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Participants of the block course in Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, March/April 2018.
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The people at the Zoological Institute of the University of Basel promotes higher education and research in organismic biology, in particular the fields of evolution, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics and behavioral ecology. It complements existing strengths in life-sciences at the University of Basel. We offer courses covering different aspects of evolutionary biology, including evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, molecular evolution and behavioral ecology. Current research interests of members of the group include population genetics, host-parasite interactions, life-history evolution, the evolution of the immune system, the evolution of animal diversity, parent-offspring interactions, sex allocation and sexual conflict in hermaphrodites. The organisms studied in our experimental work are water fleas (Daphnia) including their symbionts, earwigs, flatworms, sticklebacks and cichlid fishes. Our work is strongly supported with bioinformatics and mathematical modeling.