Nina Wildenhayn

Research Assistance
Affiliated projects

Long-term experiment on co-evolution in a vertebrate-tapeworm system


After completing an apprenticeship as agricultural-technical assistant, I studied agricultural sciences (discipline animal sciences) at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. I did both my diploma thesis and my doctoral thesis in the field of seasonal reproduction of rainbow trout under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Holtz at the Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics in Göttingen.

I continued this work at the named institute during a postdoc period funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG; Module Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators).The research project was awarded with a prize of the “Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft”.

In 2011, I started at the MPI for Evolutionary Biology, Department Evolutionary Ecology / Research Group Parasitology working with sticklebacks and parasites, focusing on the implementation of a long-term experiment on host-parasite co-evolution.

After the retirement of Manfred Milinski and the much too early death of Martin Kalbe I am now member of the Department Microbial Population Biology. With the generous support of Paul Rainey, I am currently completing the long-term experiment of Kalbe, Lenz & Milinski, studying the co-evolution between sticklebacks and the tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus.

– Many thanks to Paul who enables the completion of this part of Martin’s work. –

Research interests

Host-parasite co-evolution

former times: seasonal reproduction of rainbow trout

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