Emeritus Group Milinski
The main theme of the Emeritus group Milinski is the continuation of the topic evolution of cooperation between egoists, which has become empirically explorable by predicting new models of evolutionary theory. It tests assumptions and predictions of such models with students in experimental games and with parasites who jointly exploit a host.
Furthermore, Milinski continues to investigate the sexual reproduction and mate choice based on the three-spined stickleback. These phenomena could have evolved as strategies in the race between hosts and their ever-changing parasites. It will be investigated if mate choice optimizes the resistance of the offspring to the predominant natural parasites.