Michael Tobler

Michael Tobler

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Research interests

My research interests lie within the framework of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology, with special focus on ecophysiology and immunoecology. I use experimental approaches to investigate evolutionary mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation. A central aspect of my most recent projects is the role of oxidative stress and telomeres as physiological mediators of life history strategies and trade-offs. Past work as well as current side projects concern variation in (maternally derived) steroid hormones and their effect on the offspring phenotype. For my work, I use lizards and birds as a study species.

Short biography

I graduated in Integrative Biology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2002 and subsequently moved to Sweden where I went on to do a PhD at the Department of Animal Ecology, Lund University, between 2003 and 2007. After my PhD defense, I have been involved in several research projects in Sweden and Australia (supported by a post-doctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation and a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (FP7)). I am currently involved in a research project on immune-ecology and ageing in birds. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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