It’s not my fault: How the social environment shapes individual behavior and vice versa

MGSE Workshop, 25 - 26 June 2018

On 25 - 26 June, twenty students, postdocs and faculty met for the MGSE workshop, “It’s not my fault: how the social environment shapes individual behavior and vice versa". The workshop was organized by ETT-Fellows Mike Hennessey (Wright State University) and Christina Grozinger (Penn State University), who were joined by Clare Rittschof from University of Kentucky. The workshop participants discussed current research in this field in both vertebrate and invertebrate model systems, and leveraged insights from these systems to develop integrative questions that spanned fields and systems and represented emerging research areas. In particular, the workshop participants were interested in understanding how plasticity is organized across life stages and different life histories, the ecological conditions that favor the evolution of individual recognition, and how parasite pressure shaped social organization and vice versa. The workshop participants left feeling energized and inspired, with ideas for new collaborative projects and initiatives.

Organizers: ETT-Fellow Prof. Dr. Christina Grozinger, ETT-Fellow Prof. Dr. Michael Hennessy, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gadau

Public lectures

Lecture hall HHü, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, Hüfferstr. 1

Monday, 25 June 2018


Prof. Dr. Clare Rittschof (University of Kentucky, US)
"Sum of its parts: individuality in a highly social organism?"

15.15 Prof. Dr. Christina Grozinger (Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, US)
"Cooperation and conflict in social insects"

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

16.00 Dr. Jolle Jolles (Max Planck Institute of Ornithology, Radolfzell)

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This Workshop was financially supported by