Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

Welcome to the Institute of Evolution and Ecology!

Research and teaching in EvE focuses on how individuals, populations and communities interact and cope with environmental variability. We synergistically address a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies in evolutionary ecology, including plant and animal ecology, integrative botany and zoology, ecotoxicology, and conservation.

Institute NEWS

28 Jun 2017


Award: Bunte Wiese retains status as UN biodiversity project

The initiative "Bunte Wiese” (colourful meadow) has been re-awarded the status of UN-decade project on biodiversity. Bunte Wiese is a long-term project for increasing biodiversity in public green spaces in the city of Tübingen. It has been initiated and run by students together with staff from the Institute of Evolution and Ecology (details).

22 Jun 2017

Publication: Heating and cooling of terrestrial snails

The shell of helicoid snails often displays a wide range of colour polymorphisms which are discussed to differ in respect to thermal absorption of solar radiation and thus being subject to climate selection. In a joint project with Le Havre University, France, members of the Animal Physiological Ecology group, however, showed shell pigmentation to be of minor importance for heating and heat loss in a moderate climate (J Therm Biol).

02 Jun 2017

Funding: Conservation strategies for farmland birds

Nils Anthes (Animal Evolutionary Ecology) received new funding by the Stiftung Naturschutzfonds Baden-Württemberg. A 3,5 year project in applied species conservation will accompany intense attempts to support Corn Bunting populations. This representative farmland inhabitant is on the verge of local extirpation in the federal state.

15 May 2017


Funding: 3 EvE projects within DFG biodiversity exploratories

Katja Tielbörger (Plant Ecology), Oliver Bossdorf and Niek Scheepens (Plant Evolutionary Ecology) have received funding within the 5th call of the DFG biodiversity exploratory programme. The projects investigate the interactions between changes in land use, organism diversity and ecosystem functioning.

10 May 2017

Research: Manfred Drack editor of new Biomimetics journal

Manfred Drack has been elected Associate Editor of the new Journal of Biomimetics in Engineering. Congratulations!

05 May 2017


Funding: BMBF-BioTip funding to Plant Ecology group

Jan Ruppert and Katja Tielbörger are part of a recently funded project within the BioTip call of the BMBF. NamTip will investigate ecological tipping points in rangelands of Namibia. It is a cooperation of several German and Namibian research institutes coordinated by the Rangeland Ecology group at University of Cologne.

28 April 2017


Publication: Adaptive function of red fluorescence in fish

Many marine fish show striking red fluorescence, but whether these patterns are adaptive remains elusive. Ulrike Harant et al. (BMC Ecology) show that red fluorescent fish were more successful in catching copepods under red fluorescence-friendly ambient light spectra, suggesting that red fluorescent colours contribute to active photolocation in "red-deprived" marine environments.

Jan 2017


Teaching: Botanik 2 - Flora und Vegetation SW--Deutschlands

This new advanced botany course (Kehl & Koltzenburg) will be offered for the first time in summer 2017. The course aims at deepening species knowledge and teaches standard vegetation classification methods. The course is open for MSc Geoecology and BSc Biology (3rd years).

Check details in Campus.

EvE contacts


Heinz-R. Köhler

Vice Director

Katja Tielbörger


Brigitte Hinderer
Fon +49-(0)7071-2972610
Fax +49-(0)7071-295344


Institute of Evolution & Ecology

University of Tübingen

Auf der Morgenstelle 5

D-72076 Tübingen

Evolution and Ecology seminar


Wednesdays 17ct-18:30, Lecture hall N10.

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