The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Colloquium on biology

The Colloquium on biology is a joint activity organized by the Institutes of Biology of the University of Bonn and the Zoological Research Museum Koenig, Bonn.

Colleagues from german and international institutions are invited to present and discuss their latest research results on evolution, biodiversity, behavior, genetics and other biological areas.

The colloquium takes place on a regular base during summer and winter semester, always on mondays at 17:15h in the Great Auditorium of the Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss.

Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde (University of Bonn)
Prof. Heike Wägele (ZFMK)

List of current lectures



Mon, 05/23/2022 - 5:00pm
Prof. Dr. Henrik Krehenwinkel, Biogeography, Trier University
Detecting the imprints of global environmental change on biological communities is a major challenge for current ecological research. The analysis of the effects of environmental change requires standardized and replicated time series data, which is lacking for most ecosystems and taxa. This lack of community level time series data has become particularly evident with recent reports on global insect decline. Natural history collections are currently receiving attention for their potential to document environmental change, but they usually do not provide community level data.
Mon, 06/20/2022 - 5:00pm
Prof. Dr. Frederike Hanke, Universität Rostock
In the marine intertidal or swift-running waters, flow forces reach extreme magnitudes. Moreover, aquatic substrates are smooth to extremely rough and often covered with slippery biofilm. Benthic animals have evolutionary developed various attachment strategies to deal with these challenging conditions. Suction cups are one of these and allow strong, but reversible attachment. While manmade suction cups only stick to smooth surfaces, the Northern clingfish’s suction cup works perfectly on rough surfaces.
Mon, 06/27/2022 - 5:00pm
Joachim G. Frommen Conservation, Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour Research Group; Ecology and Environment Research Centre; Manchester Metropolitan University; England
Understanding the evolution of cooperative animal societies is one of the biggest challenges in behavioural biology. Some of the most derived social systems are shown by cooperative breeders, where helpful individuals forgo their own reproduction to the benefit of others. A common explanation is that helpers gain indirect fitness benefits by aiding relatives. However, such benefits cannot explain the occurrence of unrelated helpers.
Mon, 07/11/2022 - 5:00pm
Pimiento, Catalina Palaeontology Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland,
The fossil record of the marine megafauna, the largest animals in the oceans, has revealed that in the Pliocene(~3Ma), habitat loss caused the extinction of one third of their genera, along with nearly one fifth of their functional diversity. Such a level of ecological loss contrasts with the almost negligible changes after the (mass) extinction of benthic invertebrates around the same time. Unlike the marine megafauna, small invertebrates can share similar ecological traits and thus be highly redundant and ecologically resilient in the face of extinction.

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Colloquium on biology

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Place: Great lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Time: mondays, 17.15 h