Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

New Publications

Boetzl F, Ries E, Schneider J, Krauss J (2018) It’s a matter of design—how pitfall trap design affects trap samples and possible predictions. PeerJ6: e5078. DOI: doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5078. OPEN ACCESS.

Butler IA, Peters MK, Kronauer DJC (2018) Low levels of hybridization in two species of African driver ants. Journal of Evolutionary Biology31: 556–571.

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 Ecology55: 195-204.

Frank ET, Wehrhahn M, Linsenmair EK (2018) Wound treatment and selective help in a termite-hunting ant. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172457.

König J, Guerreiro MA, Persoh D, Begerow D, Krauss J (2018) Knowing your neighbourhood—the effects of Epichloë endophytes on foliar fungal assemblages in perennial ryegrass in dependence of season and land-use intensity. PeerJ6:e4660. DOI: doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4660. OPEN ACCESS.

König J, Fuchs B, Krischke M, Mueller MJ, Krauss J (2018) Hide and seek – Infection rates and alkaloid concentrations of Epichlofestucae var. lolii in Lolium perenne along a land-use gradient in Germany. Grass and Forage Science73: 510–516. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12330.

Kohl PL, Rutschmann B (2018) The neglected bee trees: European beech forests as a home for feral honey bee colonies. PeerJ6:e4602. DOI: doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4602. OPEN ACCESS.

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. Ecography41: 62–74.

Mall D, Larsen AE, Martin EA (2018) Investigating the (mis)match between natural pest control knowledge and the intensity of pesticide use. Insects9: 2. DOI: doi.org/10.3390/insects9010002. OPEN ACCESS.

Ranger CM, Biedermann PHW, Phuntumart V, Beligala GU, Ghosh S, Palmquist DE, Mueller R, Barnett J, Schultz PB, Reding ME, Benz JP (2018) Symbiont selection via alcohol benefits fungus farming by ambrosia beetles. PNAS115: 4447-4452.

Nürnberger F, Härtel S, Steffan-Dewenter I (2018) The influence of temperature and photoperiod on the timing of brood onset in hibernating honey bee colonies. PeerJ6:e4801. DOI:https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4801. OPEN ACCESS.

Schenk M, Krauss J, Holzschuh A (2018) Desynchronizations in bee–plant interactions cause severe fitness losses in solitary bees. Journal of Animal Ecology87: 139-149. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12694. OPEN ACCESS.

Schenk M, Mitesser O, Hovestadt T, Holzschuh A (2018) Overwintering temperature and body condition shift emergence dates of spring-emerging solitary bees. PeerJ6:e4721. DOI: doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4721. OPEN ACCESS.

Thormann B, Ahrens D, Espinosa CI, Armijos DM, Thomas Wagner T, Wägele JW, Peters MK (2018) Small‐scale topography modulates elevational α‐, β‐ and γ‐diversity of Andean leaf beetles. Oecologia187: 181–189.

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 Ecology32: 57-64.

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.

Many thanks for your interest and enjoy reading!


Ihre wissenschaftlichen Publikationen werden von anderen Wissenschaftlern außergewöhnlich häufig zitiert. Sechs Forscher der Universität Würzburg haben deshalb jetzt das Prädikat „Highly Cited Researcher“ erhalten.


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


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

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

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