• 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.

  • The abundance, biomass, and distribution of ants on Earth Schultheiss, Patrick; Nooten, Sabine S.; Wang, Runxi; Wong, Mark K. L.; Brassard, François; Guénard, Benoit 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 Schultheiss, Patrick; Guénard, Benoit in Myrmecological News (2021). 31 217–224.
  • Using virtual reality to study visual performances of honeybees Schultheiss, Patrick; Buatois, Alexis; Avarguès-Weber, Aurore; Giurfa, Martin 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 Schultheiss, Patrick; Wystrach, Antoine; Schwarz, Sebastian; Tack, Aloys; Delor, Jeanne; Nooten, Sabine S.; Bibost, Anne-Laurence; Freas, Cody A.; Cheng, Ken in Animal Behaviour (2016). 115 19–28.
  • Finding the nest: inbound searching behaviour in the Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti Schultheiss, Patrick; Cheng, Ken in Animal Behaviour (2011). 81(5) 1031–1038.