Meeting StEvE

The meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology (Meeting StEvE) provides a yearly opportunity for postgraduate students from within Tübingen to present their research projects, exchange ideas, and receive feedback from senior scientists and fellow students in a pleasant and multidisciplinary atmosphere.



Meeting StEvE 2017


More than 80 students & scientists attended the annual “Meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology” on Fri 10 Nov 2017 in the Alte Aula, Tübingen.


The Plant Evolutionary Ecology group hosted 12 oral and 12 poster presentations from PhD and advanced MSc-students from the various EVEREST member groups (see program booklet).



Based on voting by all meeting participants, we congratulate Jessica Starke (Geology and Geodynamics) and Nicola Lechner (Plant Ecology) for receiving the Best Talk and Best Poster awards, respectively. 


Prof. Virpi Lummaa closed the meeting with a Hilgendorf lecture that provided exceptionally enlighting insights into ongoing natural and sexual selection in contemporary human populations.



Previous StEvE-meetings

Meeting StEvE 2016


The annual “Meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology” in Tübingen 2016 took place on Fri 04 Nov 2016 in the Lothar-Meyer-Bau, Tübingen. It was followed by a joint dinner in the Palaeontological Collection.

Conference Program: Please download the meeting booklet with full program and presentation Abstracts.

Prof. Nicholas Conard (Ältere Urgeschichte und Quartärökologie)
and the organizing committee with Henri Thomassen, Kerttu Majander, Michaela Istvan and the EVEREST-coordinators.

Meeting StEvE 2015

Date: Thu 29 October 2015, noon - Fri 30 October 2015, noon

Place: Großer Senat, Neue Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (former Wilhelmstraße 7-9)

Organizers: Animal Evolutionary Ecology group (Prof. Nico Michiels) and EVEREST coordinator Dr. Christine Hein

You can download the final programme here.


Programme - Thursday 29 October 2015

Kleiner Senat
12.30 – 13:00



Großer Senat

Session I

Chair: Nico Michiels


13:00 – 13:10

Nico Michiels


13:10 – 13:30

Paul Thellmann

The effects of discharges from a rainwater clarification basin receiving runoff water from a connected motorway

13:30 – 13:50

Andrea Schuster

Animal personality of Eurasian harvest mice (Micromys minutus) – What do we know about repeatability, heritability and the relation to cognitive abilities?

13:50 – 14:10

Isabel Mück

Population divergence in common gobies (Pomatoschistus microps): adaptive or neutral evolution?

14:10 – 14:30

Svenja Block

Will precipitation reduction and increased precipitation variability promote the spread of exotic ornamental plants in Central Europe?

Kleiner Senat
14:30 – 15:00

Coffee break


Großer Senat

Session II

Chair: Pierre-Paul Bitton


15.00 – 15:20

Julian Regalado

Metagenomics of Arabidopsis thaliana phyllosphere


15:20 – 15:40

Ulrike Harant

Flexibility in iris fluorescence of Tripterygion delaisi


15:40 – 16:00

Clemens Weiss

Ancient DNA retrieved from herbarium specimens: temporal patterns of DNA damage and metagenomics applications


16:00 – 16:20

Deike Lüdtke

Selection on female body colouration through male mate choice in alpine newts


Entrance hall
16:30 – 18:00

Poster session


Großer Senat
18.15 – 19:30

John Pannell
(Uni Lausanne)

Hilgendorf Lecture: “Evolution and implications of gender strategies in plants”


Café Haag
from 20.00

Reception (20:00 - 20:30) and get-together with free food and drinks (wear your name tag)




Programme - Friday 30 October 2015

Großer Senat

Session III

Chair: Ulrike Harant

09:00 – 09:20

Karen de Jong

Fish sing differently in noisy waters: Males of two goby species similarly adapt their use of courtship calls to the acoustic environment

09:20 – 09:40

Alexandra Uhl

Sexual dimorphism in the bony labyrinth of geographically diverse samples

09:40 – 10:00

Roland Fritsch

Retinal topography of the Mediterranean triplefin Tripterygion delaisi

10:00 – 10:20

Haydar Martinez-Dyrzo

The role of biogenesis and thermal decomposition of oxalates in the stable isotopic composition of wood-derived ashes

Kleiner Senat 10:20 – 10:50

Coffee Break


Großer Senat 10.50 – 11:00

Awards for best talk and poster and closing remarks


End of Meeting StEvE 2015




Meeting StEvE 2014

This year´s meeting of all Students within the EvE Forum was organised by the workgroup Archeo- and Paleogenetics of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences.

It took place from October 23rd -24th at Hölderlinstraße 12 in the Palaeontological Collection and the lecture hall S320. It was complemented by a Hilgendorf lecture by Prof. Christina Warinner from Oklahoma State University ( She works in evolutionary medicine and talked about the evolution of the ancient and modern human microbiome.

Please contact Prof. Johannes Krause or Dr. Alexander Herbig (coordination) if you have any further questions.

Here are some impressions:





Meeting StEvE 2013

24.-25. October 2013

Meeting StEvE 2013 was organised by the Köhler Group (Animal Physiological Ecology).


Find the abstract booklet with the programme here!


Meeting StEvE 2012

6. - 7. December 2012

Lecture Hall N3, Auf der Morgenstelle

The meeting of all Students within the EvE Forum was organised by the Foerster Group (Comparative Zoology).

We thank everybody for their participation!

Find the abstract booklet with programme here!

Participants who need their certificate, they can be picked up with Suska Weller, room E5P37.

We congratulate Tobias Gerlach, Marion Bonazzi and Alissa Mittnik to their talk prize!

Read here:  Guidelines for preparing a talk or Guidelines for preparing a poster


Impressions Meeting StEvE 2012



Thursday, 6th December

14.00  - 14.10 Introduction

Chair of the session: Paul Thellmann

14.10 - 14.35 Jonas Müller

14.35 - 15.00 Diedrich Sievers

15.00 - 15.25 Marion Bonazzi

15.25 - 16.00 Tobias Gerlach

16.00 Poster Session and Coffee break

17.00 Key note speaker Tracey Chapman, Univ East Anglia

Sexual conflict and competition: molecules, mechanisms and evolutionary change

19.00 Dinner Zoologische Schausammlung

Friday, 7th December

Chair of the session: Julia Hildebrandt

9.05 - 9.30 Jörg Henninger

9.30 - 9.55 Manuela Aiglstorfer

9.55 - 10.20 Paavo Bergmann

10.20 - 10.45 Danelle Seymour

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break

Chair of the session: Darya Karelina

11.15 - 11.40 Dominik Grimm

11.40 - 12.05 Natalie Iwanczuk

12.05 - 12.30 Sara Tomiolo

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

Chair of the session: Bettina Springer

13.30 - 13.55 Anne Rysavy

13.55 - 14.20 Christoph Wißing

14.20 - 14.45 Manuel Weinkauf

14.45 - 15.10 Albert Eisenbarth

15.10 - 15.45 Coffee break

Chair of the session: Martin Vallon

15.45 - 16.10 Hugo Reyes-Centeno

16.10 - 16.35 Krisztina Vincze

16.35 - 17.00 Jan Michel Meyer

17.00 - 17.25 Alissa Mittnik

17.25 - 17.35 Concluding remarks and presentation prize


Meeting StEvE 2011

2. - 3. December 2011

Hölderlinstraße 12, Palaeontological Collection, lecture hall S320. 

Organized by the workgroups Biogeology and Palaeoanthropology.

Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. David Lordkipanidze, Tbilisi, Georgia


Meeting StEvE 2010

25.-26- November 2010

Organised by Merav Seifan and the Plant Ecology Group, University of Tübingen

Guest speaker: Dr. Jeff Ollerton from the University of Northhampton, UK, the Landscape and biodiversity research group.

Find the programme here.


Meeting StEvE 2009

3. - 4. December 2009

Max-Planck-Campus, Tübingen

Organized by Matthias Herrmann from the Department of Evolutionary Biology, MPI Developmental Biology.


Meeting StEvE 2008

28. - 29. November 2008

Lecture Hall N11, Botany Institute, Auf der Morgenstelle 1

Organized by Michael Heethoff and co-workers from the Department of Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates

Guest speaker: Dr. Hans Breeuwer, Instituut voor Biodiversiteit en Ecosysteem Dynamica, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Programme and abstract booklet


Meeting StEvE 2007

19. - 20. Ocotber 2007

Organized by Petra Heinz and co-workers from the Department of Micropaleontology

Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. Frans Jorissen, Laboratory of Recent and Fossil Bio-Indicators, University of Angers, France

Programme and abstract booklet


Meeting StEvE 2006

13. - 14. October 2006

Organized by Hinrich Schulenburg and co-workers from the Department of Animal Evolutionary Ecology

Guest speaker: Prof. Dr. Hanna Kokko, Division of Ecology and Evolution, University of Helsinki, Finland

Programme and abstract booklet