Dr. Patrick Schultheiss
Zoology II / Rössler lab
Building: Biozentrum (B1)
Phone: +49 931 31 89512
Link: Rössler lab
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.
In addition, I am fascinated by macroecological patterns of ant distribution, in particular their biogeography.
The abundance, biomass, and distribution of ants on Earth in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2022). 119(40) e2201550119.
Kinematic study of six mangrove ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reveals different swimming styles and abilities in Myrmecological News (2021). 31 217–224.
Using virtual reality to study visual performances of honeybees in Current Opinion in Insect Science (2017). 24 43–50.
Crucial role of ultraviolet light for desert ants in determining direction from the terrestrial panorama in Animal Behaviour (2016). 115 19–28.
Finding the nest: inbound searching behaviour in the Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti in Animal Behaviour (2011). 81(5) 1031–1038.