Ph.D. fellow "The influence of host social systems and local co

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Ph.D. fellow "The influence of host social systems and local co-adaptation in hostparasite relationships"
Initiative: Evolutionsbiologie (beendet)
Bewilligung: 11.05.2010
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre 6 Monate
The evolutionary arms race seen in host-parasite relationships serves as an ideal model system
for studying coadaptation. Aside from the purely genetic factors such as gene flow and genetic drift
that influence local adaptation of host or parasite, the behaviour and social system of vertebrate
hosts can also alter coadaptation dynamics. Currently there is insufficient empirical data to
evaluate the relationship between host social systems and host-parasite local coadaptation.
Therefore the role of different host social systems in shaping the dynamics of host-parasite
genetic covariation will be investigated through the comparison of several well-studied bat species
(Bechstein's bat, brown long-eared bat) whose ectoparasite assemblages (S. bechsteini & B.nana;
S. plecotini) can be studied and manipulated easily. To do so, genetic analysis of host and parasite
population structure will be performed in combination with transplant experiments. This project will
be among the first to test the effects of different host social systems on host-parasite co-variation
and local adaptation.
Projektbeteiligte
Antoon Jacobus van Schaik
Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie
Verhaltensökologie und evolutionäre Genetik
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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Gerald Kerth
Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie
Verhaltensökologie und evolutionäre Genetik
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