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Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Research

Research groups at the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology and at the Ecological Field Station Fabrikschleichach address basic and applied ecological research questions at different spatial and temporal scales covering organizational levels from populations, communities and their biotic interactions up to ecosystems. We are interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanism that contribute to species richness and ecosystem stability and in the consequences of multiple human impacts on ecosystems. We have expertise in the ecology and taxonomy of diverse species groups ranging from ants, bees, beetles and butterflies up to amphibians and reptiles both in temperate and tropical habitats. In our research we combine experimental, comparative, observational and analytical approaches and perform theoretical modeling. Our thematic foci are biodiversity research, biotic interactions and food webs, global change, agroecology, forest ecology, biosafety research, chemical ecology, evolutionary ecology and population genetics. These issues are addressed in several national and international research clusters such as the Research Unit FOR 1246 at Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and the Biodiversity Exploratories funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the climate impact project FORKAST funded by the Bavarian ministry for Science and the EU-projects STEP, SCALES and AMIGA. Further individual projects receive funding from BMBF, DFG and several foundations.

Research groups


Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

Community Ecology
Biodiversity and Ecosystem
Conservation Biology
Tropical Biology
Biotic Interactions

Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller

Forest Ecology
Nature Conservation

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitt

Chemical Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology

Prof. Dr. Jochen Krauß

Spatial Ecology
Microbial Ecology

PD Dr. Andrea Holzschuh

Agroecology
Landscape Ecology

PD Dr. Thomas Hovestadt

Theoretical Biology
Evolutionary Ecology

Dr. Sara Leonhardt

(Nutritional) Chemical Ecology
Tropical Biology
Behavioral Ecology
Evolutionary Biology 

Dr. Alexander Keller

Molecular Ecology

Dr. Peter Biedermann

Biology of species interactions

Contact

Chair of Zoology III (Animal Ecology)
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 31-84350
Fax: +49 931 31-84352

Find Contact

Hubland Süd, Geb. B1
Hubland Süd, Geb. B1
Hubland Nord, Geb. 32
Hubland Nord, Geb. 32
Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2
Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2
Fabrikschleichach
Fabrikschleichach
Hubland Süd, Geb. B3
Hubland Süd, Geb. B3
Campus Medizin
Campus Medizin