Behrmann-Godel Lab

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PD. Dr. Jasminca Behrmann-Godel (group leader)

Interactions between individuals and their natural environment have always been my main interest. How do organisms adapt to a changing environment? How do species spread and colonize new areas? How do individuals interact with conspecifics? How do individuals defend themselves against invaders (parasites) and how do these invaders overcome the defence. Combining the scientific fields of ecology, animal behaviour, parasitology, population genetics and molecular evolution, I aim to add some answers to these questions. Thereby I use aquatic animals, mainly regional freshwater fish species as model organisms.


The Limnological Institute of the University of Konstanz  is the perfect environment to address these interdisciplinary scientific questions. Fieldwork can be carried out on the lake using all kinds of boats and fishing gear, experiments can be conducted in semi-natural artificial outdoor ponds or in smaller tanks within the aquarium facility of the fish ecology group. Within our molecular genetics lab, all kinds of genetic methods including e.g. microsatellite analysis, RSCA and sequencing can be done.

University of Konstanz
Limnological Institute
Mainaustrasse 252
D-78464 Konstanz

phone: ++49 (0)7531 884536
fax:     ++49 (0)7531 883533

Curriculum vitae



Assistant Professor, group leader "Evolutionary Fish Ecology" Representation (since 01.04.2015) chair of Fish Ecology, Limnological Institute, University of Konstanz




Habilitation, venia legendi: Ecology and Evolution. Title: "Traits parasites and the ecology of adaptation in freshwater fish: an evolutionary perspective"


2006 / 07

Pricipal investigator, personal research grant, German sciencefoundation, DFG (BE 3830/1-1)


2004 / 06

Postdoctoral fellowship, habilitation grant, University of Konstanz


2000 / 04

Ph.D. thesis «Evolutionary mechanisms of population divergence in Eurasian perch Perca fluviatilis L.» University of Konstanz


1996 / 99

Study of Biology at the University of Konstanz including diploma thesis (1998-1999) «Seasonal migration patterns of perch Perca fluviatilis L. in Lake Constance»


1994 / 96

Study of Biology at the University of Kiel, Undergraduate degree (1996) in Biology


Professional experience



Workshop on Molecular Evolution Jul – Aug 2002 at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA



Fixed-term contract Aug – Nov 1999 in applied ecology and conservation biology for the «initiative of eel protection» financed by the Ministry of Environment Rheinland-Pfalz and RWE AG