Kolja Smailus

Master student in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Current research:

I am interested in the phenotypic plasticity of A. burtoni, especially between lake & stream populations from the north and the south of Lake Tanganyika. During my Master work I want to combine behavioural experiments, such as mate-choice and swimming performance, with morphology aspects, to investigate if there is an “objective” preference for one of the two main environments (lake or stream).

What else

I had the luck to travel around a lot in the world since I was a little child. That’s probably why I really enjoy travelling, far and near, and see different biotopes, natural sceneries, new people and their culture. I love music! I play saxophone since I’m 10 and I’m a member in a Band since I’m 15, we brought out two albums and had concerts in 6 different countries. I’m a lot into walking, together with making or listening music it is the moment when I can reach myself and forget about the rest.


Curriculum Vitae

Born in Duisburg, Germany

2014 -

M.Sc. at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland

2010 - 2014

B.Sc. in Animal and Plant sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland