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BSc-theses completed in our research group (2012 onward):


Dimopoulou A-I (2023) The impact of simulated heatwaves on field cricket's reproduction: A study on Gryllus bimaculatus. BSc-thesis (LMU).



Brecht S (2022) Influence of human disturbance on fledged Eurasian curlew chicks in their breeding grounds in Bavaria. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Glikman S (2022) Individual variation in brown bear diet. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Glombik S (2022) Hello Neighbor: The Effects of Neighbors on Blue Tits and Great Tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Herter E (2022) Do male southern field crickets adjust their level of aggressiveness to their opponent’s aggressiveness? BSc-thesis (LMU).

Maliqi MB (2022) Do individuals adjust their level of aggressiveness to their opponent’s body size? BSc-thesis (LMU).

Ritter E (2022) On the applicability of Bergmann's and Rensch's rule to dragonfly larvae (Aeshnidae). BSc-thesis (LMU).

Schark LJ (2022) Assortative mating for size in the damselflies species Lestes sponsa and Coenargion puella. BSc-thesis (LMU).



Angelakakis A (2021) The mating behaviour and fitness consequences of polyandry in the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Ammer L-M (2021) Microhabitat predictors of tick density, nest box occupancy, and tick burden on great tits and blue tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Collet F (2021) Does water temperature affect phenology of Dragonflies (Anisoptera)? BSc-thesis (LMU).

Deschauer J (2021) Exploratory behavior of great tits and blue tits and the validation of a new scoring method among species. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Dorr G (2021) An open field experiment: aggression and breeding density in great and blue tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Frankova M (2021) The correlation of exploratory behaviour and reproductive success in great tits (Parus major) and blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus). BSc-thesis (LMU).

Geitner SI (2021) Aggression and breeding success in great and blue tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Gombos P (2021) Effects of invertebrate predators on the spine length of dragonfly larvae. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Kujawa W (2021) Sources of variation in sex ratios in dragonflies at emergence. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Lutje SA (2021) Breeding density and reproductive success in blue tits and great tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Mueller R (2021) Influence of bird diversity on tick abundance. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Neitzel F (2021) Variation in colourmorphs of Aeshnidae in a German moor. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Pontius S (2021) Anisoptera diversity and species composition based on environmental factors in a German moor.).

Reusch S (2021) The effect of human recreation on ticks and tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).



Grandman M (2020) Sperm quality of fighting crickets: a study on Gryllus campestris. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Lodge L (2020) Female choice: beyond the nuptial gift. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Mangliers J (2020) Do males add chemical cues to their silk that elicit nuptial gift acceptance by females? BSc-thesis (LMU).

Miller N (2020) Micro-habitat predictors of ticks and tits BSc-thesis (LMU).

Nafiger A (2020) Effects of population density manipulation on breeding parameters in great tits (Parus major) and blue tits (Parus caeruleus). BSc-thesis (LMU).

Schmidt J (2020) How does supplementary feeding affect breeding density in great tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Toll K (2020) Is exploration behaviour related to body size? A comparison between blue and great tits. BSc-thesis (LMU).

von Drach S (2020) Effects of body condition, mating status, and experience on the courtship of male Pisaura mirabilis spiders. BSc-thesis (LMU).



Ramsauer M (2019) Zusammenhänge zwischen dem Explorations und Brutverhalten bei der Kohlmeise (Parus major). Zulassungsarbeit, Lehramt (LMU).

Scheidt S (2019) Song overlap in response to aggression in great tits (Parus major). BSc-thesis (LMU).

Schenkel E (2019) The impact of different operational sex ratios on the gift-giving strategy in Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis (LMU).

Steinbichl L (2019) The reliability of song overlap as a signal of aggression. BSc-thesis (LMU).



Bartsch B (2018) Does exploratory behavior predict singing behavior in wild male great tits (Parus major). BSc-thesis.

Buekens L (2018) Is aggressiveness signaled via song in great tits, parus major, and do
receivers respond to that? BSc-thesis.

Dollinger C (2018) Reproductive Behaviour of Micrommata virescens and its implications for sexual dimorphism. BSc-thesis.

Heimerl D (2018) Testing the effect of sperm competition intensity on the gift strategy in Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis.

Platzdasch K (2018) Strategic adjustment of mating effort in response to increased mating opportunities in Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis.



Käser K (2017) Die Heritablität des Explorationsverhaltens bei der Kohlmeise (Parus major) - Durchführung einer Freilandstudie in Oberbayern. Zulassungsarbeit, Lehramt.

Leicht O (2017) Singt mein Nachbar so wie ich? Eine Studie über die räumliche Verteilung verschiedener Gesangstypen bei Kohlmeisen. Zulassungsarbeit, Lehramt.

Rohr V (2017) Is song overlapping indicating aggressiveness in wild great tits, Parus major? BSc-thesis.

Strauß A (2017) Does overnight temperature influence the singing behaviour in wild great tits, Parus major? BSc-thesis.

Waecker K (2017) Strategy-related survival of the male Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis.



Jager H (2016) Effects of social interactions of Gryllus bimaculatus on behaviour and its within-individual variance. Bsc-thesis.

Kellner F (2016) Influence of social environment on the advertisement calls of Gryllus campestris. BSc-thesis.

Laue J (2016) The effects of urban environmental components on nestling stomach contents. A case study in Great Tits. Bsc-thesis.

Madueno C (2016) The central role of courtship behaviour in Pisaura mirabilis males. BSc-thesis.

Matzke M (2016) Strategy-related survival of male spiders: honest vs. cheating male tactics. BSc-thesis.

Reicheneder EA (2016) Effects of supplementary feeding on feeding bevahiour on urban great tits. Bsc-thesis.

Tschetsch L (2016) The field crickets Grylus bimaculatus alter their sperm investment as predicted by sperm competition theory. BSc-thesis.



Boexler S (2015) In the presence of the enemy: the effects of rival male interaction on male mating behaviour in the nuptial feeding spider Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis.

Fritz Y (2015) The effect of socio-sexual interactions on sperm investment in field crickets. BSc-thesis.

Ganz L (2015) The predictive value of lichens on the reproductive success of Great Tits, Parus major. BSc-thesis.

Hausmann A (2015) Composition and structure of urban tree populations and their impact on reproductive traits in Parus major. BSc-thesis.

Hucklenbroich H (2015) Silk Investment in the Gift-giving Spider Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis.

Schulte-Doinghaus S (2015) Influences of prey availability and inter sexual competition on the reproductive strategy of Pisaura mirabilis. BSc-thesis.

van Hornstein D (2015) Neugierverhalten bei Tieren. BSc-thesis.



Beck K (2014) Social interactions in juvenile scarlet macaws (Ara macao) before and after a release. BSc-thesis.

Beyer M (2014) The effect of body condition on male mating strategies in a nuptial gift-giving spider. BSc-thesis.

Hutfluss A (2014) Does vegetation structure affect reproductive success in urban areas? A case study in great tits. BSc-thesis.

Krahn S (2014) A comparative study of cognitive abilities in the tool-using New Caledonian crow (Corvus moneduloides) and a non-tool using corvid, the jackdaw (Corvus monedula) and the peacock (Pavo cristatus) as a galliform out-group comparison. BSc-thesis.

Linder C (2014) Do New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) reason about hidden causal agents?- A critical reassessment of the study by Taylor et al. (2012). BSc-thesis.

Schambeck J (2014) Insect abundance along urban-to-rural gradients and its potential influences on behaviour and reproductive success in great tits. BSc-thesis.

Strobl A (2014) Study of physical cognition and tool use abilities in corvids. BSc-thesis.



Landshammer M (2013) The incentive of keeping or conquering a shelter and its impact on dominance relationships in Gryllus bimaculatus. BSc-thesis.

Kampfleuthner F (2013) Habitat variability as an effect on breeding parameters in great tits (Parus major). BSc-thesis.


MSc-theses completed in our research group (2012 onward):


Affatato P (2022) Sweet Taste Preference in the Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis). MSc-thesis (LMU).

Akyuerek Y (2022) Sex ratio bias and the sex-specific behavioural differences in dragonfly larvae. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Bartsch B (2022) No nest box is an island – neighbor personalities influence reproductive success in tits. An interspecific comparison. MSc-thesis (University of Vienna).

Belojevic J (2022) Don’t stop me now: Co-display in Ruffs (Calidris pugnax). MSc-thesis (LMU).

Mortier M (2022) Condition-dependent chemical signals of silk in male Pisaura mirabilis spiders. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Ramírez Loza JP (2022) Evolutionary and kinship demography of a long-lived, high-Arctic ungulate: the Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus). MSc-thesis (LMU).

Siemens L (2022) The effect of intraspecific and interspecific competition on reproduction success and behaviour in a sympatric population of Great (Parus major) and Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus). MSc-thesis (University of Groningen).

Whitley BS (2022) An integrated population model methodology for incorporating the effect of inbreeding on fecundity in Svalbard reindeer. MSc-thesis (LMU).



Neuhaus A (2021) The impact of human disturbance and exploration behavior on the reproductive success of great and blue tits. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Özgün Uludag K (2021) Exploring chemical communication in the hunting spider Pisaura mirabilis. MSc-thesis (LMU).



Heimerl D (2020) Effects of adult sec ratio variation and male individual traits on the expression of alternative reproductive tactics in Pisaura mirabilis. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Tietze C (2020) Effects of environmental factors on breeding parameters and reproductive success of female great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis (LMU).



Chang Y (2019) Behavioral responses of acuminate horseshoe bats to sexually dimorphic echolocation calls. MSc-thesis (LMU).

de Felipe Toro M (2019) The repeatability of boldness and its functional relationships with body size in a non-model bird species. MSc-thesis (LMU).

de Framond Benard L (2019) Do bats adjust their echolocation calls to weather-induced variations in atmospheric attenuation to maintain detection distance? MSc-thesis (LMU).

Dimitrova B (2019) Counteracting deceptive partners: exploring the role of previous experience on female mate choice. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Labrujere R (2019) Influence of food availability and population density on plasticity and personality in the great tit (Parus major). MSc-thesis (Leiden).

Lombardo E (2019) Links between habitat quality and territory defence behaviours in Parus major. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Strauß A (2019) Do you like sweet? Sugar preferences and sucrose aversion in migratory songbirds. MSc-thesis (LMU).



Calderón M (2018) Foraging is density-independent among millions of straw-coloured fruit bats. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Cordoba AJ (2018) Plastic acoustic responses to a variable social environment in a wild cricket. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Bastidas AM (2018) The effect of light on web building preferences in spiders. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Galvez L (2018) Density-dependent growth and pace-of-life syndromes: what tradeoffs generate large-scale phenotypic covariation? MSc-thesis (LMU).

Matzke M (2018) Paternity patterns – the effect of mating order on reproductive success of male spiders Pisaura mirabilis. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Rollins R (2018) Consequence of human disturbance on an avian host and its tick parasite. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Thiso S (2018) Do trade-offs explain polymorphisms in alternative reproductive tactics? A study on wild population of Gryllus campestris. MSc-thesis (LMU).

Bastidas AM (2018) The effect of light on web building preferences in spiders. MSc-thesis.

Rollins R (2018) Consequence of human disturbance on an avian host and its tick parasite. MSc-thesis.

Thiso S (2018) Do trade-offs explain polymorphisms in alternative reproductive tactics? A study on wild population of Gryllus campestris. MSc-thesis.



Lu CC (2017) Effect of winter food supplementation on breeding density and the maintenance of the variation in exploratory behaviour of great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis.

Netz C (2017) A neural-network model for predator-prey coevolution. MSc-thesis.

Ulrick J (2017) The impact of temperature on behavioural traits in G. campestris. MSc-thesis.



Hutfluss A (2016) Annoying neighbours: effects of human disturbance on the reproductive behaviour of great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis.

Morozova E (2016) Dominance hierarchy recognition by lesser spear-nosed bats (Phyllostomus discolor) based on aggressive calls. MSc-thesis.

Pei Y (2016) The biogeography of time shifters in avian top predators: shifting activity time to avoid interference competition. MSc-thesis.

Perdigon J (2016) An assessment of the effect of density-dependent and frequency-dependent selection on the maintenance of variation on aggressive behaviour on great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis.

Rigau M (2016) Heritability and genetic correlations between behavioural traits in wild great tits. MSc-thesis.

Robledo Ruiz D (2016) The personality of Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) and its role in sexual selection within a social context. MSc-thesis.



Heilmaier L (2015) Exploring the link between sampling behaviour and exploratory tendency in wild-caught great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis (Technische Universität München).

Lattenkamp EZ (2015) Passive listening in Rhinolophus ferrumequinum: Do horseshoe bats complement their echolocation with listening for prey-generated sounds? MSc-thesis.

Stenhouse G (2015) Parasites in great tit nests: their relationship with urbanisation and effects on nestlings. MSc-thesis.



Barros D (2014) The effects of urbanization on behaviour and reproductive success in Great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis.

Kaiser A (2014) Perceived predation risk and its effect on the short-term behavior and life-history traits of great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium).

Velado P (2014) Species status of the Neotropical butterfly Heliconius pardalinus sergestus. MSc-thesis.
Tüzün N (2013) Coping with social environment: aggression in response to relative opponent size in field crickets. MSc-thesis.



Kuechler A (2013) Density dependent selection in the aggressive behavior of great tits. Diploma-thesis (Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald).



Hammerstein S (2012) Nestling provisioning behaviour and parent personality in great tits (Parus major). MSc-thesis.

Meli S (2012) Does the activity-exploration behavioural syndrome predict dominance status in field crickets? MSc-thesis (University of Padua, Italy).


PhD-theses completed in our research group (2012 onward):


Hutfluss A (2021) Plasticity, personality and stability: hidden levels of variation in bird song. PhD-thesis (LMU).

Mouchet A (2021) Individual variation in behaviour: adaptive mechanisms and ecological drivers. PhD-thesis (LMU).

Pohl A (2019) Competitive advantages of invasive ants PhD-thesis (LMU).

Moirón M (2018) Adaptive causes of among-individual differences in behaviour - from theory to data. PhD-thesis (LMU).

Abbey-Lee RN (2016) Effects of perceived predation risk on individual great tit life-history and behaviour. PhD-thesis (LMU).

Santostefano F (2016) Consequences of social interactions on the evolution of individual differences in behaviour. PhD-thesis (LMU).

Araya-Ajoy YG (2015) Multi-level variation in labile characters: adaptive causes and evolutionary consequences. PhD-thesis (LMU).

Mutzel A (2013) The role of parental care in shaping personality-related variation in reproductive success in free-living passerines. PhD-thesis (LMU).