Journal Club

Spring Term 2008

The Journal Club takes place every Tuesday during term, from 11:15-12:00, in the seminar room of the Zoological Institute (Vesalgasse 1, first floor). For questions regarding this seminar please contact Mathias Kölliker ( or 061/ 267 03 65).

Date Paper to be read and discussed presented by
19.2. an initial meeting to explain the aims and to distribute the slots Mathias K├Âlliker, Dieter Ebert
26.2. Blockkurs Lecture (no Journal Club) NA
4.3. Grodzinski et al., 2008. Can hungry nestling be trained to reduce their begging? Behavioral Ecology, 19, 116-125. Ralph Dobler
11.3. Minisymposium Blockkurs Zoologie und Evolution (no Journal Club) NA
18.3. Easter break (no Journal Club) NA
25.3. Wilson, D. S. 1998. Adaptive individual variation in single populations. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B 353, 199-205. Peter Sandner
1.4. Bolnick et al. 2007. Comparative support for the niche variation hypothesis that more generalized populations also are more heterogeneous. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104, 10075-10079. Marta Barluenga
8.4. Pulkkinen 2007. Microparasite transmission to Daphnia magna decreases in the presence of conspecifics. Oecologia 154, 45-53. Benjamin Lange
15.4. Minisymposium (I. Olivieri, P. Hacou, A. Moore) (no Journal Club) NA
22.4. Cancelled Frauke Münzel
29.4. Niemiller et al. 2008. Recent divergence with gene flow in Tennessee cave salamanders (Plethodontidae: Gyrinophilus) inferred from gene genealogies. Mol Ecol 17 (9), 2258-2275 Moritz Muschick
6.5. Thomas & Simmons 2007. Male crickets adjust the viability of their sperm in response to female mating status. Am Nat, 170, 190-195. Tim Janicke
13.5. De Roode et al. 2005. Dynamics of multiple infection and within-host competition in genetically diverse Malaria infections. Am Nat 166, 531-542. Nadine Adelbert
20.5. Seppaelae et al. 2008. Host condition as a constraint for parasite reproduction. Oikos, published online. Annette Bieger
27.5. Russell et al. 2008. Coalescent analyses support multiple mainland-to-island dispersals in the evolution of Malagasy Triaenops bats (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae). Journal of Biogeography, 35: 995-1003. Michael Matschiner

The Journal Club Seminar allows you to learn an important skill for a scientist, namely to critically evaluate publications in the primary scientific literature. Why is a study interesting? Is it experimetnally well performed and analysed correctly? Are the conclusions justified or do the authors over-interpreted their findings? Questions such as these are often not easy to answer for beginning scientists.

The participants of the Journal Club Seminar present papers they find particularly interesting (or questionable) and will get constructive feedback from the other participants.

In order to receive the 2 KPs for this course the participants need to present a paper during the Seminar and write an essay (in English, about 3 pages, with references), which briefly summarizes the presented paper and which outlines the main points we discussed.