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AO Univ. Prof. Hans Winkler

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
Department für Interdisziplinäre Lebenswissenschaften
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Savoyenstr. 1a
A-1160 Wien
T +43 (1) 25077 7322
F +43 (1) 25077 94 7322

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  • I am interested in a variety of topics integrating behaviour, ecology, and morphology, particularly of birds, with an emphasis on comparative approaches.
  • I am especially paying attention to the influences of the environment on behaviour, especially communication, mating systems and cognition, and on the interdependences between morphology and behaviour.

Research Summary

The main goal of my research is to understand how ecology and behaviour interact on the mechanistic and evolutionary level. I am particularly fascinated by the question how morphology mediates these interactions, and I am equally captivated by the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain biological diversity. That diversity forms also the base for applying comparative methods to analyze the evolution of behavioural and morphological traits. My current work concerns the relationship between intra-specific and inter-specific variation in the course of diversification, the role of habitat in acoustical and optical communication, the evolution of mating systems and social interactions, and the ecological conditions for the evolution of cognitive skills, and how they in turn influence evolutionary processes. Finally, I am interested to apply scientific thinking and results to conservation.

Curriculum Vitae

1993 Tit. ao. Prof., University of Vienna
1980 Habilitation, University of Vienna
1971 Dr. phil, University of Vienna

Professional Career

1994 - present Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Director of Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
1980-present Adjunct Professor, Institute of Zoology/
Institute of Ecology and Conservation, University of Vienna
1974-1984 Institute of Limnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
1972-1981 Lecturer (Animal Behaviour), University of Salzburg
1973-1974 Chapman Fellow, Department of Ornithology, Amercian Museum of Natural History, New York
1972-1973 Institute of Limnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
1969-1972 Institute for Comparative Ethology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna