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

Römer, Daniela

Dr. Daniela Römer

Zoology II / Roces lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D135
Link: Roces lab
Portrait of Dr. Daniela Römer

I am interested in the organization of collective behaviour in social insects, especially their mechanisms of self-organization. My model systems are leaf-cutting ants of the genus Atta and Acromyrmex.

Focal points of my research are:

  • Nest building
  • Organization of foraging
  • Organization of division of labor
  • Timing of social insect behaviour

  • Römer, D., Cosarinsky, M. I., & Roces, F. Selection and spatial arrangement of building materials during the construction of nest turrets by grass-cutting ants. Royal Society Open Science, 7(10), 201312. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.201312
  • Römer, D., Bollazzi, M., & Roces, F. Leaf-cutting ants use relative humidity and temperature but not CO2 levels as cues for the selection of an underground dumpsite. Ecological Entomology, 44(4), 502-511. https://doi.org/10.1111/een.12727
  • Römer, D., Halboth, F., Bollazzi, M., & Roces, F. Underground nest building: the effect of CO2 on digging rates, soil transport and choice of a digging site in leaf-cutting ants. Insectes Sociaux, 65, 305-313. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-018-0615-x
  • Römer, D., Bollazzi, M., & Roces, F. Carbon dioxide sensing in an obligate insect-fungus symbiosis: CO2 preferences of leaf-cutting ants to rear their mutualistic fungus. PLOS ONE, 12(4), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174597
  • Römer, D., & Roces, F. Nest Enlargement in Leaf-Cutting Ants: Relocated Brood and Fungus Trigger the Excavation of New Chambers. PLOS ONE, 9(5), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097872