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Research interests

  • Experimental ecology and evolution
  • Interactions between different species
  • Evolution and maintenance of cooperative interactions
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Chemical ecology

 

Education and Scientific Career

Since 2009 Leader of the project group: Experimental ecology and  evolution at the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry
 
2006-2008 Postdoctoral fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the University of Auckland/ Massey University Auckland,
New Zealand in the lab of Paul B. Rainey
 

2003-2006 PhD, Department of Bioorganic Chemistry
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
in the lab of Martin Heil (PhD-thesis)
 
2001-2003 Scientific co-worker, University of Würzburg
in the lab of Karl E. Linsenmair
2001 Diploma in Biology, University of Kaiserslautern in the labs of Rainer Wirth and Matthias Redenbach

Honours and Awards

Since 2009  Associate faculty member of the Faculty of 1.000
2007  Travel award, University of Auckland
2006  Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2006  Travel award ‘Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics’, Seattle, USA
2006  Merian award, Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)
2005  Best poster award ‘International Max Planck Research School’ (IMPRS)
2005  Travel award, International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE)
2001  Merian award, Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)

 

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Conference contributions (talks)
The presenter is labelled with an asterisk (*)

2009
1 Kost C* (2009): Genomic modularity facilitates adaptive evolution in Pseudomonas fluorescens. 12th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Turin.
2008
1 Beaumont HJE; Kost C; Gallie J; Ferguson GC & Rainey PB* (2008) Moving forward, moving back: what is gained can be lost (but then it gets complicated), Behaviour of biofilm bacteria: from co-operation and communication to control, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
2 Beaumont HJE*; Kost C; Gallie J & Rainey PB (2008) Mutations, modules & phenotypes: reverse evolution and innovation in experimental bacterial populations under alternating selection, Euro Evo Devo 2008, Ghent, Belgium.
3 Radhika V*; Kost C; Heil M & Boland W (2008) Testing the optimal defence hypothesis for two indirect defences: secretion of extrafloral nectar and emission of volatile organic compounds, Multitrophic Interactions, Göttingen, Germany.
2007
1 Beaumont HJE; Gallie J; Kost C & Rainey PB* (2007) Repeated evolution of a microbial biofilm, ASM Biofilm 2007 conference, Quebec City, Canada.
2 Heil M*; Silva Bueno JC & Kost C (2007) Induction and priming of an indirect plant defense in nature, Joint International Workshop on: PP-Proteins and induced resistance against pathogens and insects, Doorn, The Netherlands.
3 Kost C*; Beaumont HJE & Rainey PB (2007) Genetic architecture of Pseudomonas fluorescens facilitates repeated re-evolution of a complex phenotype, Evolution 2007, Christchurch, New Zealand.
2006
1 Kost C*; Boland W & Heil M (2006) Lima bean neighbourhood watch - Herbivore-induced volatiles induce an indirect defence in neighbouring plants, International Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
2005
1 Kost C*; Boland W & Heil M (2005) Two induced defences benefit Lima bean in nature, 17. Irseer Naturstofftage der DECHEMA e.V., Irsee, Germany.
2 Kost C.*; Weisser WW; Boland W & Heil M (2005) Lima bean neighbourhood watch - Herbivore-induced volatiles induce an indirect defence in neighbouring plants, Kurt-Mothes-workshop for PhD students, Halle, Germany.
2004
1 Kost C* (2004) Duft oder Nektar? - Wie sich die Limabohne im Freiland gegen Fraßfeinde verteidigt, 27. Fränkisch-Mitteldeutsches Naturstoffchemiker-Treffen, Bayreuth, Germany.
2 Kost C* & Heil M (2004) Indirekte Verteidigung der Limabohne im Freiland, Multi-trophische Interaktionen, Göttingen, Germany.
2002
1 Kost C*; Mody K & Linsenmair KE (2002) Determinants of local biodiversity II: Driver ants, 1st International BIOTA-West Workshop, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West-Africa.
2001
1 Kost C* & Wirth R (2001) Symbiotic soil bacteria as broadband fungicides? High diversity of Streptomycetes in leaf-cutting ant colonies in French Guiana, International Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, Bremen, Germany.
 


Conference contributions (posters)
The presenter is labelled with an asterisk (*)

2009
1 Kost C*; Beaumont HJE; Ferguson GC; Farr AD; Rose C; Gallie J & Rainey PB (2009) : Genomic modularity facilitates adaptive evolution in Pseudomonas fluorescens. Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Population Biology, Andover, USA.
2007
1 Kost C*; Beaumont HJE & Rainey PB (2007) Replaying life’s tape – Determinism and stochasticity in reverse evolution experiments with Pseudomonas fluorescens facilitates repeated re-evolution of a complex phenotype, Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Population Biology, Andover, USA.
2 Radhika V*; Kost C; Heil M & Boland W (2007) Sweet or extra-sweet? A test of optimal defence theory for extrafloral nectar production 9th International Pollination Symposium on Plant-Pollinator Relationships - Diversity in Action, Ames, USA.
2006
1 Lakatos T*; Redenbach M; Kost C; Arendholz WR & Wirth R (2006) The white crust on cuticles of fungus-growing ants: Is it really symbiotic bacteria?, International Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
2 Radhika V*; Kost C; Heil M & Boland W (2006) Studying the regulation of volatile emission and nectar secretion in Pteridium aquilinum, Workshop on Proteomic Insights into Plant-Insect Interactions, Department of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Chemical Laboratories (NCL), Pune, India.
2005
1 Kost C*; Boland W & Heil M (2005) Two induced defences benefit Lima bean in nature, 17. Irseer Naturstofftage der DECHEMA e.V., Irsee, Germany.
2 Kost C* & Heil M (2005) Lima bean neighbourhood watch - Herbivore-induced volatiles induce an indirect defence in neighbouring plants, 21st annual meeting of the International Society for Chemical Ecology, Washington, USA.
2004
1 Kost C* & Heil M (2004) Two induced indirect defences benefit Lima bean plants in nature, 12th Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships, Berlin, Germany.
2003
1 Heil M & Kost C (2003) Insekten helfen Pflanzen: IndirekteVerteidigung, Munich Science Days: Threads of Life - 50 Years of DNA Double Helix, Munich, Germany.
2002
1 Mody K*; Kost C* & Linsenmair KE (2002) Small-scale mosaics of arthropod communities in natural habitats: patterns and determinants, 1st International BIOTA-West Workshop, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa.
2001
1 Mody K*; Kost C* & Linsenmair KE (2001) Determinants of small-scale mosaics of arthropod communities in natural and anthropogenically disturbed habitats, Annual Status Seminar of BIOLOG - German Programme on Biodiversity and Global Change, Bonn, Germany.
2 Wirth R*; Kost C & Schmidt S (2001) Costs of trail construction and maintenance may affect the pattern of herbivory in leaf-cutting-ants, Proceedings of the Society for Ecology, Basel, Switzerland.
2000
1 Böttcher IG*; Kost C*; Wirth R & Redenbach M (2000) Identification and analysis of Actinomycetes derived from fungus growing leaf cutting ants, Association for General and Applied Microbiology: Biologie bakterieller Naturstoff-produzenten, Bonn, Germany.