Welcome to the Animal Evolutionary Ecology Group

We study host-parasite systems, because both hosts and parasites evolve fast and are therefore ideal models to study evolution in action.

We address this field using both natural populations of hosts and parasites, and with experimental evolution in the lab.

Research: We use red flour beetles, three-spined sticklebacks and their parasites as our model organisms

Teaching activities: Our teaching activities encompass courses for the Bachelor (e.g. Evolution & Biodiversity of Animals, Animal Evolutionary Ecology) and the Master curriculum (e.g. Host-Parasite-Coevolution, Evolutionary Medicine).

Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz is our group leader, also serving as spokesman of both the:

DFG Research Training Group EvoPAD

Münster Graduate School of Evolution (MGSE)