Marion Nicolaus, PhD

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am an enthusiastic behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, broadly interested in the evolution of individual variation in behaviours and life-history strategies in wild animal populations. I am particularly interested in the role of social effects in the emergence and maintenance of observed phenotypic variation.

I’m currently employed as a postdoc researcher and work on a range of topics: evolution of animal personality, local adaptation processes, dispersal ecology, life-history evolution and avian colouration.

I conduct most of my research on long-term monitored passerine populations performing large-scale experiments in the wild and using tools from behavioural ecology and quantitative genetics.

You can also find me on Researche Gate ; Google Scholar and my personal blog

Education/Academic qualification

University of Groningen


Award Date: 30-Oct-2009

UNIV LOUIS PASTEUR, University of Strasbourg


Award Date: 1-Jul-2003

Univ Paris 11, University of Paris Sud - Paris XI


Award Date: 1-Jul-2001

External positions

postdoctoral position, Univ Pablo de Olavide, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Dept Mol Biol & Biochem Engn


postdoctoral position, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Seewiesen)



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