Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Dr. Nicola Seitz

Post-doctoral researcher

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-88356
e-Mail: nicola.seitz@uni-wuerzburg.de

Room C017

University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg, Germany

  • ecosystem services
  • dynamics of ecosystems
  • plant-insect interactions
  • pollination
  • bee conservation

Promoting wild bee communities with pollinator friendly seed mixes - benefits and caveats

  • comparing native and non-native wildflower meadows regarding their associated bee communities
  • analyzing nutritional values of floral resources (pollen and nectar)
  • experimental field study at the Beltsville research farm, University of Maryland (USA)

The potential of old sand mines as bee habitat

  • evaluating bee communities in sand mines in Maryland, USA


Aug 2014 – July 2019: PhD program at the Department of Animal Ecology & Tropical Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany; collaborating with the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA. 
Dissertation: Bee demise and bee rise. From honey bee colony losses to finding measures for advancing entire bee communities.

Oct 2009 – Oct 2011: M.Sc. Sustainability Sciences, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

  • master thesis in cooperation with and funded by University of California, Davis, USA: The impact of pesticide use on flower visitor activity and pollination in onion (Allium cepa L.) seed production

Oct 2005 – Feb 2009: B.Sc. International Degree Course Industrial and Environmental Biology, Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Sept 2007 – Jan 2008: exchange student at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Professional Experience

since July 2019: Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Animal Ecology & Tropical Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

Dec 2011 – Jul 2014: employed at the Climate Protection Agency Hanover Region, Germany

  • developing and carrying out municipal climate protection concepts within the framework of the National Climate Initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment

Apr 2011 – Oct 2011: student assistant at the Institute for Environmental Communication, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Oct 2010 – Nov 2010: employed at the Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Mar 2010: internship at the Representation of Lower Saxony at the European Union, Brussels

Apr 2009 – Jul 2009: Commerzbank funded Internship for the Environment (Praktikum für die Umwelt) at the National Park Harz, Germany

Feb 2008 – Jun 2008: working in the project Environmental Pedagogy, Ecotourism and Civil Rights at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Scholarships, Grants & Awards

2019: Career Development Fellowship, Graduate School of Life Sciences Würzburg

2018: SCIENTIA PhD scholarship (Bavarian qualification program for women in science)

2018: Winner of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Würzburg Mit Wildbienen zum Sieg  &
Runner up award for the European 3MT competition of the Coimbra Group universities

2016: PhD scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (Doktoranden Jahresstipendium des DAADs)

2016: grant (€2000) for chemical analyses of PhD project, Universitätsbund Würzburg

2016: Exploration Fund Grant ($1000) for field work of PhD project, The Explorers Club

Carolina Diller, Nicola Seitz, Charles B. Fenster. Selection response for stamen length adaptive accuracy in Brassica rapa. Manuscript in preparation.

Nicola Seitz, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Sara Leonhardt (2020). Are native and non-native pollinator friendly plants equally valuable for native wild bee communities? Ecology and Evolution, 10: 12838– 12850, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6826.

Nicola Seitz, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Sara Leonhardt. Conserving bees in destroyed landscapes: The potentials of reclaimed sand mines. Global Ecology and Conservation e00642, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00642.

Nicola Seitz, Kirsten S. Traynor, Nathalie Steinhauer, Karen Rennich, Michael E. Wilson, James D. Ellis, Robyn Rose, David R. Tarpy, Ramesh R. Sagili, Dewey M. Caron, Keith S. Delaplane, Juliana Rangel, Kathleen Lee, Kathy Baylis, James T. Wilkes, John A. Skinner, Jeffery S. Pettis, Dennis vanEngelsdorp (2016). A national survey of managed honey bee 2014-2015 annual colony losses in the USA. Journal of Apicultural Research 54 (4): 292-304, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2016.1153294.

Sandra Gillespie, Rachael Long, Nicola Seitz, Neal Williams (2014). Insecticide use in hybrid onion seed production affects pre- and post-pollination processes. Journal of Economic Entomology 107 (1): 29-37, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1603/EC13044.


Other publications

Nicola Seitz (2020) Insektensterben: Exotische Snacks helfen Bienen, Online Artikel, National Geographic, 9.11.2020: https://www.nationalgeographic.de/tiere/2020/11/insektensterben-exotische-snacks-helfen-bienen.


Talks & Poster presentations

Nicola Seitz, Sara D. Leonhardt, Dennis vanEngelsdorp (2018) Diverse bee communities in destructed landscapes. Talk, Congress of Hymenopterists (Stuttgart, Germany).

Nicola Seitz, Sara D. Leonhardt, Dennis vanEngelsdorp (2018) Are non-native plants a valuable resource for wild bees? Talk, EurBee, 8th Congress of Apidology (Ghent, Brussles).

Nicola Seitz, Sara D. Leonhardt, Dennis vanEngelsdorp (2018) New habitat for wild bees in old sand mines. Talk, XI International Symposium on Pollination (Berlin, Germany).

Nicola Seitz, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Sara D. Leonhardt (2017) Do non-native pollinator friendly plants provide suitable resources for wild native bee communities? Talk, Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (Portland, Oregon, USA).

Nicola Seitz, Sara D. Leonhardt, Dennis vanEngelsdorp (2016). Are sand mines an underestimated habitat for wild bee communities? Poster presentation, International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy (Penn State, USA).