David Bierbach

Fish Behavior and Biorobotics

Research Overview

Predominantly, I am interested in the manifold ways by which multi-directional
communicative interactions in social networks affect the behavior of both signalers and
receivers of information. Several of my articles have focused on so-called
“non-independent” mate choice in which individuals choose mating partners based on
socially gathered information. I have strong interests in sexual selection, and several of
my articles have focused on questions related to the evolution of behaviors that act as
sexual selection factors, such as female and male mating preferences, and male-male
competition as well as courtship behavior. Furthermore, I am interested in within- and
between-individual variation in behavior ('personality'), and its evolutionary causes as
well as its consequences for social dynamics in group-living animals.

I pursue an integrative (and collaborative) approach and combine concepts and
methods from various biological disciplines ranging from ecology, evolution, and
animal behavior to physiology, genetics, and genomics. Specifically, I try to integrate
field-based studies with analytical and experimental approaches in the laboratory. 

Contact Information

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Müggelseedamm 310
D-12587 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30 64181 615
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Latest News

Why use natural clonal vertebrates in Ecology and Evolution? HERE are our thoughts in Nature Ecology & Evolution (03.02.2019)

Familiar clonal fish are more aggressive towards each other than unfamiliar ones – especially when there is food around! Check out our new paper in Animal Behavior HERE (03.02.2019)

Artificial light at night makes guppies bolder also during the day! See our new paper in Scientific Reports HERE (03.02.2019)

How to measure the social responsiveness of a fish? Use a biomimetic robot as social partner! Please click HERE to read our latest Robofish paper in Royal Society Open Science (24.08.2018)

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