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.
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes
D-12587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30 64181 615
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Male-male competition helps to maintain reproductive isolation! Please click HERE to see our new paper published in Curr Zool (08.01.2018)
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)
Gregor, Juliane and Willi explore a feral population of Guppies in the German Gillbach. Click HERE to download the podcast (Gillbach expedition is starting at 01:10:00) (18.05.2017)
Hear me speaking about fish personality and the new Pixar movie 'Finding Dorie' at Radio Fritz (rbb). Click HERE for the interview. (06.10.2016)
Metabolic rates can't predict personality in zebrafish as shown in our new J Fish Biol article. Read it HERE (06.10.2016)