Sarah Zala, PhD

Senior Scientist

Konrad-Lorenz-Institute of Ethology
Department of Interdisciplinary Life Sciences
University of Veterinarian Medicine Vienna
Savoyenstr. 1a
A-1160 Vienna

T +43 (1) 25077 7352
F +43 (1) 25077 94 7352

E-Mail to Sarah Zala

Research

I am a behavioral biologist, and my interests include sexual selection, animal communication, and host-parasite interactions. I mainly study house mice (Mus musculus) and stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus).

  • Sexual selection
  • Sexual dimorphisms
  • Ecological immunity
  • Life-history evolution
  • Animal signals (chemical, acoustic and visual)
  • Social learning
  • Host-parasite interactions    

Current projects

  • Adaptive functions of ultrasonic vocalizations in male mice (Austrian Science Foundation (FWF, Co-author) grant 1
  • Sexual Selection in stickleback fish

Teaching

I lead the institute's Journal Club (topics in behavioral and evolutionary ecology), and give practical courses in Experimental Design and Behavioral Ecology, which are also offered for credit at the University of Vienna. I offer another practical course in Behavioral Physiology at the University of Vienna. Teaching 2

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1999-2003 Ph.D., Biology, Department of Biology, University of Utah, USA
1993-1998 M.S., Biology with Major in Zoology, Division of Behavioral Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

Positions

2011-present Senior scientist, Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria (including one year of working part-time)
2003-2010 Research scientist, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria (including ca. one year of working part-time and four years of maternity leave)
2002 Teaching assistant in Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology University of Utah, USA
2000 Teaching assistant in Behavioral Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Utah, USA
1998 Research Assistant, Department of Biology, University of Utah, USA
1996-1998 Several student assistantships, Division of Behavioral Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

Publications

Publications 3