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Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie (IEA) Evolutionary Genetics Group

News Archive

17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Cape Town, South Africa. Four EGG members enjoying their time off at the Cape of Good Hope

December 2011

Livia Gerber finishes her MSc project entitled "Reproductive Strategies in Two Wild Groups of Long-tailed Macaques, Macaca fascicularis"

September 2011

A paper by Krützen et al. on culture and geographic variation in orang-utan behaviour has been accepted in Current Biology

February 2011

Stephanie Kalberer joins the EGG for her MSc. project on relatedness in male alliances in bottlenose dolphins.

January 2011

A paper by Nater et al. on ‘Sex-biased dispersal and volcanic activities shaped phylogeographic patterns of extant orangutans’ got accepted in Molecular Biology and Evolution

November 2010

A paper ‘The effects of Pleistocene glaciations and rivers on the population structure of Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)’ by Arora et al. got published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA

October 2010

Papers on fitness variation in free-living dolphins caused by social and genetic interactions, and phylogeographic patterns of orang-utans accepted in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA

May 2010

Sina Kreicker submits her MSc thesis entitled "Culturally transmitted tool use in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) - utilisation of an unexploited niche?"

December 2009

An invited technical review on the quest for Y-chromsome specific markers has been published online in Molecular Ecology Resources. Link

EGG MSc. student Pirmin Nietlisbach submitted his thesis on “Male-specific markers in orangutans (Pongo spp.): dispersal and phylogeny.”

October 2009

Josephine Hula handed in her MSc. thesis on “Dispersal patterns and the influence of social status on paternity success in six free-ranging vervet monkey groups.“

August 2009

PhD student Natasha Arora won the first price of the Folia Primatologica Young Scientist Awards for her oral presentation at the Third Congress of the European Federation of Primatology, 12-15 August, University of Zurich, Switzerland

A review of the book of “The Question of Animal Culture” (K. Laland and B. Galef eds) has been published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Kai Ansmann joins EGG as a Master student. He will be investigating reproductive success in Sumatran orangutans.

July 2009

Tobias Bollmann joins the EGG. For his Master he will be looking at orangutan cultural behaviors and kinship at the Tuanan field site.

May 2009

David Marques submitted his Master Thesis on “Molecular Evolution of the brain-size gene GLUD2 in orangutans (Pongo spp.)".

A paper entitled “Development of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the dung fly (Sepsis cynipsea)”, to be published in Molecular Ecology Resources, is now available early online.

March 2009

A paper entitled “New polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellites improvescoring accuracy in the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops aduncus” has been published in Molecular Ecology Resources.

Former EGG master student Nadja Morf leaves the EGG finally to work as a research assistant in the forensic medicine department.

February 2009

Associate researchers Jennifer Lewis (Florida International University, USA), Maria Jedensjö (University of Queensland, AUS) and Daniele Cagnazzi (Southern Cross University, AUS) are visiting the EGG for genetic analysis of their dolphin samples.

December 2008

Michael Krützen organizes the “Symposium on Orangutan Genetics & Biology” held at the Anthropological Institute and Museum 18 December.

Josephine Hula joins the EGG. Her master thesis is entitled “Dispersal patterns and the influence of social status on paternity success in six free-ranging vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops) groups.”

November 2008

Associate researchers Guido Parra and Maria Jedensjö from Australia are visiting to genotype their snubfin and humpback dolphin samples.

October 2008

Sina Kreiker joins the EGG. For her master’s she is working on fatty acids of the Shark Bay bottlenose dolphins.

September 2008

Pirmin Nietlisbach joins EGG as a Master student. He will be working on male-specific genetic markers in orangutans. link

August 2008

Maja Greminger, a former EGG Master student, starts with her PhD on brain size evolution and population history in orangutans. link

July 2008


May 2008

Three Master students submitted their theses in orang-utan and dolphin genetics.

Corinne Ackermann "Contrasting vertical skill transmisssion patterns of a tool use vehaviour in two groups of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.), as revealed by molecular genetic analyses"

Nadja Morf "Sex-biased dispersal in Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)?"

Kathrin Bacher "The evolutionary and ecological mechanisms underlying the rise of material culture in bottlenose dophins (Tursiops sp.), in Shark Bay, Western Australia"

February 2008

David Marques joins EGG as a Masters student. He will be working on the genetics of brain size evolution in orang-utans

January 2008

Former EGG Masters student Anna Kopps to start PhD in dolphin genetics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Anna will be jointly supervised by W. Sherwin and M. Krützen

December 2007

WMMS Meeting in Cape Town – EGG members give four presentations about topics covering the diversity within the group


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