Southern Brazil

Gabe Winter

PhD student in the Population Ecology Group as part of the Collaborative Research Center on the evolutionary ecology of individualized niches.
Southern Brazil
Image: Gabe Winter
Gabe Winter
PhD student
Gabe Winter
Image: Gabe Winter
Room 416
Dornburger Straße 159
07743 Jena Google Maps site planExternal link
  • Research Interests

    I am an ecologist currently working in behavioral ecology, with a background in ecomorphology and environmental education, and a particular interest in reproducibility and open science. The ecomorphological studies test if morphological differences result in performance differences in environmentally relevant tasks, such as escape predators and competition for food or partners, leading to differences of behaviour and ecology. Therefore, it expands the understanding of very important concepts in biology, such as adaptation, natural selection and ecological niche. That makes me interested in evolutionary processes, generally.

  • Current Projects

    The project entitled “Behavioural niche choice: personality differences and unpredictability in escape behaviour” is part of the Collaborative Research Center on the evolutionary ecology of individualized niches. Using the colour-polymorphic steppe grasshopper (Chorthippus dorsatus), we aim to access: a) adaptive phenotypic responses to environmental variability; b) individual strategy-dependent preferences for habitats of different complexity; c) the ontogeny of (un)predictability in behaviour; and d) fitness consequences of variation in predictability.

  • Open Data

    Winter, G. (2020). Morphological variation in the body and chelipeds of three species of Aegla. OSF Registries doi: 10.17605/ link

    Winter, G. (2020). Geometric morphometrics of body and chelae of Aegla plana. OSF Registries doi: 10.17605/ link

  • Preregistered Studies

    Winter, G. & Schielzeth, H. (2020). Effects of habitat complexity on the predictability in escape behavior of grasshoppers. OSF Preregistration doi: 10.17605/ link

  • Publications

    Varma, M., Winter, G., Rowland, H.M. & Schielzeth, H. (2023). Ontogeny of color development in two green-brown polymorphic grasshopper species. Ecology and Evolution 13: e10712. doi: 10.1002/ece3.10712External link 

    Winter, G., Wirsching, L. & Schielzeth, H. (2023). Condition-dependence of (un)predictability in escape behavior of a grasshopper species. Behavioral Ecology doi: 10.1093/beheco/arad047External link [Data availability]External link  [Code availability]External link

    Winter, G., Varma, M. & Schielzeth, H. (2021). Simple inheritance of color and pattern polymorphism in the steppe grasshopper Chorthippus dorsatus. Heredity 127: 66-78. doi: 10.1038/s41437-021-00433-wExternal link [Data availability]External link