Severine Buchel

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Severine Buchel



Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
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Svante Arrheniusväg 18 B
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Stockholm University
Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
106 91 Stockholm

Research interests

I am interested in the ultimate causes for social evolution and in the mechanisms and rules of social interactions between animals in general. I worked on ants and bumblebees aiming to understand the benefits and drawbacks of group living under parasite pressure and I studied Lake Tanganyika cichlids in their natural habitat to gain insights in the social structure and their motivation to live and engage in groups of unrelated individuals.

I am a forskare in a multidisciplinary Wallenberg project (PI: Niclas Kolm) in which we are using an artificial selection approach to investigate the basis of vertebrate sociality. This complements previous and ongoing research on brain evolution in guppies artificially selected for relative brain size in which I have been involved in at the Veterinary University in Vienna, Austria.



A. Hayward, M. Tsuboi, C. Owusu, Alexander Kotrschal, Severine D. Buechel, J. Zidar, C. K. Cornwallis, H. Lovlie, Niclas Kolm. 2017. Evolutionary associations between host traits and parasite load - insights from Lake Tanganyika cichlids. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 1056-1067.

Alberto Corral-López, Natasha I. Bloch, Alexander Kotrschal, Wouter van der Bijl, Severine D. Buechel, Judith E. Mank, Niclas Kolm. 2017. Female brain size affects the assessment of male attractiveness during mate choice. Science Advances 3.

Alison E. Wright, Iulia Darolti, Natasha I. Bloch, Vicencio Oostra, Ben Sandkam, Severine D. Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Felix Breden, Beatriz Vicoso, Judith E. Mank. 2017. Convergent recombination suppression suggests role of sexual selection in guppy sex chromosome formation. Nature Communications 8.

Alberto Corral-López, Maddi Garate-Olaizola, Severine D. Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Alexander Kotrschal. 2017. On the role of body size, brain size, and eye size in visual acuity. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71.

Masahito Tsuboi, Alexander Kotrschal, Alexander Hayward, Severine Denise Buechel, Josefina Zidar, Hanne Lovlie, Niclas Kolm. 2016. Evolution of brain-body allometry in Lake Tanganyika cichlids. Evolution 70: 1559-1568.

Séverine D. Buechel, Isobel Booksmythe, Alexander Kotrschal, Michael D. Jennions, Niclas Kolm. 2016. Artificial selection on male genitalia length alters female brain size. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 283.

Severine Denise Buechel, Paul Schmid-Hempel. 2016. Colony pace - a life-history trait affecting social insect epidemiology. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Biological Sciences 283.

Alexander Kotrschal, Séverine D. Buechel, Sarah M. Zala, Alberto Corral Lopez, Dustin J. Penn, Niclas Kolm. 2015. Brain size affects female but not male survival under predation threat. Ecology Letters 18: 646-652.

Ben M. Sadd, Seth M. Barribeau, Guy Bloch, Dirk C. de Graaf, Peter Dearden, Christine G. Elsik, Jürgen Gadau, Cornelis J. P. Grimmelikhuijzen, Martin Hasselmann, Jeffrey D. Lozier, Hugh M. Robertson, Guy Smagghe, Eckart Stolle, Matthias Van Vaerenbergh, Robert M. Waterhouse, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Steffen Klasberg, Anna K. Bennett, Francisco Câmara, Roderic Guigó, Katharina Hoff, Marco Mariotti, Monica Munoz-Torres, Terence Murphy, Didac Santesmasses, Gro V. Amdam, Matthew Beckers, Martin Beye, Matthias Biewer, Márcia M. G. Bitondi, Mark L. Blaxter, Andrew F. G. Bourke, Mark J. F. Brown, Severine D. Buechel, Rossanah Cameron, Kaat Cappelle, James C. Carolan, Olivier Christiaens, Kate L. Ciborowski, David F. Clarke, Thomas J. Colgan, David H. Collins, Andrew G. Cridge, Tamas Dalmay, Stephanie Dreier, Louis du Plessis, Elizabeth Duncan, Silvio Erler, Jay Evans, Tiago Falcon, Kevin Flores, Flávia C. P. Freitas, Taro Fuchikawa, Tanja Gempe, Klaus Hartfelder, Frank Hauser, Sophie Helbing, Fernanda C. Humann, Frano Irvine, Lars S. Jermiin, Claire E. Johnson, Reed M. Johnson, Andrew K. Jones, Tatsuhiko Kadowaki, Jonathan H. Kidner, Vasco Koch, Arian Köhler, F. Bernhard Kraus, H. Michael G. Lattorff, Megan Leask, Gabrielle A. Lockett, Eamonn B. Mallon, David S. Marco Antonio, Monika Marxer, Ivan Meeus, Robin F. A. Moritz, Ajay Nair, Kathrin Näpflin, Inga Nissen, Jinzhi Niu, Francis M. F. Nunes, John G. Oakeshott, Amy Osborne, Marianne Otte, Daniel G. Pinheiro, Nina Rossié, Olav Rueppell, Carolina G. Santos, Regula Schmid-Hempel, Björn D. Schmitt, Christina Schulte, Zilá L. P. Simões, Michelle P. M. Soares, Luc Swevers, Eva C. Winnebeck, Florian Wolschin, Na Yu, Evgeny M. Zdobnov, Peshtewani K. Aqrawi, Kerstin P. Blankenburg, Marcus Coyle, Liezl Francisco, Alvaro G. Hernandez, Michael Holder, Matthew E. Hudson, LaRonda Jackson, Joy Jayaseelan, Vandita Joshi, Christie Kovar, Sandra L. Lee, Robert Mata, Tittu Mathew, Irene F. Newsham, Robin Ngo, Geoffrey Okwuonu, Christopher Pham, Ling-Ling Pu, Nehad Saada, Jireh Santibanez, DeNard Simmons, Rebecca Thornton, Aarti Venkat, Kimberly Ko Walden, Yuan-Qing Wu, Griet Debyser, Bart Devreese, Claire Asher, Julie Blommaert, Ariel D. Chipman, Lars Chittka, Bertrand Fouks, Jisheng Liu, Meaghan P. O'Neill, Seirian Sumner, Daniela Puiu, Jiaxin Qu, Steven L. Salzberg, Steven E. Scherer, Donna M. Muzny, Stephen Richards, Gene E. Robinson, Richard A. Gibbs, Paul Schmid-Hempel, Kim C. Worley. 2015. The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization. Genome Biology 16.

Seth M. Barribeau, Ben M. Sadd, Louis du Plessis, Mark J. F. Brown, Severine D. Buechel, Kaat Cappelle, James C. Carolan, Olivier Christiaens, Thomas J. Colgan, Silvio Erler, Jay Evans, Sophie Helbing, Elke Karaus, H. Michael G. Lattorff, Monika Marxer, Ivan Meeus, Kathrin Näpflin, Jinzhi Niu, Regula Schmid-Hempel, Guy Smagghe, Robert M. Waterhouse, Na Yu, Evgeny M. Zdobnov, Paul Schmid-Hempel. 2015. A depauperate immune repertoire precedes evolution of sociality in bees. Genome Biology 16.

Masahito Tsuboi, Arild Husby, Alexander Kotrschal, Alexander Hayward, Severine D. Buechel, Josefina Zidar, Hanne Lovlie, Niclas Kolm. 2015. Comparative support for the expensive tissue hypothesis - Big brains are correlated with smaller gut and greater parental investment in Lake Tanganyika cichlids. Evolution 69: 190-200.

Séverine D. Buechel, Yanick Wurm, Laurent Keller. 2014. Social chromosome variants differentially affect queen determination and the survival of workers in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Molecular Ecology 23: 5117-5127.

A Reber, J Purcell, S D Buechel, P Buri, M Chapuisat. 2011. The expression and impact of antifungal grooming in ants. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 954-64.

Joep M. S. Burger, Séverine D. Buechel, Tadeusz J. Kawecki. 2010. Dietary restriction affects lifespan but not cognitive aging in Drosophila melanogaster. Aging Cell 9: 327-335.

Other academic

Alberto Corral-López, Maddi Garate-Olaizola, Severine Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Alexander Kotrschal. On the role of body size, brain size and eye size in visual acuity.

Alberto Corral-López, Maksym Romensky, Alexander Kotrschal, Severine Buechel, Niclas Kolm. Brain size, environmental complexity and mating behaviour.