EVEREST: Evolution and Ecology Research School Tübingen

The graduate programme EVEREST offers doctoral students interdisciplinary education in evolution and ecology. It promotes the scientific independence of participating students and facilitates the acquisition of key qualifications for research and career planning. Supervision by individual Thesis Advisory Committees (TAC) and evaluation by an External Advisory Board guarantee the quality of training within EVEREST.


EVEREST connects researchers in evolution and ecology from Tübingen and beyond through various activities such as the Hilgendorf Lecture and Meeting StEvE.


Want to know more? Check the formalities behind EVEREST in its key principles and their practical implementation in the EVEREST bylaws. Specific hints regarding registration, TAC formation or FAQ are available in our information for EVEREST students.


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16 Jul 2018


PhD Defence: Clara Nesongano

Clara Nesongano of the Plant Ecology group successfully defended her PhD project on effects of climate change, land-use and elevated CO2 on tree-grass interactions in southern African savannas.



14 June 2018



More than 30 PhD students and faculty participated in this year's EVEREST BBQ on Tübingen castle's eastern Bastion.

A warm thank you to Alexandros Karakostis and his team for organizing this relaxed event, and Nick Conard for hosting us!


23 May 2018


PhD defence: Alexander Peltzer has graduated

EVEREST PhD student Alexander Peltzer successfully defended his PhD project in bioinformatics and palaeogenetics. Alexander developed novel computational methods for the analysis of ancient DNA, and co-authored an automated reconstruction software for genome sequence (EAGER) now successfully applied to challenging cases such as Egyptian mummies. Moreover, Alexander contributed to the establishment of standardized handling and management of palaeogenetics data.


We congratulate him again on his graduation!

09 May 2018


Publication: Daytime eyeshine contributes to pupil camouflage in a marine fish

Eyeshine from ocular reflectors behind the retina enhances eye sensitivity in dim light, e.g. in cat pupils at night. Some cryptice fish families exhibit eyeshine only during the day, forgoing this option. Using field underwater spectroradiometry and visual modelling, Matteo Santon et al. (Sci Reports) describe a vertebrate that features daytime eyeshine to reduce the conspicuousness of its large unobstructed pupils to the perspective of a prey species. This mechanism likely optimises the trade-off between camouflage and vision.

25 Apr 2018

Workshop: open source software in morphology

End of September (24.09.-28.09.2018) a workshop by the Morphology Group of the German Zoological Society (DZG) entitled "Application of Open source software packages for processing and analysis of morphological datasets" will be organized by Stefan Fischer (Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates group) in Tübingen. Registration and agenda (german).

18 Apr 2018


EVE seminar: Updated program SoSe 2018

We have updated the schedule for the Evolution and Ecology (EVE) seminar series in the summer semester 2018. Presentations take place every Tuesday at 12:00 (st!) in lecture hall N12 (Auf der Morgenstelle 28). For exceptions and program details check the EVE seminar pages or follow @EvE_seminars on Twitter.

11 Apr 2018

Hilgendorf lecture program SoSe 2018

We have updated the schedule for the Hilgendorf Lecture series in summer 2018. Please check details on our three internationally reknown speakers and their talks spanning from human evolution to metacommunity ecology.

13 Feb 2018


PhD defence: Alexandros Karakostis has graduated

Everest PhD student Alexandros Fotios Karakostis successfully defended his PhD project. He demonstrated that morphometric traits among hand entheses reliably reflect two main types of manual occupation, precise versus powerful grips. His approach to a highly debated topic offers promising application to paleoanthropology and forensic anthropology. Despite an exceptionally short PhD phase (2 years), Alexandros already published the majority of his findings (Am. J. Phys. Anthrop. A, B, Swiss Gen. J.). Congratulations!

14 Dec 2017



Publication: Retinal anatomy and fish vision

Environment and lifestyle exert selective pressure on, and shape the evolution of, visual systems. Eye anatomy thus often reveals specialisations to ecological niches and light environments. Roland Fritsch et al. (Front. Neuro-anatomy) analysed retinal anatomy of the benthic Mediterranean fish Tripterygion delaisi using retinal wholemounts and histology. The spatial distri-bution, patterns, and density of photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells revealed a pronounced fovea and other adaptations to a micro-predatory and cryptobenthic lifestyle.


10 Nov 2017

Meeting StEvE 2017 with 80 participants

More than 80 students and scientists attended this year's Meeting of Students in Evolution and Ecology (StEvE) in Tübingen, hosted by the Plant Evolutionary Ecology group. Please find a short summary and pictures on StEvE pages.
12 Oct 2017

PhD retreat 2017 a big success

16 EVEREST PhD students participated in this year's PhD retreat. The event took place at the picturesque Burg Derneck on the Swabian Alb, and included guided tours to the former military training area near Münsingen and the stalactite cave Bärenhöhle.

Check the full report.


05 Oct 2017

Conference poster award to Judith Beier

EVEREST student Judith Beier has been awarded the Student Poster Prize at the 7th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE) held in Leiden, Netherlands. Her poster presented the first comprehensive and quantitative analysis of "Skull trauma probabilities in Neanderthals and Upper Paleolithic modern humans", representing an important indicator for reconstructions of paleolithic lifestyles.



13 Sep 2017

Hilgendorf Lecture program WS 2017/18

We have updated the schedule for the Hilgendorf Lecture series in winter 2017/18. Please check details on our four internationally reknown speakers and their talks spanning from paleoanthropology and human evolution to pitfalls when experimentally studying traces of sexual and natural selection.

EVEREST contacts


Prof. Dr. Nico Michiels
Animal Evolutionary Ecology (email)


Prof. Dr. Hervé Bocherens
Paleobiology, Vice Speaker (email)



Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati


Prof. Dr. Oliver Bossdorf
Plant Evolutionary Ecology



Dr. Nils Anthes (email)


Dr. Dorothée Drucker (email)



University of Tuebingen

Faculty of Science

Institute of Evolution and Ecology

Auf der Morgenstelle 28 E

5th floor, room A32

72076 Tuebingen

Email: everest(at)uni-tuebingen.de