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, facilitates the acquisition of key qualifications for research and career planning, and enhances networking options within and beyond Tübingen. Supervision by individual Thesis Advisory Committees (TAC) and evaluation by an External Advisory Board guarantee the quality of training within EVEREST.


PhD defence: Maria Spyrou

25 Jul 2018 ► Maria Spyrou has successfully defended her PhD on the evolutionary history of plague as revealed through the analysis of ancient Yersinia pestis genomes (publications 1 and 2). Her work helps clarifying the origin and spread of the disease in ancient Eurasia, and demonstrates the low genetic diversity in the bacterium during Black Death outbreaks prior to its regional extinction. Congratulations!

Conference: Registration open for Phylogenetic Symposium 2018

25 Jul 2018 ► This years "Phylogenetisches Symposium" will be hosted by Ingmar Werneburg (Senckenberg Center) and Oliver Betz (Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates) at the University of Tübingen. Registration is now open - please check the meeting website.

PhD Defence: Clara Nesongano

16 Jul 2018 ► Clara Nesongano of the Plant Ecology group has successfully defended her PhD project on effects of climate change, land-use and elevated CO2 on tree-grass interactions in southern African savannas. Congratulations!


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!

PhD defence: Alexander Peltzer has graduated

20 May 2018 ► 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. Congratulations!