai (Gastropoda: Patellogastropoda).
Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research,
Article first published online: 8 JAN 2016,  DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12120, available online

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