Molecular Evolutionary Ecology in Biodiversity

This 5-day summerschool is designed for doctoral researchers and will provide theoretical insights and hands-on experience in molecular, chemical, and eco-evolutionary questions and approaches for biodiversity research. Specifically, we will explore and discuss, through ecological and evolutionary lenses, how plant morphological and molecular traits can influence plant-environment interactions, for example through signaling potential animal dispersers.

After a general introduction, the 16 participants will split into two groups. The first group (6 people) will learn advanced methods in metabolomics and apply them to previously unstudied fig species from Madagascar. The second group (10 people) will focus on the ecology and evolution of morphological fruit traits and combine sampling of tropical fruits in Leipzig zoo with a systematic literature review to place their findings in a comprehensive ecological and genetic context. The two groups will then join again to learn phylogenetic comparative methods and apply them to their respective projects. The five-day program will end in a symposium in which all participants present their work and receive feedback from other participants and iDiv researchers.

Besides the scientific programme, there will be several social events during the summerschool, to get to know each other, the instructors, and other iDiv researchers, as well as the city of Leipzig.


The lecturers and project leaders of this summer school includes the scientific staff of the Molecular Interaction Ecology, the Evolutionary Ecology and the Evolution & Adaptation research groups.

Date and venue

The summer school takes place from 15 to 19 August 2022 at the iDiv building in Leipzig, Germany. The site has good transport connections to the city centre and to the accommodation.

The address is Puschstr. 4, 04103 Leipzig/Germany.


Unfortunately, the application period has passed. You can not apply for this summer school anymore.

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