Kirsten Klappert

Dr. Kirsten Klappert

Department Aquatic Ecology

About Me

My current position as lab manager in the Aquatic Ecology has a very interesting and versatile profile.  To only mention a  few tasks I work in the molecular lab, take care of experimental animals (mainly local and New Zealand aquatic snails and other aquatic invertebrates), and go as a field assistant or to present results of our research on international conferences to various places all over the world (see pictures below). One of my main occupations is to support  Prof. Jokela's group in their research on the co-evolution of parasites, their hosts and and the influence of this inter-species relationship on the maintainance of sexual reproduction.


Visit of Anneli Hoikkala’s lab in Jyväskylä, Finland, in order to supervise the final project of a graduate student on sperm competition and sexual conflict in Drosophila montana, May 2006. At the same time attending a workshop on Candidate Genes organised by the EU Network.

Visit of Prof. Jean-Marc Jallon's lab, at the Université d’Orsay Paris-Sud, Orsay Cedex, France for one month, October 2005, to learn how to obtain cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of Drosophila montana samples with a gas chromatograph and how to analyse them.

Organising and teaching a workshop on QTLs and how to use QTL cartographer in the scope of a Meeting of the EU Research Training Network ("Genetic analysis of complex co-evolved behavioural traits") in St Andrews, September 2004.

Participant at the NC Summer Institute Statistical Genetics, Faro, Portugal, 2004, modules “Principles of Quantitative Genetics” and “Quantitative Trait Locus Mapping”

Teaching Assistant

  • Evolutionary biology: Laboratory course. Techniques and concepts of population genetics and phylogenetics.
University of St Andrews
  • Practical “Mechanisms in Animal Behaviour – Behaviour Genetics of Drosophila”, 2005 assisting in first semester, leading in second semester.
  • Lecture, Special topics in Evolutionary Biology, 2005 first and second semester, “Evolution of female choice and co-evolution of male traits and female preference”
  • Tutoring, 2nd year students in Evolutionary Biology, Module BL2005
  • Shared supervision of 4th year Honors Project Students
University Bonn, Germany
  • Introduction to biology. Winter term 1998, 1999, 2000. Summer term 1999.
  • Insect field ecology. Summer term 2000, 2001.
  • Evolutionary Ecology. Winter term 1998, 1999, 2000.
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • Practical Course in Ethology. Summer term 1996.
  • Field and Laboratory Assistant in a project on reproductive strategies in great tits (Parus major) in the Animal Behaviour working group of Prof. Dr. E. Curio at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. February 1996 – March 1997.
Student Assistant
Assistant in the Library of the Faculty of Biology, Ruhr-University Bochum. 1995 – 1997.
Animal housing (small rodents) at the Institute for Neurochemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum. 1996.

Intensive courses in Parasitology, Develpomental Biology and Animal Behaviour during graduate studies.

International Conference Contributions
ESEB, 13th Congress of European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Tübingen, Germany
Poster: “The winner takes it all! Evolutionary consequences of double infections in a
trematode/snail system". PDF


ESEB, 12th Congress of European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Torino, Italy
Poster: “Ecological adaptation of a fresh water snail in Iceland - or
is it speciation?”. PDF

ESEB, 11th Congress of European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala, Sweden
Poster: “Multiple Infections in a trematode/snail system”. PDF

ESEB, 10th Congress of European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Krakow, Poland
Poster: “Are the “kids a chip off the old block” in Drosophila montana?” PDF

ISBE, 10th International Behavioral Ecology Congress in Jyväskylä, Finland
Poster: "Flies in the face of theory – No co-evolution of male and female behaviour in Drosophila montana? “ PDF


DZG, 95th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft in Halle, Germany
Poster: "Fisher's versus Gute Gene: Wählen Heuschrecken-Weibchen indirekte Vorteile?" PDF

8th Meeting of PhD students in Evolutionary Biology in Lohja, Finland
Talk: “Is there a genetic correlate to acoustic attractiveness in male grasshoppers, Chorthippus biguttulus?”

ISBE, 9th International Behavioral Ecology Congress in Montreal, Canada
Talk: "A magnificent song pays: acoustic preference functions and sexual selection on the male calling song in the grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus“

7th Meeting of PhD students in Evolutionary Biology in Bernried, Germany
Talk: “Local Adaptation: Are “natives” more attractive?”

17th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Ethologische Gesellschaft (German Ethological Society) in Utrecht, Netherlands
Talk: „Local adaptation: Are “natives“ more attractive?“

DZG, 93rd Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft in Bonn, Germany Poster: "Was macht den Gesang eine Grashüpfermännchens so unwiderstehlich?" PDF

6th Meeting of PhD students in Evolutionary Biology in Leuven, Belgium
Talk: “What makes the song of a male grasshopper so irresistible?“

DZG, 92nd Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft in Innsbruck, Austria
Talk: „Seitensprung bei Kohlmeisen – Spielen fluktuierende Asymmetrie oder Blutparasiten der Männchen eine Rolle?“

DOG, 131st International Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft in Jena
Poster: „Kohlmeisen gehen fremd – aber mit wem?”

Curriculum Vitae
Postdoctoral position in the EU research training network “Analysis of complex   co-evolved behavioural traits in Drosophila montana”, in the Centre of Evolution, Genes and Genomics at the University of St Andrews, UK, under the supervision of Prof. M. G. Ritchie. March 2003 – September 2006.
Doctoral studies at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Bonn. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. K. P. Sauer and Dr. K. Reinhold. Thesis project “Examination of a new hypothesis for female choice: adaptive choice of locally adapted males” in the grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus. November 1998 – December 2002.
Marie Curie Student (training site “Biodiversity and Conservation”) at the faculty research group Ecology and Evolution of Prof. Roger K. Butlin at Leeds University, UK. Aim of the Research Training Project: Development of genetic markers (AFLP) for populations respectively attractiveness of Chorthippus biguttulus males. October – December 2001, February – May 2002.
Graduation with a first class diploma in Biology. June 1998.
Research for the diploma thesis in the Animal Behaviour working group of Prof. Dr. E. Curio at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Thesis title: “The relationship between fluctuating asymmetry and blood parasites with extra-pair copulations in great tits (Parus major)”. May 1997 – May 1998.
Oral diploma examinations in zoology, cytology/genetics and paleontology. April 1997.
Undergraduate study of Biology at the Ruhr-University Bochum. October 1991.
State certification as a Biological-Technical Assistant. June 1991.
Vocational training as a Biological-Technical Assistant at the Vocational Schools of the Hochsauerland district, Bigge-Olsberg, Germany. August 1989 – June 1991.
General qualification for university entrance (A-level). May 1989.


Phone: +41 58 765 5514
Fax: +41 58 765 5813
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133 Postfach 611
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU G16

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