Photo of a semi-natural enclosure setup that is part of an experiment that I am conducting.
On August 1st, I will return to the Bendesky Lab at Columbia University as a (in the beginning) remote member researching inbreeding in the house mouse study by Barbara König. More soon!
05/2020: I have successfully defended my PhD and will announce future plans soon! You can find my defence under the PhD Defence section.
03/2020: I will defend my thesis virtually on May 19th!
08/2019: I am back in Zurich and aim to finish my PhD in Q1/2020.
06/2019: I will give a talk summarizing my results so far at Evolution 2019 in Providence, RI, USA.
02/2019: I have moved to New York City for 6 months to study the genomics of dispersal in a free-living wild house mouse population with Andrés Bendesky at Columbia University.
09/2018: I will give a talk about early results from my enclosure experiment at the German Zoological Society meeting.
06/2018: I have been awarded with a Doc.Mobility grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will spend half of 2019 with Andrés Bendesky at Columbia University.
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My name is Jan-Niklas Runge and I'm a PhD candidate in evolutionary biology with the research group Evolution and Genetics of Social Behaviour at the University of Zurich (UZH). There, I am working on a selfish genetic element in house mice. Among other things, I want to understand how the element survived for as long as it did given the many fitness drawbacks it has. I specialized in behavioural biology during my M.Sc. studies at the University of Göttingen with field work on red-fronted lemurs at a research station of the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Kirindy forest, Madagascar. Apart from pure research, what also fascinates me about evolution is the impact that an understanding of our nature can and should have on our lives and our societies, which is why I gravitate towards the evolutionary humanist position.