• Multiple births in Homo sapiens - Disentangling stable and dynamic heterogeneity Adaptation

Historical demographic data from Homo sapiens (across several European countries) are used to generate
life-history simulations that enable the disentanglement of between- and within-individual variation in demographic life-history traits.
Project team:
Former team members:
Dr. Ian Rickard (Guest Scientist, Durham University UK)
  • Gradual environmental change versus Single catastrophe-Identifying drivers of mammalian evolution Adaptation Conservation

By combining climate reconstructions, molecular genetic data and species distribution data from the Late Pleistocene (126-13.7 thousand years ago) to the present we evaluate the impact of two key drivers shaping mammalian diversity in a Southeast Asian biodiversity hotspot, the Sunda Shelf.

Funded by the Leibniz-Association (Leibniz Competitive Fund IZW-2-2013 (Leibniz, 2013-2016)


Project team:
Former team members:
Dr. Renata Martins
  • Paternal epigenetic effects: Do fathers transmit their experiences to their sons? Adaptation

Epigenetic changes function as flexible mechanisms to increase adaptability within a generation and transmit the environmental information to subsequent generations in vertebrates. In times of global warming and changing vegetation, we aimed to study the epigenetic response of a wild mammal species, the wild guinea pig, to an increase in temperature (of 10°C more than ambient) as well as to a diet alteration (of 40% less protein). We measured the direct epigenetic response in male wild guinea pigs and also studied whether, and if so to what degree that response was also transmitted to their sons. We detected transmission of epigenetic information from fathers to their sons.

Funded by the Leibniz-Association , SAW Pakt project 2011-2014 (SAW-2011-IZW-2), € 1.2M

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Project team:
Dr. Katrin Rübensam
Dr. Romy Waurich
Irina K. (Field station Niederfinow)
Dr. Katharina T. Schrapers
Marie Jeschek
Tzu Hung Chung (Zymo Research, USA)
Selma Yasar
Martina Schneemann
Stephan Karl
Prof. Dr. Chen Wei (MDC)
Last updated on July 24, 2019