Kerstin Musolf

Tony Wilson
E-Mail: KerstinMusolf*msn.com
Phone: 1 718 951 5000 x18299
 Fax: 1 718 951 4659
Department of Biology
Brooklyn College
City University of New York

Ingersoll 411NE
2900 Bedford Avenue

11210, Brooklyn, NY
United States
 


M.musculus
Female mate choice and Sexual Selection
in small mammals
 


 
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


My research concentrates on female mate choice and its role in sexual selection using small mammals as model species studying inbreeding avoidance, MHC polymorphism and ultrasonic courtship vocalizations in wild house mice.


 

CURRICULUM VITAE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

BROOKLYN COLLEGE, Brooklyn, United States

             Research Associate (2013-)

INSTITUTE OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, Zürich, Switzerland

    External Research Associate (2010–2013) 
KONRAD LORENZ-INSTITUTE FOR ETHOLOGY, Vienna, Austria
    Postdoc Position (2004–2010)
UNIVERSITY OF HAMBURG, Hamburg, Germany
    Postdoc Position (2002–2004)

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF ZÜRICH, Zürich, Switzerland

    Teaching Diploma for Secondary Education (MSc.) - 2013

UNIVERSITY OF KONSTANZ, Konstanz, Germany 

    Ph.D. (Biology) - 2002 (Advisor: PD Dr. Gabriele Gerlach)
    Thesis: Behavioral ecology studies of wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus)  

    ABSTRACT 
    Diploma (MSc) - 1996 (Advisors: Prof. Dr. H. Markl and Dr. Gabriele Gerlach) 
    Thesis: Fragmentation of landscape as a cause for genetic subdivision in small mammal populations 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
    BIOL1001 “General Biology I” Lab, Brooklyn College (2016), PSYCH739 “Research Methods in Animal Behavior”, Hunter College, Lecture & lab (2015), BIOL3083 Ecology, Brooklyn College (2013), BIO361 Reproduktionsbiologie University of Zürich, Lecture & lab (2010-2012), Research Seminar KLIVV (2005), Journal Club KLIVV (2004), “Animal anatomy”, course & lab (1996-2000), “Evolutionary Biology”, tutorial classes (1997-1999), “Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Biology”, block course (1997-1999) 

SERVICE AS REVIEWER

American Journal of Primatology, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Behaviour, Behavioural Brain Research, Behavioural Processes, BMC Ecology, Candadian Journal of Zoology, Ethology, Heredity, Journal of Ethology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Russian Journal of Theriology

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

             Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft
PUBLICATIONS
  1. Musolf, K., Meindl, S., Larsen, A. L., Kalcounis-Rueppell, M. C., and D. J. Penn. (2015) Ultrasonic vocalizations of male mice differ among species and females show assortative preferences for male calls. PLoS ONE 10: e0134123
  2. Thonhauser KE, Thoß M, Musolf K, Klaus T, Penn DJ (2014) Multiple paternity in wild house mice (Mus musculus musculus): effects on offspring genetic diversity and body mass. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 200-209.
  3. Whittington CM, Musolf K, Sommer S, Wilson AB (2013) Behavioural cues of reproductive status in seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis. Journal of Fish Biology, 83, 220-226.
  4. Lindholm A, Musolf K, Weidt A, König B (2013) Mate choice for genetic compatibility in the house mouse. Ecology and Evolution, 3, 1231-1247.
  5. Musolf K, Penn DJ (2012) Ultrasonic vocalisations (USVs) in house mice: a cryptic mode of acoustic communication. Chapter 11 in “Evolution of the House Mouse” (Eds. M. Macholán, S. J. E. Baird, P. Munclinger, P. Pialek), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 253-277.
  6. Penn DJ, Musolf K (2012) The evolution in MHC diversity in house mice. Chapter 10 in “Evolution of the House Mouse” (Eds. M. Macholán, S. J. E. Baird, P. Munclinger, P. Pialek), Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 221-252.
  7. Hoffmann F, Musolf K, Penn DJ (2012) Spectrographic analyses reveal signals of individuality and kinship in the ultrasonic courtship vocalizations of wild house mice. Physiology and Behavior, 105, 766-771.
  8. Hoffmann F, Musolf K, Penn DJ (2012) Ultrasonic courtship vocalizations in wild house mice: Spectrographic analyses. Journal of Ethology, 30, 173-180.
  9. Thoß, M, Ilmonen P, Musolf K, Penn DJ (2011) Major histocompatibility complex heterozygosity enhances reproductive success. Molecular Ecology, 20, 1546-1557.
  10. Musolf K., Hoffmann F, Penn DJ (2010) Ultrasonic courtship vocalizations in wild house mice, Mus musculus. Animal Behaviour, 79, 757-764.
  11. Hoffmann F, Musolf K, Penn DJ (2009) Freezing urine reduces its efficacy for eliciting ultrasonic vocalizations from male mice. Physiology and Behavior, 96, 302-605.
  12. Musolf K, Meyer-Lucht Y, Sommer S (2004) Evolution of MHC-DRB class II polymorphism in the genus Apodemus and a comparison of DRB sequences within the family Muridae (Mammalia: Rodentia). Immunogenetics 56, 420-426.
  13. Harr B, Musolf K, Gerlach G (2000) Isolation of DNA microsatellite primers in wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus, Rodentia). Molecular Ecology 9, 1664-1665
  14. Gerlach G, Musolf K (2000) Fragmentation of landscape as a cause for genetic subdivision in bank voles. Conservation Biology 14, 1066-1074

PAPERS IN PRESS / SUBMITTED

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS / INVITED SEMINARS (2000-)
  • Perth, Australia 2016 – Centre for Evolutionary Biology (CEB), University of Western Australia – Invited Seminar
  • New York, USA 2014 – 15th International Behavioral Ecology Congress
  • New York, USA 2013 – 2nd CUNY Animal Behavior Initiative (CABI) Annual meeting
  • Zürich, Switzerland 2011 – 6th Ethologische Gesellschaft Annual meeting
  • Bern, Switzerland 2011 – University of Bern – Invited Seminar
  • Zürich, Switzerland 2009 – University of Zürich – Invited Seminar
  • Regensburg, Germany 2009 – 102nd Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft Annual meeting
  • Ithaca, USA 2008 – 12th International Behavioral Ecology Congress
  • Konstanz, Germany 2008 – University of Konstanz – Symposium for Communication and cooperation - from genes to behaviour – Presentation Award
  • Plön, Germany 2008 – MPI for Evolutionary Biology – Mouse-Workshop
  • Uppsala, Sweden 2007 – XI European Society for Evolutionary Biology Congress
  • Pavia, Italy 2007 – XXI International Bioacoustics Council
  • Tours, France 2006 – 11th International Behavioral Ecology Congress
  • Vienna, Austria 2006 – University of Veterinary Medicine – Invited Seminar
  • Vienna, Austria 2006 – University of Vienna – Invited Seminar
  • Krakow, Poland 2005 – X European Society for Evolutionary Biology
  • Zürich, Switzerland 2005 – Zoological Institute – Sociogenetics Symposium –Invited Seminar
  • Bielefeld, Germany 2001 – PhD Congress „Evolutionary Biology“
  • Bonn, Germany 2000 – 93rd Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft Annual Meeting
  • Bonn, Germany 2000 – PhD Congress „Evolutionary Biology“
  • Innsbruck, Austria 1999 – 92nd Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft Annual Meeting
  • Mainz, Germany 1998 – 91st Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft Annual Meeting
  • Oldenburg, Germany 1996 – 89th Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft Annual Meeting