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  • Ingo is going to teach Animal Behavior in Germany in the Summer of 2015! More info can be found here or by contacting Ingo.
  • Congratulations to Elizabeth for receiving funding from the Graduate Student Senate!
  • Ingo accepted a new position as Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in the College of Arts and Sciences! Check it out here.
  • Rudy Riesch, one of our former Graduate Students, took a permanent job at the University of London Royal Holloway. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Joseph, who received the Adams Undergraduate Research Scholarship to do his work on sexual harassment in the sailfin mollies.
  • Congratulations to Amber, who won the Biology Department Research Award for her paper, "The direct costs of living in a sexually harassing environment."
  • Amber was awarded a LG Hill award totaling $365.
  • There is a new paper out on cave molly MHCs
  • Ingo and colleagues from the University of Potsdam have a new paper on Amazon molly transcriptomics accepted. You can view it here.
  • The Amazon molly was the subject of a song by Panurge:

  • Alyssa Hill has founded a new Undergraduate Research Journal.
  • A GSS Research Grant was awarded to Amber to fund her field research on Amazons ($450.00), and to Elizabeth to fund her research on swordtails ($540.00)
  • Carolyn received the Adams graduate scholarship for both the summer and academic year and Amber received it for the summer. Summer scholarships amount to $2,500, and academic year scholarships are $1,000
  • Amber was granted the 2014 Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship from the Graduate College. This is a $2000.00 professional development award with full tuition waver for 2014-15, and it is given to one recipient per year from across multiple disciplines. This scholarship will fund her trip to Exeter, England in September to present her research at the Conference of Poeciliid Biologists at the University of Exeter.
  • Riesch et al's 2014 paper was chosen as a research highlight in Evolutionary Applications

Our lab is addressing questions in evolutionary biology, with a special focus on animal behavior. Among other things, we are interested in how sexual reproduction is maintained. We tackle this problem at several levels, including molecular biology, animal behavior and ecology. Consequently we use a broad array of research methods. Our study species are mainly livebearing fishes, but we are not limited to them. 


Live feed of a mixed-sex cave molly tank. Currently, it has 21 females, 18 males, and 3 or 4 babies.

In the Fall of 2012 the College of Arts and Science, the Department of Biology, and our lab hosted distinguished guest Dr. Joseph Travis from FSU. The interview he gave during his visit can be found in youtube (closed-captioning available) and in vimeo.

Martin and Ingo were ranked the 19th and 20th most cited behavioral biologists from German-speaking countries!

Ingo was awarded a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  The award is for "Scientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their field, who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago and who in future are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements which will have a seminal influence on their discipline beyond their immediate field of work" (cited directly from the Von Humboldt Foundation website)
Ingo's co-edited book is now available from University of Chicago Press:

Ecology and Evolution of Poeciliid Fishes book cover and link


 Funding opportunities for grad students and post-docs

Last update: July 16, '14