Welcome to the
Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics

Our department is specifically interested in the processes and mechanisms that determine evolutionary change. We focus on host-microbe interactions as a study system, because these interactions often associate with rapid evolutionary change and thus allow us to examine the involved processes in real-time. Our teaching activities encompass courses for the Bachelor (e.g., Ecology, Identification of animals) and the Master curriculum (e.g., Ecological Immunology and Infection Biology, Symbiosis). Our department is a member of the Excellence Cluster Inflammation at Interfaces, DFG priority programme SPP 1399 on Host-Parasite Coevolution, the International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Evolutionary Biology, and the EU Eurocores programme Ecological and Evolutionary Functional Genomics.

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