Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
|Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology|
|[ for Evolutionary Biology ]
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
|Carrier:||Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science eV|
|Legal form of the carrier:||registered association|
|Seat of the wearer:||Munich|
|Type of research:||Basic research|
|Areas of expertise:||Evolutionary ecology , evolutionary genetics , evolution theory|
|Management:||Arne Traulsen , Diethard Tautz (Managing Director), Paul B. Rainey (Directors)|
The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology is a research facility of the Max Planck Society in Plön and is dedicated to basic research in evolutionary biology . It is currently divided into the departments of evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, and evolutionary theory and some complementary research groups.
The institute has existed in its current form since March 2007. Before that, the institute was named MPI for Limnology . Predecessor institutes were the Biological Station in Plön, founded by Emil Otto Zacharias in 1891 , which was taken over in 1917 by the Kaiser Wilhelm Society as a hydrobiological institute under the direction of August Thienemann . The German Sunda Expedition of 1928/29, in which Thienemann was significantly involved, marked the beginning of tropical limnology. The Hydrobiological Institute was taken over by the Max Planck Society in 1948. The "Fuldastation" (later limnological river station) in Schlitz in Hesse was attached to the institute in 1949 as a branch. In 1957 Harald Sioli became managing director and independent department head of the hydrological institute. In 1966 it was renamed MPI for Limnology with the departments General Limnology (Jürgen Overbeck) and Tropical Ecology (Harald Sioli). In 1978 Sioli retired. In 1984 the Department of Ecophysiology was founded under the direction of Winfried Lampert and the Tropical Ecology working group was established under Wolfgang Junk. After Overbeck's retirement in 1991, the Limnological River Station became an independent working group under Peter Zwick.
In 1999 the Department of Evolutionary Ecology was established under the direction of Manfred Milinski . With this, as well as with the retirement of Winfried Lampert and the retirement of Peter Zwick, the closure of the limnological river station and the establishment of the evolutionary genetics department under the direction of Diethard Tautz in 2006, a major change came about. The Plön Institute was renamed the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology by a Senate resolution of March 2007. Wolfgang Junk retired in 2007 and the tropical ecology working group was dissolved. In 2008 the independent Emmy-Noether Young Investigators Group (DFG) "Evolutionary Dynamics" began its work under the direction of Arne Traulsen. In 2009 John Baines was appointed joint professor at the University of Kiel and the MPI within the framework of the "Inflammation at Interfaces" cluster of excellence. In 2010 the Max Planck research group "Experimental Evolution" under the direction of Duncan Greig started its work, followed in 2011 by an Emmy Noether junior research group "Dynamics of Species Communities" and in 2014 a research group "Environmental Genomics" under the direction of Eva Stukenbrock.
In the same year Arne Traulsen was appointed third director at the institute and head of the evolution theory department. In 2015, the Max Planck Research Group Behavioral Genomics began its work under the direction of Miriam Liedvogel, and in 2016 another Max Planck research group started with Tobias Kaiser's group "Biological Clocks".
A new director, Paul Rainey, was also appointed at the end of 2016. He heads the department "Microbial Population Biology", which is the successor to Manfred Milinski's department. Paul Rainey - previously professor at Massey University, New Zealand - was appointed an external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute in 2011 and has been at the institute for several months a year since then to head the research group experimental and evolutionary genetics.
International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)
The institute is involved in the International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology , an English-language doctoral program . Further partners in the IMPRS are the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel . The IMPRS speakers are Diethard Tautz (MPI) and Hinrich Schulenburg (Uni Kiel).
- Harald Sioli, Hans Jürgen Overbeck , Joachim Illies : Max Planck Institute for Limnology , Munich: Generalverwaltung d. Max Planck Society, Munich 1976, (series of reports and communications from the Max Planck Society, Volume 76.1)
- Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (BMS) , pages 475–479, Max Planck Institute for Limnology , pages 902–911, Hydrobiological Institute of the Kaiser Wilhelm / Max Planck Society (BMS) Pages 672–687, in: Eckart Henning , Marion Kazemi : Handbook on the history of the institutes of the Kaiser Wilhelm / Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science 1911–2011 - data and sources , Berlin 2016, 2 volumes, volume 1 : Institutes and research centers AL ( online, PDF, 75 MB ) (chronology of the institute and its two predecessor institutes)