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Tadeusz J. Kawecki - Associate Professor

I am interested in the evolution of adaptive traits, particularly in response to novel, variable and stressful environments. In the last few years research in my group has focused on two subjects: evolutionary biology of learning and adaptation to chronic nutritional stress. Recently, we also began to study consequences of sexual selection. We use experimental evolution and other experimental approaches in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, as well as mathematical and computer models. For details, see the group webpage

I organize the Evolutionary Biology Workshop in the Alps. The focus of this annual workshop, which brings together a mixture of Swiss and foreign PhD and Master students as well as invited faculty, is to develop the ability to think clearly about research, to develop and defend research projects, and to write research proposals.

Curriculum Vitae

M.Sc. 1990, in Biology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Ph.D. 1993, in Zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland
Erdös number: 4

1993-1995:
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland

1995-1998 Research Associate, University of Maryland at College Park, USA

1998-2001:
Lecturer, University of Basel, Switzerland

2001-2007:
Lecturer, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

2007-
Associate Professor, University of Lausanne

Selected publications

(for a full list with pdfs click on the link above)

Vijendravarma, R.K., Narasimha, S., Chakrabarti, S., Babin, A., Kolly, S., Lemaitre, B. & Kawecki, T.J. 2015. Gut physiology mediates a trade-off between adaptation to malnutrition and susceptibility to food-borne pathogens. Ecology Letters 18: 1078–1086.

Hollis, B. and T. J. Kawecki. 2014. Male cognitive performance declines in the absence of sexual selection. Proc. R. Soc. B 281:20132873

Vijendravarma, R. K., Narasimha, S. & Kawecki, T. J. 2013. Predatory cannibalism in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Nature Communications 4:1789.

Kawecki T.J., Lenski R.E., Ebert D., Hollis B., Olivieri I., Whitlock M.C. 2012. Experimental evolution. Trends Ecol. Evol. 27:547-560.

Kawecki, T. J. 2008. Adaptation to marginal habitats. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst., 39: 321–342.

Mery, F., Belay, A. T., So, A. K. C., Sokolowski, M. B. & Kawecki, T. J. 2007. Natural polymorphism affecting learning and memory in Drosophila. PNAS 104: 13051-13055.

Fun

Mountaineering, birdwatching.

With Mark Kirkpatrick on Piz Morteratsch


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2016
Hollis B., Houle D., Kawecki T.J., 2016. Evolution of reduced post-copulatory molecular interactions in Drosophila populations lacking sperm competition. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29(1) pp. 77-85. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2015
Hollis B., Kawecki T.J., Keller L., 2015. No evidence that within-group male relatedness reduces harm to females in Drosophila. Ecology and Evolution 5(4) pp. 979-983. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kawecki T. J., 2015. Can test-tube evolution explain biodiversity? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30(10) pp. 568-569. [Document] [DOI]
Morier-Genoud R., Kawecki T.J., 2015. The effect of learning on the evolution of new courtship behavior: a simulation model. Current Zoology 61(6) pp. 1062-1072. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science]
Narasimha S., Kolly S., Sokolowski M.B., Kawecki T.J., Vijendravarma R.K., 2015. Prepupal Building Behavior in Drosophila melanogaster and Its Evolution under Resource and Time Constraints. PLoS One 10(2) pp. e0117280. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Nepoux V., Babin A., Haag C., Kawecki T.J., Le Rouzic A., 2015. Quantitative genetics of learning ability and resistance to stress in Drosophila melanogaster. Ecology and Evolution 5(3) pp. 543-556. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vijendravarma R.K., Kawecki T.J., 2015. Idiosyncratic evolution of maternal effects in response to juvenile malnutrition in Drosophila. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28(4) pp. 876-884. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vijendravarma R.K., Narasimha S., Chakrabarti S., Babin A., Kolly S., Lemaitre B., Kawecki T.J., 2015. Gut physiology mediates a trade-off between adaptation to malnutrition and susceptibility to food-borne pathogens. Ecology Letters 18(10) pp. 1078-1086. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2014
Babin A., Kolly S., Kawecki T.J., 2014. Virulent bacterial infection improves aversive learning performance in Drosophila melanogaster. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 41 pp. 152-161. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Babin A., Kolly S., Schneider F., Dolivo V., Zini M., Kawecki T.J., 2014. Fruit flies learn to avoid odours associated with virulent infection. Biology Letters 10(3) p. 20140048. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Hollis B., Houle D., Yan Z., Kawecki T.J., Keller L., 2014. Evolution under monogamy feminizes gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster. Nature Communications 5(3482) p. 3482. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Hollis B., Kawecki T.J., 2014. Male cognitive performance declines in the absence of sexual selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society. B Biological Sciences 281(1781) p. 20132873. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2013
Kawecki T.J., 2013. The impact of learning on selection‐driven speciation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28(2) pp. 68-69. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vijendravarma R.K., Kawecki T.J., 2013. Epistasis and maternal effects in experimental adaptation to chronic nutritional stress in Drosophila. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26(12) pp. 2566-2580. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vijendravarma R.K., Narasimha S., Kawecki T.J., 2013. Predatory cannibalism in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Nature Communications 4 p. 1789. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Zrelec V., Zini M., Guarino S., Mermoud J., Oppliger J., Valtat A., Zeender V., Kawecki T.J., 2013. Drosophila rely on learning while foraging under semi-natural conditions. Ecology and Evolution 3(12) pp. 4139-4148. [DOI] [Web of Science]
2012
Kawecki T.J., Lenski R.E., Ebert D., Hollis B., Olivieri I., Whitlock M.C., 2012. Experimental evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27(10) pp. 547-560. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kawecki T.J., Lenski R.E., Ebert D., Hollis B., Olivieri I., Whitlock M.C., 2012. The value of complementary approaches in evolutionary research: reply to Magalhães and Matos. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27(12) pp. 650-651. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science]
Vijendravarma R.K., Narasimha S., Kawecki T.J., 2012. Chronic malnutrition favours smaller critical size for metamorphosis initiation in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25(2) pp. 288-292. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vijendravarma R.K., Narasimha S., Kawecki T.J., 2012. Evolution of foraging behaviour in response to chronic malnutrition in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences 279(1742) pp. 3540-3546. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2011
Vijendravarma R. K., Narasimha S., Kawecki T. J., 2011. Adaptation to larval malnutrition does not affect fluctuating asymmetry in Drosophila melanogaster. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104(1) pp. 19-28. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science]
Vijendravarma R.K., Narasimha S., Kawecki T.J., 2011. Plastic and evolutionary responses of cell size and number to larval malnutrition in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24(4) pp. 897-903. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2010
Burger J.M.S., Buechel S.D., Kawecki T.J., 2010. Dietary restriction affects lifespan but not cognitive aging in Drosophila melanogaster. Aging Cell 9(3) pp. 327-335. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kawecki T. J., 2010. Evolutionary ecology of learning: insights from fruit flies. Population Ecology 52(1) pp. 15-25. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science]
Nepoux V., Haag C.R., Kawecki T.J., 2010. Effects of inbreeding on aversive learning in Drosophila. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23(11) pp. 2333-2345. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vijendravarma R.K., Narasimha S., Kawecki T.J., 2010. Effects of parental larval diet on egg size and offspring traits in Drosophila. Biology Letters 6(2) pp. 238-241. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2009
Henzi T., Blum W.V., Pfefferli M., Kawecki T.J., Salicio V., Schwaller B., 2009. SV40-induced expression of calretinin protects mesothelial cells from asbestos cytotoxicity and may be a key factor contributing to mesothelioma pathogenesis. American Journal of Pathology 174(6) pp. 2324-2336. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kolss M., Vijendravarma R.K., Schwaller G., Kawecki T.J., 2009. Life-history consequences of adaptation to larval nutritional stress in Drosophila. Evolution 63(9) pp. 2389-2401. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Paenke I., Kawecki T.J., Sendhoff B., 2009. The influence of learning on evolution: a mathematical framework. Artificial Life 15(2) pp. 227-245. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rhodes J. S., Kawecki T. J., 2009. Behavior and neurobiology. pp. 263-300 in Garland T., Rose M. R. (eds.) Experimental evolution: concepts, methods, and applications of selection experiments. University of California Press, Berkeley.
Sutter M., Kawecki T.J., 2009. Influence of learning on range expansion and adaptation to novel habitats. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(11) pp. 2201-2214. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2008
Burger J.M., Kolss M., Pont J., Kawecki T.J., 2008. Learning ability and longevity: a symmetrical evolutionary trade-off in Drosophila. Evolution 62(6) pp. 1294-1304. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kawecki T.J., 2008. Adaptation to marginal habitats. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics 39 pp. 321-342. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science]
2007
Mery F., Belay A.T., So A.K., Sokolowski M.B., Kawecki T.J., 2007. Natural polymorphism affecting learning and memory in Drosophila. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104(32) pp. 13051-13055. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Mery F., Pont J., Preat T., Kawecki T.J., 2007. Experimental evolution of olfactory memory in Drosophila melanogaster. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 80(4) pp. 399-405. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Paenke I., Sendhoff B., Kawecki T.J., 2007. Influence of plasticity and learning on evolution under directional selection. American Naturalist 170(2) pp. E47-E58. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rion S., Kawecki T.J., 2007. Evolutionary biology of starvation resistance: what we have learned from Drosophila. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20(5) pp. 1655-1664. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Vonlanthen S., Kawecki T.J., Betticher D.C., Pfefferli M., Schwaller B., 2007. Heterozygosity of SNP513 in intron 9 of the human calretinin gene (CALB2) is a risk factor for colon cancer. Anticancer Research 27(6C) pp. 4279-4288. [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2006
Kolss M., Kraaijeveld A.R., Mery F., Kawecki T.J., 2006. No trade-off between learning ability and parasitoid resistance in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19(4) pp. 1359-1363. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Paenke I., Kawecki T. J., Sendhoff B., 2006. On the influence of lifetime learning on selection pressure. pp. 500-506 in Rocha Luis M., et al. (eds.) Artificial Life X. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. [Document]
2005
Mery F., Kawecki T.J., 2005. A cost of long-term memory in Drosophila. Science 308(5725) p. 1148. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2004
Ebert D., Salathe P., Kawecki T. J., 2004. Evidence for epistasis: reply to Trouve et al. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17(6) pp. 1402-1404. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Kawecki T. J., 2004. Ecological and evolutionary consequences of source-sink population dynamics. pp. 387-414 in Hanski I., Gaggiotti O.E. (eds.) Ecology, genetics, and evolution of metapopulations. Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Kawecki T. J., 2004. Genetical theories of sympatric speciation. pp. 36-53 in Dieckmann U., et al. (eds.) Adaptive Speciation. Cambridge Studies in Adaptive Dynamics 4. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Kawecki T. J., Ebert D., 2004. Conceptual issues in local adaptation. Ecology Letters 7(12) pp. 1225-1241. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Mery F., Kawecki T. J., 2004. An operating cost of learning in Drosophila melanogaster. Animal Behaviour 68(3) pp. 589-598. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Spichtig M., Kawecki T. J., 2004. The maintenance (or not) of polygenic variation by soft selection in heterogeneous environments. American Naturalist 164(1) pp. 70-84. [DOI] [Web of Science]
2003
Kawecki T.J., 2003. Sex-biased dispersal and adaptation to marginal habitats. American Naturalist 162(4) pp. 415-426. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kawecki T.J., Mery F., 2003. Evolutionary conservatism of geographic variation in host preference in Callosobruchus maculatus. Ecological Entomology 28(4) pp. 449-456. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Mery F., Kawecki T.J., 2003. A fitness cost of learning ability in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences 270(1532) pp. 2465-2469. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2002
Kawecki T.J., Holt R.D., 2002. Evolutionary consequences of asymmetric dispersal rates. American Naturalist 160(3) pp. 333-347. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Mery F., Kawecki T.J., 2002. Experimental evolution of learning ability in fruit flies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 99(22) pp. 14274-14279. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
2001
Kern S., Ackermann M., Stearns S.C., Kawecki T.J., 2001. Decline in offspring viability as a manifestation of aging in Drosophila melianogaster. Evolution 55(9) pp. 1822-1831. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Stadler B., Fiedler K., Kawecki T.J., Weisser W.W., 2001. Costs and benefits for phytophagous myrmecophiles: when ants are not always available. Oikos 92(3) pp. 467-478. [DOI] [Web of Science]
2000
Kawecki T.J., 2000. Adaptation to marginal habitats: contrasting influence of the dispersal rate on the fate of alleles with small and large effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences 267(1450) pp. 1315-1320. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
1999
Abrams P.A., Kawecki T.J., 1999. Adaptive host preference and the dynamics of host-parasite interactions. Theoretical Population Biology 56(3) pp. 307-324. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Kawecki T.J., 1999. Contributions to A Concise Encyclopedia of Ecology. in Calow P. (eds.) Blackwell's concise encyclopedia of ecology. Blackwell, Oxford.
Kawecki T.J., Abrams P.A., 1999. Character displacement mediated by the accumulation of mutations affecting resource consumption abilities. Evolutionary Ecology Research 1(2) pp. 173-188. [Web of Science]
1998
Kawecki T. J., 1998. Contributions. in Calow P. (eds.) The encyclopedia of ecology and environmental management. Blackwell, Oxford.
1997
Kawecki T.J., Barton N.H., Fry J.D., 1997. Mutational collapse of fitness in marginal habitats and the evolution of ecological specialisation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 10(3) pp. 407-429. [DOI] [Web of Science]
1996
Kawecki T.J., 1996. Sympatric speciation driven by beneficial mutations. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences 263(1376) pp. 1515-1520. [DOI] [Web of Science]
1995
Kawecki T.J., 1995. Demography of source-sink populations and the evolution of ecological niches. Evolutionary Ecology 9(1) pp. 38-44. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Stearns S.C., Kaiser M., Kawecki T.J., 1995. The differential genetic and environmental canalization of fitness components in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 8(5) pp. 539-558. [DOI] [Web of Science]
1994
Stearns S.C., Kawecki T.J., 1994. Fitness sensitivity and the canalization of life history traits. Evolution 48(5) pp. 1438-1450. [Web of Science]
1993
1992
Brett M.T., Martin L., Kawecki T.J., 1992. An experimental test of the egg-ratio method: estimated versus observed death rates. Freshwater Biology 28(2) pp. 237-248. [DOI] [Web of Science]
1991
Kawecki T.J., 1991. Sex linked altruism: A stepping stone in the evolution of social behaviour? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 4(3) pp. 487-500. [DOI] [Web of Science]
1988
Phd thesis
Lehto Hürlimann M., 2014. Evolutionary and ecological significance of non-shivering thermogenesis in the common vole. 204 p., Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine, Bize P. (dir.).
Babin A., 2012. Interactions between learning and immunity in Drosophila melanogaster. 126 p., Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine, Kawecki, T. J. (dir.).
Népoux V., 2011. Natural variation in learning ability in "Drosophila melanogaster". 105 p., Université de Lausanne, Faculté de biologie et médecine, Kawecki T. (dir.). [Document]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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