Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Current joint projects


Adaptation of Alpine Pollinators in Times of Global Change

Alice Classen, Fabienne Maihoff, Janika Kerner, Kristof Brenzinger (former employees)

Förderer: Bayerische Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst


Patterns and drivers of insect diversity and their microbiome along a complete forest elevational gradient in the Peruvian Andes

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Marcell Peters, Kim Holzmann, Pedro Alonso

Förderer: DFG


Ecotoxicological Evaluation from substances in our environment

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Ricarda Scheiner, Sarah Manzer, Antonia Schuhmann

Funding: Bavarian State Office for the Environment and Consumer Protection


Understanding and anticipating mechanisms of honey bee colony mortality with connected beehives

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Fabrice Requie, Fani Hatjina, Andreas Hotho, Giulia Mainardi

Funding: BMEL, Germany, ANR, France, GSRT, Greece


Enhancing the structural diversity between patches for improving multidiversity and multifunctionaliy in production forests

Jörg Müller, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Alice Claßen, Marcell Peters, Oliver Mitesser, Sonja Kümmet, Clàudia Massó Estaje, Johanna Asch, Clara Wild

Funder: DFG


Living-lab approach to floral enrichment as a tool to conserve biodiversity and maximising ecosystem services in European agricultural landscapes

Sarah Redlich

Funder: BioDivERSA/Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung


Promotion of wild bees and other pollinators in villages

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Andrea Holzschuh, Douglas Sponsler, Sonja Schulze, Jie Zhang

Funding: Bavarian State Office for the Environment, Biodiversity Centre Rhön


Ecological intensification and multifunctionality of genetically diverse cacao agroforestry in Peruvian landscapes

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Blanca Ivañez Ballesteros

Funder: DFG


Pollinator-friendly agricultural landscapes (2022 - 2024)

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Andrea Holzschuh, Denise Bertleff

Funding: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Project Management Agency: Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)


Farmer-led Agroecological Research in Malawi using Scenarios for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Cassandra Vogel, Georg Küstner

Funding: Belmont Forum, BiodivERsA, and the EU


Effects of land use on resource partitioning and foraging neuroecology in four honey bee species in India

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Abhinay Arra

Funder: DFG


Effects of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in semi-natural, agricultural and urban landscapes, and strategies for managing climate change

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Jörg Müller, Thomas Hovestadt, Jie Zhang, Sarah Redlich, Ute Fricke, Cristina Ganuza Vallejo

Funding: Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs

Rettet Rosi

Auswirkungen von Management und Habitatqualität von Saumstrukturen auf die Diversität von Wanzen und dem Vorkommen der Essigrosen-Dickfühlerweichwanze

in cooperation with Institut für Biodiversitätsinformation (IfBI) in Ebern (2020-2025)

Jochen Krauß, Fabian Klimm

Funding : Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with capital from Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety


Safeguarding European wild pollinators

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Andrea Holzschuh, Douglas Sponsler, Jie Zhang, Jochen Krauß, Carolin Biegerl

Funding: European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme


Towards zer0 Pesticide AGRIculture : European Network for sustainability

Sarah Redlich

Funder: European Union (COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology)


Upscaling the benefits of push-pull technology for sustainable agricultural intensification in East Africa

Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Marcell Peters, Jie Zhang, David Meinhof

Funding: EU Horizon 2020