• 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.
In addition, I am fascinated by macroecological patterns of ant distribution, in particular their biogeography.

  • Schultheiss, P., Nooten, S. S., Wang, R., Wong, M. K. L., Brassard, F., and Guénard, B. (2022) The abundance, biomass, and distribution of ants on Earth, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119, e2201550119.
  • Schultheiss, P., and Guénard, B. (2021) Kinematic study of six mangrove ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reveals different swimming styles and abilities, Myrmecological News 31, 217–224.
  • Schultheiss, P., Buatois, A., Avarguès-Weber, A., and Giurfa, M. (2017) Using virtual reality to study visual performances of honeybees, Current Opinion in Insect Science 24, 43–50.
  • Schultheiss, P., Wystrach, A., Schwarz, S., Tack, A., Delor, J., Nooten, S. S., Bibost, A.-L., Freas, C. A., and Cheng, K. (2016) Crucial role of ultraviolet light for desert ants in determining direction from the terrestrial panorama, Animal Behaviour 115, 19–28.
  • Schultheiss, P., and Cheng, K. (2011) Finding the nest: inbound searching behaviour in the Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti, Animal Behaviour 81, 1031–1038.