Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

New Publications

Boetzl FA, Krimmer E, Krauss J, Steffan‐Dewenter I (2019) Agri‐environmental schemes promote ground‐dwelling predators in adjacent oilseed rape fields: Diversity, species traits and distance‐decay functions. Journal of Applied Ecology56: 10–20. doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13162.

Larsen AE, Patton M, Martin EA (2019) High highs and low lows: Elucidating striking seasonal variability in pesticide use and its environmental implications. Science of the Total Environment651: 828–837. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.206.

Joschinski J, Kiess T, Krauss J (2019) Day length constrains the time budget of aphid predators. Insect Science26: 164-170. doi.org/10.1111/1744-7917.12507.

Prado A, Pioz M, Vidau C, Requier F, Brunet JL, Jury M, Le Conte Y, Alaux C (in press). Exposure to pollen-bound pesticide mixtures induces longer-lived but less efficient honey bees. Science of the Total Environment 650: 1250-1260. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.102.

Pufal G, Memmert J, Leonhardt SD, Minden V (2019) Negative bottom-up effects of sulfadiazine, but not penicillin and tetracycline, in soil substitute on plants and higher trophic levels. Environmental Pollution245: 531-544. doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.11.008

Seibold S, Müller J, Baldrian P, Cadotte MW, Stursova M, Biedermann PHW, Krah F-S, Bässler C (2019) Fungi associated with beetles dispersing from dead wood - Let's take the beetle bus! Fungal Ecology39: 100-108. doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2018.11.016

van der Plas F, Allan E, Fischer N, Alt F, Arndt H, Binkenstein J, Blaser S, Blüthgen N, Böhm S , Hölzel N, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Morris K, Oelmann Y, Prati D,  Renner SC, Rillig MC, Schaefer HM, Schloter M, Schmitt B, Schöning I, Schrumpf M, Solly EF, Sorkau E,Steckel J, Steffan‐Dewenter I, Stempfhuber B, Tschapka M, Weiner CN, Weisser WW, Werner M, Westphal C, Wilcke W, Manning P (2019) Towards the development of general rules describing landscape heterogeneity–multifunctionality relationships. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 168-179. doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13260.

Voulgari-Kokota A, Grimmer G,Steffan-Dewenter I, Keller A (2019) Bacterial community structure and succession in nests of two megachilid bee genera. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 95: 1-11. doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiy218. OPEN ACCESS.

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III)

Welcome to the website of the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III). Our department is part of the Biocenter at the University of Würzburg and comprises three professorships and about 60 staff members. The involved working groups cover major areas of animal ecology in research and teaching. The main emphasis is on biodiversity research, ecosystem functioning, global change, tropical ecology and evolutionary ecology. Teaching and research takes place at the Campus "Am Hubland", at the Ecological Field Station Fabrikschleichach, and in the field.

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Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. This is the result of a new study by the University of Würzburg.


Head of Department of Zoology III:
Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

Head of Ecological Field Station:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller

Head of Chemical Ecology Research Group:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitt

Emmy-Noether Research group Insect-Fungus Symbioses:
Dr. Peter Biedermann

Head of the Theoretical Evolutionary Ecology Group: PD Dr. Thomas Hovestadt


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

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

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