Events at the MPIAB

Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
Adaptation to changing environments shapes the genetic and phenotypic diversity of organisms over evolutionary time. Animals also face changing environments throughout the course of their lifetime, and plasticity in behaviours, gene expression, and microbes helps them survive these short-term shifts. In my talk, I discuss adaptation and plasticity in a highly flexible, social primate, the capuchin monkey. I introduce several of our collaborative field and lab studies, which integrate 40 years of behavioural and demographic study of white-faced capuchins (Cebus imitator) in Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica, with recent genomics analyses of capuchins and their gut microbiomes. This includes analysis across seasons, years, populations, and in comparative context with other mammalian species. By using different approaches and tools that span behavioural ecology, demography, and the ‘omics of hosts and their commensal organisms, we can better understand how adaptation and plasticity have shaped the form and function of our close relatives, and generate new insight into the forces shaping our own evolutionary history and present-day variation. [more]

Institute Seminar - Ahmed El Hady

Institute Seminar by Ahmed El Hady

Animal Behavior Course

Part of weekly lecture series which started 13th of April, every Wednesday at 11:45-13:15 in R 611
This course will explore the fundamental principles that underline the evolution and mechanism of animal behavior. Animal behavior naturally crosses scales and disciplinary boundaries. This course will integrate our understanding of behavior with information from neuroscience, evolution, physiology, genetics, and the biology of complex systems. [more]

Animal Behavior Course

Part of weekly lecture series, every Wednesday
This course will explore the fundamental principles that underline the evolution and mechanism of animal behavior. Animal behavior naturally crosses scales and disciplinary boundaries. This course will integrate our understanding of behavior with information from neuroscience, evolution, physiology, genetics, and the biology of complex systems. [more]

Institute Seminar - Gabriella Gall & Isabelle Laumer

Institute Seminar by Gabriella Gall & Isabelle Laumer

Animal Behavior Course

Part of weekly lecture series which started 13th of April, every Wednesday at 11:45-13:15 in R 611
This course will explore the fundamental principles that underline the evolution and mechanism of animal behavior. Animal behavior naturally crosses scales and disciplinary boundaries. This course will integrate our understanding of behavior with information from neuroscience, evolution, physiology, genetics, and the biology of complex systems. [more]
Locomotion is intimately connected to the substrate on or in which it occurs. A swimmer in a liquid environment with drag needs to perform different strokes to effectively move its body than a walker on a hard surface. Using the roundworm C. elegans as a model, we will explore the interaction between the nervous system, muscular contractions and different substrates of locomotion in 2D and 3D motion. By altering the physical environment that the animals move in, we will explore both locomotion patterns and the driving neural signals using behavioral tracking and calcium imaging. [more]

AniMove

Summer School
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