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Symposium 10 years Department of Theoretical Biology

Former and current members share research results and professional experiences

<span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Evolution of reciprocity with limited payoff memory</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> 

Direct reciprocity facilitates cooperation in repeated social interactions. Traditional models suggest that individuals learn to adopt conditionally cooperative strategies if they have multiple encounters with their partner. However, most existing models make rather strong assumptions about how individuals decide to keep or change their strategies. They assume individuals make these decisions based on a strategy’s average performance. This in turn suggests that individuals would remember their exact payoffs against everyone else. In a recent publication, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, the School of Data Science and Society, and the Department of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examine the effects of realistic memory constraints. They find that cooperation can evolve even with minimal memory capacities. more

Evolutionary Diversification and Innovation:<br />Dr. Nathalie Feiner becomes new research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Since June 1, 2024, Dr. Nathalie Feiner has been heading the first Lise Meitner Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön. With her research group focusing on Evolutionary Diversification and Innovation, Dr. Feiner assumes her position to pursue new research approaches in evolution and developmental biology. more

Otto Hahn Medal, Mario Santer

In his research, Dr Mario Santer has made important progress in understanding the population genetics of bacteria. He has now been honoured with the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for his doctoral thesis. Dr Santer's work, which was carried out in the research group of Dr Hildegard Uecker, is dedicated to the genetic adaptation of bacterial populations to new environments and thus also contributes to the understanding of the evolution of antibiotic resistance. more

Women in Evolutionary Biology

From 14-16 May 2024, the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology hosted the workshop "Women in Evolutionary Biology". The goal of the workshop was to enhance diversity and equality in the research community by bringing together female scientists from various backgrounds for three days of scientific presentations, discussions, and networking.  more

Altruism as an Explanation for High Infant Mortality?

New Insights from Evolutionary Biology more


The German Science Foundation (DFG) funds a new Research Unit "PlantsCoChallenge" at Kiel University to investigate plant adaptation mechanisms to biotic and abiotic stress more

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