David Bierbach

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Research Overview

Predominantly, I am interested in the manifold ways by which multi-directional
communicative interactions in social networks affect the behavior of both signalers and
receivers of information. Several of my articles have focused on so-called
“non-independent” mate choice in which individuals choose mating partners based on
socially gathered information. I have strong interests in sexual selection, and several of
my articles have focused on questions related to the evolution of behaviors that act as
sexual selection factors, such as female and male mating preferences, and male-male
competition as well as courtship behavior. Furthermore, I am interested in within- and
between-individual variation in behavior ('personality'), and its evolutionary causes as
well as its consequences for social dynamics in group-living animals.

I pursue an integrative (and collaborative) approach and combine concepts and
methods from various biological disciplines ranging from ecology, evolution, and
animal behavior to physiology, genetics, and genomics. Specifically, I try to integrate
field-based studies with analytical and experimental approaches in the laboratory. 

Contact Information

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Müggelseedamm 310
D-12587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30 64181 615
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Latest News

See how we used biomimetic robots to understand cave fish behavior. Please click HERE to see the new paper in Frontiers in Robotics (06.02.2018)

Our new Special Column "Ecology and Evolution along environmental gradients" is now published at Curr Zool! Please click HERE to see the Editorial (06.02.2018)

Male-male competition helps to maintain reproductive isolation!  Please click HERE to see our new paper published in Curr Zool (08.01.2018)

Our recent article on introduced tropical fishes in Germany (read HERE) is featured by several newspapers. Click HERE for an example (06.09.2017)

Hear Kate speaking about Personality of clonal fish in Deutschlandfunk. Click HERE (19.05.2017)

Individuality is inevitable! Please click HERE to see our new paper on behavioral individuality in clonal mollies published in Nat Commun (19.05.2017)

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