Thematic Research Group: Concepts and Computation in Ecology and Evolution (C2E2)

We are a group of scientists, post-doctoral and PhD students from IZW who study ecological and evolutionary questions and share a common interest in theoretical modeling, method development, and big and small data analysis.
At the level of the Leibniz Association, we are therefore part of the Leibniz-Cluster Mathematical Modelling and Simulation (MMS). Within this scope, our projects capture the following three research foci: Parametric statistics (Data Mining, Test Design, R), Stochastic Processes/Monte-Carlo-Simulation, Dynamic and Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE) Systems.
Some of us work in close collaboration with members of other Leibniz institutes (IGB, MfN and WIAS).

Our research activities are:

Advanced statistical analysis

We perform a wide range of advanced parametric statistical analyses, including: mixed effects models (incl. phylogenetic regressions and quantitative genetics), Bayesian inference, Capture-Mark-Recapture (CMR), network analyses and spatial analyses using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

Analytical and simulation modelling

We study the evolution of mate choice, dispersal, speciation and virulence using both analytical models (adaptive dynamics, ODE) and simulations (spatial and non-spatial agent based models).

Package/Software/Workflow Development

We develop methods for the analysis of genomic datasets, geodatabases, data collected from camera traps and GPS collars, spatial assignment of organisms based on their isotopic signatures, as well as general computational toolkits.

Group members:

Jan Axtner
Alexandre Courtiol (coordinator)
Mathias Franz
Robert Hagen (alumnus)
Lucile Marescot
Robert Schwieger
Rahel Sollmann