Welcome to the
Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics
The Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics was established in autumn 2008. Our main research interests are to understand 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). The department provides an interactive and international working environment, in which we try to enjoy the different aspects of scientific endeavour, including the creative development of new ideas, the application of state-of-the-art technologies and the critical analysis and discussion of scientific experiments. 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.