Dr. Malika Ihle

Main Focus

I am interested in answering questions related to sexual selection, and in particular mate choice, using both behavioural ecology and evolutionary genetic approaches.

PhD thesis

Compatibility benefits of social and extra-pair mate choice in the zebra finch, with Wolfgang Forstmeier, Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2015 Ph.D. thesis: Compatibility benefits of social and extra-pair mate choice in the zebra finch. Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany. Supervised by Dr. Wolfgang Forstmeier & Prof. Bart Kempenaers
  • 2010 M.Sc. in Behavioural Ecology, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
  • 2008 B.Sc. in Organismal Biology, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France


  • 2014 1st prize for the best poster – Ecology & Behaviour conference, Montpellier, France
  • 2012 2nd prize for the best student paper award – International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology
  • 2010 Merit scholarship for selected M. Sc. students of the Burgundy region (4600€)
  • 2009 Scholarship for the ten best B. Sc. of the University of Life sciences, Dijon (1800€)


  • 2014 Evolutionary genomics, Ecology and Systematics, Munich, Germany (talk)
  • 2014 ISBE, Mating-breeding systems session, New York City, USA (talk)
  • 2014 Ecology & Behaviour, Montpellier, France (poster)
  • 2014 ASAB, Easter meeting, Sheffield, UK (talk)
  • 2012 DZG, IMPRS-OB Symposium, Constance, Germany (talk)
  • 2012 ISBE, Extra-pair mating session, Lund, Sweden (talk)
  • 2011 European zebra finch research , Krakow, Poland
  • 2008 ECBB conference, Dijon, France (organizing committee)


  • 2014 Animal Behaviour group, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2013 Sensory Neuro-ethology Group, Saint Etienne, France
  • 2012 Animal Ecology Group, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2012 Behavioral Biology Group, Bielefeld, Germany


  • 2015 Statistical approaches to multivariate phenotypes, MPIO, Germany (organized by Niels Dingemanse)
  • 2014 Wild quantitative genetics, Evolution & Biodiversity Group, Toulouse, France (organized by Benoit Pujol)
  • 2012 General & Generalized linear mixed effect models, MPIO, Germany (Fraenzi Korner)


  • 2013 Summer School LabEx TULIP, Integrative Biology & Ecology. Midi-Pyrénées, France (organized by Prof. Etienne Danchin)
  • 2010 M.Sc research, Mate choice and personalities in the zebra finch. Montreal, Canada (supervised by Prof. Luc-Alain Giraldeau)
  • 2009 M.Sc research, Female choice for male size in cichlids. Dijon, France (supervised by Dr. François-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont)
  • 2008 Volonteer internship, Personalities and assortative pairing in the zebra finch. Dijon, France (supervised by Prof. Frank Cézilly)


Referee for International Journals
  • Since 2014 Naturwissenschaften (1)
  • Since 2013 Plos One (2)
  • Since 2012 Behavioral Ecology (5)
Supervision of students and technical assistants
  • 2011-13 Effects of variation in genetic quality on sexual behaviour and fitness in zebra finches:
    • Johannes Schreiber (2nd year of Master, 6 months)
    • Thibaud Aronson (1st & 2nd year of Master, 7 months)
    • Johannes Schreiber (assistant, 6 months)
    • Anais Edme (assistant, 4 months)
  • 2013-14 Current topics in behavioural ecology: sexual selection and experimental approach. Evolutionary Ecology and Systematics Graduate School, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (one day per year)
  • 2012 Evolutionary ecology lecture: experimental designs & mixed-effect models. Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (three days, with Wolgang Forstmeier)
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