The overwhelming and fascinating diversity of organisms on Earth, their way of life and their interactions are the result of continuous evolutionary processes. Research into evolutionary and selective processes is therefore of central importance for our understanding of biological diversity.

The iomE studies evolutionary changes in a variety of organisms with an emphasis on biotic interactions and selective processes


Computational Biology


Didactics of Biology

Behavioral Ecology

Molecular Genetics

Plant Defense Evolution

Evolutionary Genomics

Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology

Plant Sciences



Further Research Groups


Former Research Groups


The iomE working groups deal with topics such as the molecular genetic background of evolutionary processes, the development of social behaviour, symbiosis and parasitism in insects, the phylogeny and population genetics of primates including humans, the diversity of plants, the didactics of biology and the bioinformatic and statistical analysis of genomes.

For a comprehensive understanding of evolutionary processes, all levels of organismal and molecular complexity are investigated, from epigenetic changes to biological variability in populations or the phylogenetic relationship between species.

Accordingly, the spectrum of methods used is broad and includes ecological fieldwork, morphological, biochemical, population genetic and behavioural approaches as well as epigenetics, genomics, transcriptomics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics-statistical inference.