• 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

  • 1.
    Römer, D., Cosarinsky, M. I., and Roces, F. (2020) Selection and spatial arrangement of building materials during the construction of nest turrets by grass-cutting ants, Royal Society Open Science, The Royal Society 7, 201312.
  • 2.
    Römer, D., Bollazzi, M., and Roces, F. (2019) Leaf-cutting ants use relative humidity and temperature but not CO2 levels as cues for the selection of an underground dumpsite, Ecological Entomology 44, 502–511.
  • 3.
    Römer, D., Halboth, F., Bollazzi, M., and Roces, F. (2018) 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.
  • 4.
    Römer, D., Bollazzi, M., and Roces, F. (2017) Carbon dioxide sensing in an obligate insect-fungus symbiosis: CO2 preferences of leaf-cutting ants to rear their mutualistic fungus, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science 12, 1–17.
  • 5.
    Römer, D., and Roces, F. (2014) Nest Enlargement in Leaf-Cutting Ants: Relocated Brood and Fungus Trigger the Excavation of New Chambers, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science 9, 1–12.