Verhaltensbiologie

Forschungsgruppe von Max Wolf
The Amazon molly is an ideal model system for the study of individuality as it reproduces clonally. | Foto: David Bierbach

Der Amazonenkärpfling eignet sich hervorragend, um die Entstehung von Individualität zu untersuchen: Da er sich durch Jungfernzeugung vermehrt, sind alle Nachkommen identische Klone der Mutter. | Foto: David Bierbach

Our research focuses on two tightly related themes: individual differences (individuality) in behaviour and the development of behaviour during early ontogeny.

How (and why) do individuals differ in their behavioural patterns? When and how do such differences emerge during early ontogeny? And what are the main factors shaping individual behavioural trajectories? In order to gain insights into these fundamental questions, we combine experimental work with a powerful biological model system, the naturally clonal fish Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa), with mathematical modelling and computer simulations.

We have shown, for example, that strong individuality emerges even among genetically identical individuals isolated directly after birth in identical environments. Currently, one focus of our research is to use a high-resolution tracking system to map the exact (i.e. second by second) behavioural-experiential trajectories of genetically identical individuals from day 1 of their life. A second focus of our current research is to develop a general theoretical framework for the development of individual differences.

Team

Max Wolf

Forschungsgruppenleiter*in
Forschungsgruppe
Verhaltensbiologie

Ralf Kurvers

Gastwissenschaftler*in
Forschungsgruppe
Verhaltensbiologie

David Bierbach

Gastwissenschaftler*in
Forschungsgruppe
Schwarmverhalten
Verhaltensbiologie

Ulrike Scherer

Gastwissenschaftler*in
Forschungsgruppe
Verhaltensbiologie

Sean Ehlman

Gastwissenschaftler*in
Forschungsgruppe
Verhaltensbiologie

Ronja Leipold

Studentische Hilfskraft
Forschungsgruppe
Verhaltensbiologie

Nicolas Gheorghiu

Praktikant*in
Forschungsgruppe
Verhaltensbiologie
Evolutionsökologie von Krankheiten
Ausgewählte Publikationen

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