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300132 SE Basics and current progress in theory of evolution (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: English



The presentations will take place on Mondays at 2 pm. We will start after the Easter holidays and the presentations will take place online.
More information will be provided soon.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Joint reading and presentation of selected papers in evolutionary theory. This semester we will focus on maternal-offspring conflicts in evolution, including classic literature on altruism and kin selection.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation of a paper and joint discussions

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

presentation, discussion

Examination topics

Reading list

Hamilton, W. D. 1964. The genetical evolution of social behavior. 1. J. Theor. Biol. 7:1-16.

Hamilton, W. D. 1964. The genetical evolution of social behavior. 2. J. Theor. Biol. 7:17-52.

Trivers, R. L. 1974. Parent-offspring conflict. American Zoologist 14:249-264.

Metcalf, R. A., J. A. Stamps, and V. V. Krishnan. 1979. Parent-offspring conflict which is not limited by degree of kinship. J. Theor. Biol. 81:99-107.

Michod, R. E. 1982. The theory of kin selection. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 13:23-55.

Cheverud, J. M. 1984. Evolution by kin selection: A quantitative genetic model illustrated by maternal performance in mice. Evolution 38:766-777.

Queller, D. C. 1985. Kinship, reciprocity, and synergism in the evolution of social behaviour. Nature 318:366-367. In press.

Lynch, M. 1987. Evolution of intrafamilial interactions. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 84:8507-8511.

Haig, D. (1993). Genetic conflicts in human pregnancy. Quarterly Review of Biology, 68, 495-532.

Wolf JB, Brodie ED (1998). The coadaptation of parental and offspring characters. Evolution 52: 299–308.

Wolf JB (2000). Gene interactions from maternal effects. Evolution 54: 1882–1898.

Haig, D. (2000) The kinship theory of genomic imprinting. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 31, 9-32.

Wolf and Wade (2001) On the assignment of fitness to parents and offspring: whose fitness is it and when does it matter? J Evol Biol 14: 347-356.

Wilkins, J. F. & Haig, D. (2003) What good is genomic imprinting: the function of parent-specific gene expression. Nature Reviews Genetics, 4, 359-368.

Haig, D. (2004) Genomic imprinting and kinship: how good is the evidence? Annual Review of Genetics, 38, 553-585.

Wolf JB, Hager R (2006). A maternal-offspring coadaptation theory for the evolution of genomic imprinting. PLoS Biol 4: e380.

Wolf JB, Hager R (2009). Selective abortion and the evolution of genomic imprinting. J Evol Biol 22: 2519–2523.

Wolf JB, Wade MJ (2009). What are maternal effects (and what are they not)? Phil Trans R Soc B 364: 1107–1115.

Haig D. 2014. Coadaptation and conflict, misconception and muddle, in the evolution of genomic imprinting . Heredity 113, 96–103

Wolf JB, Wade MJ.2016. Evolutionary genetics of maternal effects. Evolution. 70-4: 827-839.

Association in the course directory

PhD, MAN 3, MES5

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