PD Dr. Johannes Spaethe
Research group leader
Zoology II / Spaethe lab
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Phone: +49 931 31-83408
Link: Spaethe lab
My research centers on the function, ecology and evolution of sensory and neuronal systems in insects. In particular, I focus on the visual system in bees. My approach combines the methods of molecular genetics, neurobiology and behavioural science.
Current research projects are:
- Psychophysics of color vision in insects
- Eye development & Molecular evolution of opsins in insects
- Visual learning and memory formation
- Sensory perception of taste in bees
Bumblebees are able to perceive amino acids via chemotactile antennal stimulation in Journal of Comparative Physiology A (2019). 205(3) 321–331.
Immediate early genes in social insects: a tool to identify brain regions involved in complex behaviors and molecular processes underlying neuroplasticity in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (2019). 76(4) 637–651.
Innate colour preference, individual learning and memory retention in the ant Camponotus blandus in Journal of Experimental Biology (2017). 220(18) 3315–3326.
Early Duplication and Functional Diversification of the Opsin Gene Family in Insects in Molecular Biology and Evolution (2004). 21(8) 1583–1594.
Visual constraints in foraging bumblebees: Flower size and color affect search time and flight behavior in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2001). 98(7) 3898–3903.