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Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Integrative behavioral sciences: Neuroethology – Behavioral Ecology – Evolution

Understanding the foundations of behavior is the central focus of research at the department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology (Zoology II).  Insects express a fascinating behavioral repertoire and are of outstanding ecological importance. Behavior determines interactions of organisms with their environment and is the “final product” of a complex interplay between endogenous and exogenous factors. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying behavior by using an integrative approach – from the molecular, sensory and neuronal mechanisms to the function of ecological and social interactions up to their evolutionary foundations. Research groups at the department focus on different aspects of the behavioral sciences, they apply state of the art techniques and strive for close interactions between research and teaching. Interactions with other groups in the collaborative research focus on insect sciences at the Biocenter and across the University of Würzburg create an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly productive research and training environment.

Research groups

el Jundi lab -
Animal navigation


Dr. Basil el Jundi

Room: D113
Tel: +49 931 31-88567
basil.el-jundi@uni-wuerzburg.de

Pfeiffer lab - Neuroethology of spatial orientation


Prof. Dr. Keram Pfeiffer

Room: D136
Tel: +49 931 31-88510
keram.pfeiffer@uni-wuerzburg.de

Roces lab -
Behavioral ecology


Prof. Dr. Flavio Roces

Room: D120
Tel: +49 931 31-84311
roces@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

Rössler lab - Neuroethology of social behavior


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rössler

Room: D116
Tel: +49 931 31-84306
roessler@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

Scheiner lab - Behavioral biology of the honeybee


Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner

Room: D127
Tel: +49 931 31-84745
ricarda.scheiner@uni-wuerzburg.de

Spaethe lab -
Sensory ecology


PD Dr. Joahnnes Spaethe

Room: D111
Tel: +49 931 31-83408
johannes.spaethe@uni-wuerzburg.de

Strube-Bloss lab -
Multimodal integration


Dr. Martin Strube-Bloss

Room: D141
Tel: +49 931 31-80732
martin.strube-bloss@uni-wuerzburg.de


Central facilities

Bee station


Bienenstation der Universität Würzburg

Theodor-Boveri-Weg 6
97074 Würzburg

Ant facility


Ameisenhaltung (Zoologie II)

Biozentrum
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg