Institute of Evolution and Ecology


Welcome to the

Institute of Evolution and Ecology

At the Institute of Evolution and Ecology we follow integrative approaches to address a broad range of research questions in organismal biology (see below). We teach in the Bachelor and Master degrees in biology, geo-ecology, and biochemistry and provide extensive individual research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students (see details on the home pages of the constituent groups).

We are part of the Evolution and Ecology Forum Tübingen (EvE), a meeting platform for scientists working in the broad field of evolution and ecology. The institute comprises six groups.
Director: Prof. Dr. Heinz-R. Köhler (Animal Physiological Ecology)
Vice-Director: Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger (Plant Ecology).


Contact: Brigitte Hinderer, secretary, phone: +49-(0)7071-2972610, fax: +49-(0)7071-295344


Master program: MSc in Biology, Major in Evolution and Ecology



GroupsFields / facilitiesResearch groups
Animal Evolutionary Ecology
Marine visual ecology
Fish colourmechanisms
Fish reproductive ecology
Prof. Dr. Nico Michiels
Dr. Nils Anthes
Dr. Katja Heubel
Animal Physiological Ecology

Stress ecology
Stream bypass mesocosms

Prof. Dr. Heinz-R. Köhler
Prof. Dr. Rita Triebskorn
Katharina Peschke

Comparative Zoology

Comparative vertebrate zoology
Zoological collection
Federsee laboratory

Prof. Dr. Katharina Foerster
Dr. Erich Weber
Dr. Klaus Eisler
Dr. Henri Thomassen

Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates
Functional & ecological morphology
Insect vision
Prof. Dr. Oliver Betz
Dr. Stefan Fischer

Plant Evolutionary Ecology

Evolutionary ecology
Biological invasions
Ecological epigenetics
Ecology & evolution of fungi
Herbarium Tubingense

Prof. Dr. Oliver Bossdorf
Dr. Robert Colautti
Dr. Sigisfredo Garnica
Dr. Ingeborg Haug
Plant Ecology
Global change biology
Community ecology
Population ecology
Invasive plants
Sustainability research
Ecological modelling
Botanical garden

Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger
Dr. Mark Bilton
Dr. Michal Gruntman
Dr. Mirka Macel

Lecturer for Botany
Teaching in botanyDr. Sandra Dietz
Botany and MykologyLecturer for botany and mykologyDr. Angelika Honold
Private Lecturers
(without regular occupation
at the Institute)
Prof. Dr. Sven Gemballa
PD Dr. Reinhard Gerecke
PD Dr. Alfons Renz
Prof. Dr. Michael Weiß