Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

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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Dainese M, Riedinger V, Holzschuh A, Kleijn D, Scheper J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2018) Managing trap-nesting bees as crop pollinators: spatiotemporal effects of floral resources and antagonists. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 195-204.

Magrach A, Holzschuh A, Bartomeus I, Riedinger V, Roberts SPM, Rundlöf M, Vujić A, Wickens JB, Wickens VJ, Bommarco R, González-Varo JP, Potts SG, Smith HG, Steffan-Dewenter I, Vilà M (2018) Plant–pollinator networks in semi-natural grasslands are resistant to the loss of pollinators during blooming of mass-flowering crops. Ecography 41: 62–74.

Schenk M, Krauss J, Holzschuh A (2018) Desynchronizations in bee–plant interactions cause severe fitness losses in solitary bees. Journal of Animal Ecology 87: 139-149. OPEN ACCESS.

van de Peppel JJ, Aanen DK, Biedermann PHW (2018) Low intraspecific genetic diversity indicates asexuality and vertical transmission in the fungal cultivars of ambrosia beetles. Fungal Ecology 32: 57-64.

In den Alpen macht sich der Klimawandel besonders deutlich bemerkbar. Wie gut können sich Insekten, die für die Bestäubung von Pflanzen wichtig sind, daran anpassen? Das ergründet eine neue Juniorforschungsgruppe.


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

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

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


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

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

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