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

Beetz, Jerome

Dr. Jerome Beetz

Senior Scientist
Zoology II / Pfeiffer lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D129
Link: Pfeiffer lab
Portrait of Dr. Jerome Beetz

In my research, I am interested on how the insect brain controls spatial orientation behavior, in the context of spatial memory. Bees show remarkable capabilities to memorize spatial information. They must remember previously visited flower patches to avoid revisits of depleted flowers (spatial working memory). In addition, they profit from remembering the location of flower patches over several days (spatial reference memory). I investigate the bees’ spatial memory by using behavioral assays and monitoring the brain activity in freely navigating bees. By combining behavioral with neural recordings, I aim to understand, the role of visual landmarks for memory consolidation and how these landmarks, and additional spatial parameters, are processed in the bee brain.

  • Flight-induced compass representation in the monarch butterfly heading network. Beetz, M. Jerome; Kraus, Christian; Franzke, Myriam; Dreyer, David; Strube-Bloss, Martin F.; Rössler, Wolfgang; Warrant, Eric J.; Merlin, Christine; el Jundi, Basil. In Current Biology, 32(2), pp. 338–349.e5. 2022.
  • Neural representation of goal direction in the monarch butterfly brain. Beetz, M. Jerome; Kraus, Christian; el Jundi, Basil. In bioRxiv. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2022.
  • Neurons in the brain of the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria sensitive to polarized light at low stimulus elevations.. Beetz, M. Jerome; Pfeiffer, Keram; Homberg, Uwe. In Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 202(11), pp. 759–781. 2016.
  • Temporal tuning in the bat auditory cortex is sharper when studied with natural echolocation sequences. Beetz, M. Jerome; Hechavarría, Julio C.; Kössl, Manfred. In Scientific Reports, 6, p. 29102-. The Author(s), 2016.
  • Topographic organization and possible function of the posterior optic tubercles in the brain of the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria.. Beetz, M. Jerome; el Jundi, Basil; Heinze, Stanley; Homberg, Uwe. In Journal of Comparative Neurology, 523(11), pp. 1589–1607. 2015.