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Dissertation

Biparental immune priming in the broad-nosed pipefish (Syngnathus typhle)

All living organisms are permanently exposed to harmful parasites and pathogens. The immune system and with it sophisticated strategies arose to face challenging pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. One outstanding strategy is the transfer of immunity from mothers to offspring known as “trans-generational...
Dissertation

Evolutionary and ecological perspectives on epidemiological traits in helminth...

The interaction of an organism with its environment is a hallmark of life and pre-requisite for natural selection. Among the strongest evolutionary processes is the interaction between hosts and parasites. Their antagonistic co-evolution of host defence and parasite exploitation is shaped through both...
Dissertation

Parental Investment and sexual immune dimorphism in cichlids ans syngnathids

I investigated how the interrelationship between parental investment and sexual immune dimorphism shape the evolution of parental care strategies within the cichlids and syngnathids. To understand why parental investment is displayed in such diversity in the animal kingdom, I assessed evolutionary and...