Mag. Dr. Eva Ringler


Curriculum vitae

Eva Ringler studied biology and mathematics (curriculum for high school teaching) at the University of Vienna (2002-2007). Afterwards she started her doctorate studies in Zoology at the University of Vienna. In the course of her research activities she has been travelling to Costa Rica, French Guiana, Great Britain, Indonesia, and to the United States. During her PhD she investigated the mating system and parameters of reproductive success in a natural poison frog population in French Guiana.

After gaining her PhD with distinction in 2011, she successfully applied for a stand-alone project from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (FWF). This project focuses on „Determinants of fitness in species with complex life cycles“. In the course of this project Ringler and her team managed to establish an “artificial” frog population on a river island in French Guiana, as well as a controlled ex-situ laboratory frog population 2 at the University of Vienna. Since February 2015 she is member of the Messerli Research Institute, and she started her Hertha-Firnberg post-doc fellowship to investigate “Behavioural flexibility in anuran amphibians” in April 2015.

Personal website 3

Main Fields of Research

Animal mating systems & mate choice

Parental care

Reasons for flexible vs. stereotypic behaviour

Anuran cognition

Population ecology


Research Projects

  • Determinants of fitness in species with complex life cycles (FWF project P 24788) 4

  • Behavioural flexibility in anuran amphibians (FWF project T699 Firnberg-Program) 5



Ringler E, Szipl G, Harrigan RJ, Bartl-Binder P, Mangione R, Ringler M (2018) Hierarchical decision-making balances current and future reproductive success. Molecular Ecology 27: 2289-2301. DOI:10.1111/mec.14583

Ringler E (2018) Testing skin swabbing for DNA sampling in dendrobatid frogs. Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 245–251. DOI:10.1163/15685381-17000206

Pašukonis A, Beck KB, Fischer M-T, Weinlein S, Stückler S, Ringler E (2017) Induced parental care in a poison frog: a tadpole cross-fostering experiment. Journal of Experimental Biology  220: 3949-3954. DOI:10.1242/jeb.165126

Ringler M, Szipl G, Hödl W, Khil L, Kofler B, Lonauer M, Provin C, Ringler E (2017) Acoustic ranging in poison frogs—it is not about signal amplitude alone. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 114. DOI:10.1007/s00265-017-2340-2

Ringler E, Beck KB, Weinlein S, Huber L, Ringler M. Adopt, ignore or kill? Parental decision making by male poison frogs. Scientific Reports 7: 43544. DOI:10.1038/srep43544

Pašukonis A, Trenkwalder K, Ringler M, Ringler E, Mangione R, Steininger J, Warrington I, Hödl W (2016) The significance of spatial memory for water finding in a tadpole-transporting frog. Animal Behaviour 116: 89-98. DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.02.023

Ringler E, Pašukonis A, Ringler M, Huber L (2016) Sex-specific offspring discrimination reflects respective risks and costs of misdirected care in a poison frog. Animal Behaviour 114: 173-179.

Mangold A, Trenkwalder K, Ringler M, Hödl W, Ringler E (2015) Low reproductive skew despite high male-biased operational sex ratio in a glass frog with paternal care. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 181. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0469-z

Ringler E, Pašukonis A, Fitch WT, Huber L, Hödl W, Ringler M (2015) Flexible compensation of lost uni-parental care in a poison frog. Behavioral Ecology 26: 1219-1225. DOI:10.1093/beheco/arv069

Erich M, Hödl W, Ringler M, Ringler E (2015).  Brood-partitioning behaviour in unpredictable environments: hedging the bets? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology  69:1011–1017. DOI 10.1007/s00265-015-1913-1

Ringler M, Hödl W, Ringler E (2015) Populations, pools and peccaries: simulating the impact of ecosystem engineers on rainforest frogs. Behavioral Ecology 26: 340–349. DOI:10.1093/beheco/aru243

Ringler E, Mangione R, Ringler M (2014) Where have all the tadpoles gone? Individual genetic tracking of amphibian larvae until adulthood. Molecular Ecology Resources 15: 737-746. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12345

Ringler M, Mangione R, Pašukonis A, Rainer G, Gyimesi K, Felling J, Kronaus H, Réjou-Méchain M, Chave J, Reiter K, Ringler E (2014) High-resolution forest mapping for behavioural studies in the Nature Reserve ‘Les Nouragues’, French Guiana. Journal of Maps. DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2014.972995

Rausch A, Sztatecsny M, Jehle R, Ringler E, Hödl W (2014) Male body size and parental relatedness but not nuptial colouration influence paternity success during scramble competition in Rana arvalis. Behaviour. 151: 1869-1884. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003220

Ringler E, Mangold A, Trenkwalder K, Ringler M, Hödl W (2014) Characterisation of nine new polymorphic microsatellite loci in the Reticulated Glass Frog Hyalinobatrachium valerioi (Centrolenidae). Amphibia-Reptilia 35:243-246. DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00002940

Ringler E, Pašukonis A, Hödl W, Ringler M (2013) Tadpole transport logistics in a Neotropical poison frog – indications for strategic planning and adaptive plasticity in anuran parental care. Frontiers in Zoology 10:67. DOI: 10.1186/10.1186/1742-9994-10-67

Pašukonis A, Ringler M, Brandl H, Mangione R, Ringler E, Hödl W (2013) The Homing Frog: High Homing Performance in a Territorial Dendrobatid Frog Allobates femoralis (Dendrobatidae). Ethology 119: 762768. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12116

Ringler E, Pasukonis A, Hödl W, Ringler M (2013) Characterisation of seven new polymorphic microsatellite loci in the brilliant-thighed poison frog Allobates femoralis (Dendrobatidae), and their cross-species utility in three other dendrobatid species. Herpetological Journal 23: 175–178

Ringler E, Rojas B, Ringler M, Hödl W (2012) Characterisation of nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the dyeing poison frog Dendrobates tinctorius (Dendrobatidae), and their cross-species utility in two other dendrobatoid species. Herpetological Journal 22: 263–265

Ringler E Ringler M, Jehle R, Hödl W (2012) The Female Perspective of Mating in A. femoralis, a Territorial Frog with Paternal Care – A Spatial and Genetic Analysis. PLoS ONE 7(6): e40237. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0040237

Ringler E (2012) The use of cross-species testing of microsatellite markers and sibship analysis in ex situ population management. Conservation Genetics Resources. 4: 815–819. DOI:10.1007/s12686-012-9642-5

Ringler M, Ringler E, Magaña Mendoza D, Hödl W (2011) Intrusion Experiments to Measure Territory Size: Development of the Method, Tests Through Simulations, and Application in the Frog Allobates femoralis. PLoS ONE 6(10): e25844. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0025844

Ursprung E, Ringler M, Jehle R, Hödl W (2011) Strong male/male competition allows for nonchoosy females: high levels of polygynandry in a territorial frog with paternal care. Molecular Ecology 20: 1759-1771. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05056.x

Ursprung E, Ringler M, Jehle R, Hödl W (2011) Toe regeneration in the Neotropical frog Allobates femoralis (Aromobatidae). Herpetological Journal 21: 83-86.

Ringler M, Ursprung E, Hödl W (2010) Predation on Allobates femoralis (Boulenger 1884; Anura: Aromobatidae) by the colubrid snake Xenopholis scalaris (Wucherer 1861), Herpetology Notes 3: 301-304

Ringler M, Ursprung E, Hödl W (2009) Site fidelity and patterns of short- and long-term movement in the brilliant-thighed poison frog Allobates femoralis (Aromobatidae), Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 1281-1293. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-009-0793-7

Ursprung E, Ringler M, Hödl W (2009) Phonotactic approach pattern in the neotropical frog Allobates femoralis: A spatial and temporal analysis. Behaviour 146: 153-170. DOI:10.1163/156853909x410711


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