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New sex chromosome

On 3 December 2018, the laboratory of Professor Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz published new findings of an experimental evolutionary project that ran for 30 years on the genomic mechanisms of sex determination in swordtail fish in the journal “Nature Communications”.

Professor Margaret C. Crofoot

Pioneer in Move­ment Eco­logy

US-American animal behaviour researcher Professor Margaret C. Crofoot, PhD, to take up post as Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the University of Konstanz

Zebra finch, a bird species that naturally lives in social colonies

Collective behaviour of animal groups

Study from Konstanz demonstrates: If animal groups are disturbed this will have an impact on their collective behaviour – results may be transferable to other social units

Working Group Mecking

Biorefining of microalgae

Konstanz chemist Professor Stefan Mecking awarded funding for innovative refinery concept for microalgae lipids

Colourful cichlids with horizontal stripes living in the large African lakes Malawi, Victoria and Tanganjika illustrate the repeating (convergent) process of evolution.

Evolution does repeat itself after all: How evolution lets stripes come and go

A team of evolutionary biologists from the University of Konstanz, headed by Prof. Dr. Axel Meyer, discovers the genetic basis for the repeated evolution of colour patterns. The findings about the stripes of the especially diverse species of East-African cichlid fishes explain how evolution can repeat itself at record speed. The study is published in the current “Science” magazine.