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

Roces, Flavio

Prof. Dr. Flavio Roces

Research group leader
Chair of Zoology II   /Roces lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building:B1 (Biozentrum)

I am a behavioral physiologist interested in decision making and the mechanisms underlying the organization of social insect colonies. After earning a PhD in zoology from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), I worked as a posdoc at the University of Erlangen (Germany), and finally moved to the University of Würzburg. My studies on ant societies are aimed, in a broad sense, to analyze the link between worker behavior and colony function, and combine physiological and behavioral research in the lab with ecological studies in the field. Current research projects are listed on the main page of my group (Behavioral Ecology).

  • Halboth, F., and Roces, F. (2017) Underground anemotactic orientation in leaf-cutting ants: perception of airflow and experience-dependent choice of airflow direction during digging, The Science of Nature 104, 82.
  • Römer, D., Bollazzi, M., and Roces, F. (2017) Carbon dioxide sensing in an obligate insect-fungus symbiosis: CO2 preferences of leaf-cutting ants to rear their mutualistic fungus, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science 12, 1-17.
  • Kadochová, Š., Frouz, J., and Roces, F. (2017) Sun Basking in Red Wood Ants Formica polyctena (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): Individual Behaviour and Temperature-Dependent Respiration Rates, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science 12, 1-23.
  • Arenas, A., and Roces, F. (2017) Avoidance of plants unsuitable for the symbiotic fungus in leaf-cutting ants: Learning can take place entirely at the colony dump, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science 12, 1-16.
  • Bollazzi, M., Forti, L. C., and Roces, F. (2012) Ventilation of the giant nests of Atta leaf-cutting ants: does underground circulating air enter the fungus chambers?, Insectes Sociaux 59, 487--498.