• Honeybees (partly marked) on the edge of a brood frame
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Stöckl, Anna

Dr. Anna Stöckl

Research group leader
Zoology II / Stöckl lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D139
Link: Stöckl lab
Portrait of Dr. Anna Stöckl

My research seeks to understand general strategies in visual processing, how they are shaped by their anatomical substrates and how they express in natural behaviour. Following this interest, I have investigated neural adaptations for vision in dim light in insects, and the effect of correlated activity on visual coding in the vertebrate retina. My current research focuses on spatial processing strategies in insect vision. I use physiological, anatomical, behavioural and computational methods to approach these questions from multiple angles. My passion for neuroethological questions arises from the amazement that even a small number of neurons – when combined appropriately - can control complex behaviours, such as a hawkmoth navigating on the wing through cluttered undergrowth. It is helped by an incurable addiction for seeing these neurons live in action.

  • 1.
    Bigge, R., Pfefferle, M., Pfeiffer, K., and Stöckl, A. (2021) Natural image statistics in the dorsal and ventral visual field match a switch in flight behaviour of a hawkmoth, Current Biology 31, R280-R281.
  • 2.
    Stöckl, A. L., O’Carroll, D. C., and Warrant, E. J. (2020) Hawkmoth lamina monopolar cells act as dynamic spatial filters to optimize vision at different light levels, Science Advances, American Association for the Advancement of Science 6, eaaz8645.
  • 3.
    Dahake, A. *, Stöckl, A. *, Foster, J., Sane, S. P., and Kelber, A. (2018) The roles of vision and antennal mechanoreception in hawkmoth flight control, eLife e37606.
  • 4.
    Stöckl, A., Heinze, S., Charalabidis, A., El Jundi, B., Warrant, E., and Kelber, A. (2016) Differential investment in visual and olfactory brain areas reflects behavioural choices in hawk moths, Sci Rep 6, 26041–26041.
  • 5.
    Stöckl, A., O’Carroll, D., and Warrant, E. (2016) Neural Summation in the Hawkmoth Visual System Extends the Limits of Vision in Dim Light, Current Biology 26, 821–826.