For a list of Bachelor and Master student theses click HERE




J. Alós, M. Palmer, R. Rosselló & R. Arlinghaus (2016) Fast and behavior-selective exploitation of a marine fish targeted by anglers. Scientific Reports. 6:38093. link 



S. Nakayama, J.L. Harcourt, R.A. Johnstone & A. Manica (2016) Who directs group movement? Leader effort versus follower preference in stickleback fish of different personality. Biology Letters.12:. link





S. Uusi-Heikkilä, K. Lindström, N. Parre, R. Arlinghaus, J Alós & A. Kuparinen (2016) Altered trait variability in response to size-selective mortality. Biology Letters. 12:20160584. link



G. PolverinoD. Bierbach, S.S. Killen, S. Uusi-Heikkilä, & R. Arlinghaus (2016) Body length rather than routine metabolic rate and body condition correlates with activity and risk-taking in juvenile zebrafish Danio rerio.  Journal of Fish Biology. link



G. Polverino, C. Cigliano, S. Nakayama, T. Mehner (2016) Emergence and development of personality over the ontogeny of fish in absence of environmental stress factors. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2206-z. link



A. Schröder, G. Kalinkat, & R. Arlinghaus (2016) Individual variation in functional response parameters is explained by body size but not by behavioural types in a poeciliid fish. Oecologia. doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3701-7. link



R. Arlinghaus, K.L. Laskowski, J. Alós, T. Klefoth, C.T. Monk, S. Nakayama & A. Schröder (2016) Passive gear-induced timidity syndrome in wild fish populations and its potential ecological and managerial implications. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12176. link



T. Schulz-Mirbach, C. Eifert, R. Riesch, M.S. Farnworth, C. Zimmer, D. Bierbach, S. Klaus, M. Tobler, B. Streit, J.R. Indy, L. Arias-Rodriguez & M. Plath (2016) Toxic hydrogen sulphide shapes brain anatomy: a comparative study of sulphide-adapted ecotypes in the Poecilia mexicana complex. Journal of Zoology DOI:10.1111/jzo.12366. link



C. Sommer-Trembo, D. Bierbach, L. Arias-Rodriguez, Y. Verel, J. Jourdan, C. Zimmer, R. Riesch, B. Streit & M. Plath (2016) Does personality affect premating isolation between locally-adapted populations? BMC Evolutionary Biology DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0712-2. link



B. Key, R. Arlinghaus & H.I. Browman (2016) Insects cannot tell us anything about subjective experience or the origin of consciousness. PNAS DOI: 10.1073/pnas.160835113. link.



S. Nakayama, K. Laskowski, T. Klefoth & R. Arlinghaus (2016) Between- and within-individual variation in activity increases with water temperature in wild perch. Behavioral Ecology DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arw090. link



K.L. Laskowski, M. Wolf & D. Bierbach (2016) The making of winners (and losers): how early dominance interactions determine adult social structure in a clonal fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B DOI: . link



G. Polverino, T. Ruberto, G. Staaks & T. Mehner (2016) Tank size alters mean behaviours and individual rank orders in personality traits of fish depending on their life-stage. Animal Behaviour 115:127-135. link



K.L. Laskowski, C.T. Monk, G. Polverino, J. Alós, S. Nakayama, G. Staaks, T. Mehner, & R. Arlinghaus (2016) Behaviour in a standardized assay, but not metabolic or growth rate, predicts behavioural variation in an adult aquatic top predator Esox lucius in the wild. Journal of Fish Biology 88:1544-1563. link



E.D. Stevens, R. Arlinghaus, H.I. Browman, S.J. Cooke, I.G. Cowx, B.K. Diggles, B. Key, J.D. Rose, W. Sawynok, A. Schwab, A.B. Skiftesvik, C.A. Watson & C.D.L Wynne (2016) Stress is not pain. Comment on Elwood and Adams (2015) 'Electric shock causes physiological stress responses in shore crabs, consistent with prediction of pain' Biology Letters . link



D. Bierbach, K.L. Laskowski, A. Brandt, W. Chen, J. Jourdan, B. Streit & M. Plath (2016) Highly variable, unpredictable activity patterns in invasive, but not native amphipod species. Aquatic Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10452-016-9573-4. link



J. Tsuboi, K. Morita, T. Klefoth, S, Endou & R. Arlinghaus (2016) Behaviour-mediated alteration of positively size-dependent vulnerability to angling in response to historical fishing pressure in a freshwater salmonid. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 73:461-468. link



C. Sommer-Trembo, C. Zimmer, J. Jourdan, D. Bierbach & M. Plath (2016) Predator experience homogenizes consistent individual differences in predator avoidance. Journal of Ethology, doi: 10.1007/s10164-016-0460-1. link



T. Landgraf, D. Bierbach, H. Nguyen, N. Muggelberg, P. Romanczuk & J. Krause (2016) RoboFish: increased acceptance of interactive robotic fish with realistic eyes and natural motion patterns by live Trinidadian guppies. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 11:015001. link



R. Arlinghaus, J. Alós, T. Klefoth, K.L. Laskowski, C.T. Monk, S. Nakayama, & A. Schröder (2016) Consumptive tourism causes timidity rather than boldness syndromes: a response to Geffroy et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31:92-94. link 



U. Brose, J.L. Blanchard, A. Eklöf, N. Galiana, M. Hartvig, M.R. Hirt, G. Kalinkat, M.C. Nordström, E.J.O'Gorman, B. C. Rall, F.D. Schneider, E. Thébault & U. Jacob (2016) Predicting the consequences of species loss using size-structured biodiversity approaches. Biological Reviews, doi: 10.1111/brv.12250. link




F. Stein, P. Doering-Arjes, E. Fladung, U. Brämick, B. Bendall & B. Schröder (2015) Downstream migration of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in the Elbe river, Germany: movement patterns and the potential impact of environmental factors.River Research and Applications, DOI: 10.1002/rra.2881. link



S.J. Landsman, E.G. Martins, L.F.G. Gutowsky, C.D. Suski, R. Arlinghaus & S.J. Cooke (2015) Locomotor activity patterns of Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) assessed using tri-axial acceleration sensing acoustic transmitters. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 98:2109-2121. link



Y. Zhang, Q. Xu, J. Alós, H. Liu, Q. Xu, & H. Yang. (2015) Short-term fidelity, habitat use and vertical movement behavior of the black rockfish Sebastes schlegelii as determined by acoustic telemetry.  PLoS ONE, 10, doi: e0134381. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0134381. link



J. Alós, A. Puiggrós, C. Diaz-Gil, M. Palmer, R. Rosello & R. Arlinghaus (2015) Empirical evidence for species-specific export of fish naivete from a no-take marine protected area in a coastal recreational hook and line fishery. PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135348. link



C. Diaz-Gil, M. Palmer, I.A. Catalan, J. Alós, L.A. Fuiman, E. Garcia, M. Gil, A. Grau, A. Kang, R.H. Maneja, J.A. Mohan, B. Morro, J.J. Schaffler, L. Buttay, I. Riera-Batle, B. Tolosa & B.Morales-Nin (2015) Otolith fluctuating asymmetry: a misconception of its biological relevance?  ICES Journal of Marine Science, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsv067. link



A. Apio, P. Umuntunundi, H. Lerp, D. Bierbach, M. Plath & T. Wronski (2015) Persistence of two small antelope species in the degraded Mutura rangelands (Akagera Ecosystem) based on pastoralists' and farmers' perceptions. Human Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10745-015-9753-1. link



D. Philipp, J.E. Claussen, J.B. Koppelman, J.A. Stein, S.J. Cooke, C.D. Suski, D.H. Wahl, D.A.H. Sutter & R. Arlinghaus (2015) Fisheries-induced evolution in largemouth bass: linking vulnerability to angling, parental care and fitness. American Fisheries Society Symposium, 82:223-234. link



D. Bierbach, C. Sommer-Trembo, J. Hanisch, M. Wolf & M. Plath (2015) Personality affects mate choice: bolder males show stronger audience effects under high competition. Behavioral Ecology, 00(00): 1-12. doi:10.1093/behaco/arv079. link



H. Baktoft, P. Zajicek, T. Klefoth, J.C. Svendsen, L. Jacobsen, M. W. Pedersen, D.M. Morla, C. Skov, S. Nakayama & R. Arlinghaus (2015) Performance assessment of two whole-lake acoustic positional telemetry systems - is reality mining of free-ranging aquatic animals technologically possible? PLoS ONE, 10: e0126534. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126534. link



S. Uusi-Heikkilä, A.R. Whiteley, A. Kuparinen, S. Matsumura, P.A. Venturelli, C. Wolter, J. Slate, C.R. Primmer, T. Meinelt, S.S. Killen, D. Bierbach, G. Polverino, A. Ludwig & R. Arlinghaus (2015) The evolutionary legacy of size-selective harvesting extends from genes to populations. Evolutionary Applications, 8: 597-620. link



R.J.G. Clément, M. Wolf, L. Snijders, J. Krause & R.H.J.M. Kurvers (2015) Information transmission via movement behaviour improves decision accuracy in human groups. Animal Behaviour, 105:85-93. link



 G. Kalinkat, M. Jochum, U. Brose, & A.I. Dell (2015) Body size and the behavioral ecology of insects: linking individuals to ecological communities. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 9: 24-30. link



K. L. Laskowski, S. Pearish, M. Bensky, & A.M. Bell (2015) Predictors of individual variation in movement in a natural population of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Advances in Ecological Research, 52: 65-90. link



A. Schröder, A. van Leeuwen & T.C. Cameron (2015) Empirical support for different types of positive mortality effects. A reply to Abrams. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30:180-181. link



G. Polverino, A. Manciocco, A. Vitale & E. Alleva (2015) Stereotypic behaviours in Melopsittacus undulatus: Behavioural consequences of social and spatial limitations. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 165: 143-155. link



J.M. McNamara & M. Wolf (2015) Sexual conflict over parental care promotes the evolution of sex differences in care and the ability to care. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B, 282:20142752. link



J. Alós, M. Palmer, P. Trías, C. Díaz-Gil & R. Arlinghaus (2015) Recreational angling intensity correlates with alteration of vulnerability to fishing in a carnivorous coastal fish species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 72:217-225. link



J.W. Jolles, A. Fleetwood-Wilson, S. Nakayama, M.C. Stumpe, R.A. Johnstone & A. Manica (2015) The role of social attraction and its link with boldness in the collective movements of three-spined sticklebacks. Animal Behaviour, 99:147-153. link




J.W. Jolles, A.Fleetwood-Wilson, S. Nakayama, M.C. Stumpe, R.A. Johnstone & A. Manica (2014) The role of previous social experience on risk-taking and leadership in three-spined sticklebacks. Behavioral Ecology, 25:1395-1401. link



C. Eifert, M. Farnworth, T. Schulz-Mirbach, R. Riesch, D. Bierbach, S. Klaus, A. Wurster, M. Tobler, B. Streit, J.R. Indy, L. Arias-Rodriguez, & M. Plath (2014) Brain size variation in extremophile fish: local adaptation versus phenotypic plasticity. Journal of Zoology, doi: 10.1111/jzo.12190. link



R.H.J.M. Kurvers, K. Straates, R.C. Ydenberg, S.E. van Wieren, P. Swierstra & H.H.T. Prins (2014) Social information use in Barnacle geese: an experiment revisited. Ardea, 102:173–180. link



R.H.J.M. Kurvers & F. Hölker (2014) Bright night and social interactions: a neglected issue. Behavioral Ecology, doi:10.1093/beheco/aru223. link



A. Sih, K.J. Mathot, M. Moirón, P. Montiglio, M. Wolf, N.J. Dingemanse (2014) Animal personality and state-behaviour feedbacks: a review and guide for empiricists. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30:50-60. link



T.M. Gainer, C.T. Monk, K. Lorenzen, M.D. Matthews, C.M. St. Mary (2014) Effects of hatchery rearing on Florida largemouth bass Micropterus floridanus resource allocation and performance under semi-natural conditions. Journal of Fish Biology,



D. Villegas-Ríos, J. Alós, M. Palmer, S.K. Lowerre-Barbieri, R. Bañón, A. Alonso-Fernández & F. Saborido-Rey (2014) Life-history and activity shape catchability in a sedentary fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 515:239-250. link



G. Kalinkat (2014) Bringing animal personality research into the food web arena. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83: 1245-1247. link



A. Schröder, A. van Leeuwen & T.C. Cameron (2014) When less is more: positive population-level effects of mortality. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29: 614-624. link



J. Alós, M. Palmer, M. Linde & R. Arlinghaus (2014) Consistent size-independent harvest selection on fish body shape in two recreationally exploited marine species. Ecology and Evolution, 4:2154-2164. link



J. Jourdan, F.W. Miesen, C. Zimmer, K. Gasch, F. Herder, E. Schleucher, M. Plath & D. Bierbach (2014) On the natural history of an introduced population of guppies (Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1859) in Germany. BioInvasions Records, 3: 3. link



T. Landgraf, H. Nguyen, J. Schroer, A. Szengel, R.J.G. Clément, D. Bierbach, & J. Krause (2014) Blending in with the shoal: Robotic fish swarms for investigating strategies of group formation in guppies. Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, 8608: 178-189. link



J. Alós, M. Palmer, I. A. Catalan, A. Alonso-Fernández, G. Basterretxea, A. Jordi, L. Buttay, B. Morales-Nin & R. Arlinghaus (2014). Selective exploitation of spatially structured coastal fish populations by recreational anglers may lead to evolutionary downsizing of adults. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 503: 219–233. link



R. H. J. M. Kurvers, J. Krause, D. P. Croft, A. D. M. Wilson & M. Wolf (2014) The evolutionary and ecological consequences of animal social networks: emerging issues. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29: 326-335. link



K. L. Laskowski & J. N. Pruitt (2014). Evidence of social niche construction: persistent and repeated social interactions generate stronger personalities in a social spider. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B, 281: 20133166. link



D. Bierbach, S. Oster, J. Jourdan, L. Arias-Rodriguez, J. Krause, A.M. Wilson, & M. Plath (2014). Social network analysis resolves temporal dynamics of male dominance relationships. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology,  6: 935-945. link



M. Wolf & J. Krause (2014). Why personality differences matter for social functioning and social structure. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29: 306-308. link


Bachelor and Master Theses



Marie Habedank (2016-present) Epigenetische Effekte beim klonalen Amazon-Kärpfling (Poecilia formosa), Bachelor thesis



Jasmin Drägestein (2016-present) Short term effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on the social behavior of Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Master thesis



Juliane Lukas (2016-present) Behavioral adaptations of a feral guppy population (Poecilia retifulata Peters, 1859) to temperature gradients in thermally polluted freshwaters. Master thesis



Gloria Mennen (2016-present) The influence of predator behaviour type on invasive prey consumption, Master thesis.



Sebastian Thiesse (2016-present) Food-dependent development of behavioural types and their link to life-histories, Master thesis.



Catalina Gliese (2015-2015) Präzygotische reproduktive Isolation zwischen verschiedenen Selektionslinien des Zebrabärblings (Danio rerio), Bachelor thesis.



Nadine Muggelberg (2015-2016, with Dr. Tim Landgraf, FU Berlin) Social learning and following behavior towards a biomimetic robot in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata), Bachelor thesis.



Johanna Tiefenbacher (2015-2015) Die Rolle der sozialen Umgebung bei der Ontogenie von Perönlichkeitsunterschieden bei klonalen Amazonen-Kärpflingen (Poecilia formosa), Bachelor thesis.



Claudia Cigliano (2014-2015) Personality across the ontogeny of Gambusia holbrooki: A longitudinal study, Bachelor thesis.



Linda Sartoris (2014-2015) Dominanzhierarchien bei klonalen Amazonen-Käpflingen (Poecilia formosa), Bachelor thesis.



Ronja Wenchel (2014-2015) Avoidance of sexual harassment and the role of personality in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), Master thesis.



Richard Benthin (2014-2015) Der Einfluss des sozialen Umfelds auf die Entwicklung von interindividuellen Verhaltensunterschieden bei klonalen Amazonen-Kärpflingen (Poecilia formosa), Bachelor thesis.



Tim Evers (2014-2015) Zusammenhang zwischen der individuellen Aktivität und Körperform bei Zebrabärblingen (Danio rerio), Bachelor thesis



Mara Beck (2014-2015) Characterization of the feeding strategies and dietary niche partitioning in a fish community of a small natural lake revealed by stable isotope analyses, Master thesis.



Tonio Pieterek (2013-2015) Determinanten der anglerischen Fangbarkeit von Hechten (Esox lucius), Master thesis.



John Briege (2014) Vergleich des Verhaltens von geangelten und in Stellnetzen gefangenen Barschen (Perca fluviatilis L.), Bachelor thesis.



Stefan Gehrig (2013-2014) Consequences of animal personality on social partner choice and group performance in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata), Bachelor thesis.