Dieter Ebert

Universität Basel,
Departement of Environmental Sciences
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


+41 (0)61 207 03 60/61

+41 (0)61 207 03 62


Dieter Ebert

Professor of Zoology and Evolutionary Biology
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Research interests

Im am interested in understanding evolutionary processes such as host-parasite coevolution, local adaptation, evolution in changing environments and the evolution of the genome. Other interests are the evolution of sex (genetic recombination) and genetic diversity. In my research group, we use a multitude of approaches ranging from observational field studies to experimental work in the field and the lab, from simple mendelian genetics to whole genome sequencing and analysis, from experimental evolution to artificial selection. The main study system are Daphnia and its parasites/pathogens.

Here are the main topics my group works on:

  • Host - parasite coevolution
  • Evolution in metapopulations
  • Species-wide phenotypic and genomic divergence

Short curriculum vitae

2016-ongoing Permanent Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Studies)
2010/2011 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Studies)
2004-ongoing Professor for Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, Zoologisches Institut der Universität Basel, Switzerland
2001-2004 Professor for Ecology & Evolution, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland   
1995-2001 Assistant Professor, Zoologisches Institut der Universität Basel, Switzerland    
1991-1995 Postdocs
  • 1991/92: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama: Junior research fellow. Project on cooperation in social spiders
  • 1992/94: Oxford University: Postdoc with W.D (Bill) Hamilton. Project on host - parasite interactions
  • 1994/95: Imperial College at Silwood Park, London: Postdoc with John Lawton. Project on aquatic epidemiology.  
1988-1991 PhD in the group of Stephan C. Stearns at the University of Basel/Switzerland    
1981-1988 Study of biology (Diploma course)
  • Technical University of Munich. Pre-diploma in biology and chemistry (October 1983)
  • University of South Alabama in Mobile/ Alabama, USA
  • Diploma thesis in the group of Jürgen Jacobs at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich


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