Journal Club

Winter Term 2006/2007

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 Lukas Schärer ( or 061/ 267 03 66).

Date Paper to be read and discussed presented by
24.10. an initial meeting to explain the aims and to distribute the slots Lukas Schärer
31.10. Petfield et al. (2005). Genetic variance in female condition predicts indirect genetic variance in male sexual display traits. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102, 6045–6050. Mathias Kölliker
7.11. Munday et al. (2006). A social basis for the development of primary males in a sex-changing fish. Proc. R. Soc. B 273, 2845–2851. Lukas Schärer
14.11. Hanski & Saccheri (2006). Molecular-level variation affects population growth in a butterfly metapopulation. PLoS Biology 4, e129. Thomas Zumbrunn
21.11. Gomendio et al. (2006). Sperm competition enhances functional capacity of mammalian spermatozoa. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 15113–15117. Kristina Ehrsam
28.11. Duncan et al. (2006). Parasite-mediated selection and the role of sex and diapause in Daphnia. J. Evol. Biol. 19, 1183–1189. Annette Bieger
5.12. Peacor et al. (2006). Phenotypic plasticity opposes species invasions by altering fitness surface. PLoS Biology 4, e372 Thomas Fabbro
12.12. Hansen & Slagsvold (2003). Rival imprinting: interspecifically cross-fostered tits defend their territories against heterospecific intruders. Anim. Behav. 65, 1117–1123. Katja Saggese
19.12. Lahdenperä et al. (2004). Fitness benefits of prolonged post-reproductive lifespan in women. Nature 428, 178-181.
Please also read the short follow-up comment by Foster & Ratnieks (2005). A new eusocial vertebrate? Trends Evol. Ecol. 20, 363-364.
Florian Altermatt
9.1. Bshary & Grutter (2006). Image scoring and cooperation in a cleaner fish mutualism. Nature 441, 975-978. Claudio Kugler
16.1. Davies et al. (2006). A host-race of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus with nestlings attuned to the parental alarm calls of the host species. Proc. R. Soc. B 273, 693-699. Karen Falsone
23.1. Amdam et al. (2006). Complex social behaviour derived from maternal reproductive traits. Nature 439, 76-78. Flore Mas
30.1. Jäger & Schjørring (2006). Multiple infections: relatedness and time between infections affect the establishment and growth of the cestode Schistocephalus solidus in its stickleback host. Evolution 60, 616–622. Frida Ben-Ami
6.2. Lolle et al. (2005). Genome-wide non-mendelian inheritance of extra-genomic information in Arabidopsis. Nature 434, 505-509. Adrian Baumeyer
13.2. Beal & Tallamy (2006). A new record of amphisexual care in an insect with exclusive paternal care: Rhynocoris tristis (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) J. Ethol. 24, 305-307. Ralph Dobler

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 and write an essay about the discussion.