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

Schultheiss, Patrick

Dr. Patrick Schultheiss

Zoology II / Rössler lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: Biozentrum (B1)
Room: D112
Link: Rössler lab
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I am interested in how animals, in particular insects, navigate in natural environments, with an emphasis on the visual modality. I aim for a complete understanding of navigation behaviour through an integrative approach - shining light on behaviour from many different angles.

My current goal is to understand how tiny-brained ants can produce sophisticated searching behaviour. To this end, I am combining field- and lab-based experiments with neurobiological investigations.

  • Schultheiss, P., & Guénard, B. Kinematic study of six mangrove ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reveals different swimming styles and abilities. Myrmecological News, 31, 217-224. https://doi.org/10.25849/myrmecol.news_031:217
  • Schultheiss, P., Buatois, A., Avarguès-Weber, A., & Giurfa, M. Using virtual reality to study visual performances of honeybees. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 24, 43-50. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2017.08.003
  • Schultheiss, P., Wystrach, A., Schwarz, S., Tack, A., Delor, J., Nooten, S. S., Bibost, A.-L., Freas, C. A., & Cheng, K. Crucial role of ultraviolet light for desert ants in determining direction from the terrestrial panorama. Animal Behaviour, 115, 19-28. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.02.027
  • Schultheiss, P., Wystrach, A., Legge, E. L. G., & Cheng, K. Information content of visual scenes influences systematic search of desert ants. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216(4), 742–749. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.075077
  • Schultheiss, P., & Cheng, K. Finding the nest: inbound searching behaviour in the Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti. Animal Behaviour, 81(5), 1031-1038. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.02.008