Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Elena Krimmer

Phd student

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-85238
Fax:             +49 (0)931 31-852380
e-Mail: elena.krimmer@uni-wuerzburg.de

Room C036

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

97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research Interests
  • Effects of Agricultural Land-Use & Management on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

  • Biodiversity & Conservation Research

  • Taxonomy, Ecology & Evolution of Insects

ECODEAL - Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops through optimized densities of green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes

Curriculum Vitae


Since 05/2015:PhD student, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg, Germany.

"The effects of flower-rich agri-environment schemes on the biodiversity-based ecosystem services pollination and natural pest control."

10/2012- 05/2015:MSc in Biology, University of Hohenheim, Germany.

"The role of Wolbachia and cytoplasmic incompatibility in the speciation of Lariophagus distinguendus". ELLS (Euroleague for Life Sciences) Prize for Excellent Master Theses 2015.

10/2009-09/2012:BSc in Biology, University of Hohenheim, Germany.

"Veränderungen der Wirtspräferenz durch Lernprozesse während der Larvalentwicklung der Lagererzwespe Lariophagus distinguendus".


Internships and International experiences

10/2014 - 12/2014: Project work at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot, Israel. Bacterial endosymbionts in arthropods.

01/2014 - 04/2014: Internship in Chemical Ecology at the department of Plant Protection Biology at the Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet in Alnarp, Sweden (Swedish University of Agriculture). Olfactorial preferences for oviposition in different Drosophila species.

10/2013 - 12/2013: Internship in Tropical Biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) at Barro Colorado Island in Panamá, Insitute of Experimental Biology University of Ulm. Ecology and species barriers in emerging viral disease.

07/2007 - 08/2007: Internship at the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland. Landscape management and swamp preservation.


Work Experience

04/2014 -04/2015: Student Research Assistant at the Institute of Zoology at the department of Animal Ecology, University of Hohenheim.

05/2013 - 04/2015: Guide and supervision at the Zoological and Veterinary Museum of the University of Hohenheim.

10/2012 - 04/2013: Student Research Assistant at the Institute of Zoology at the department of Animal Ecology, University of Hohenheim.

12/2011 - 09/2012: Laboratory Assistant at the Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaftliche Chemie Stuttgart-Hohenheim.



Krimmer E, Martin EA, Holzschuh A, Steffan-Dewenter I. (Talk) 2018: The effects of differently composed flowerfields on pollinators in the agricultural landscape.5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in Jyväskylä, Finnland.

Boetzl FA, Krimmer E, Krauss J, Steffan‑Dewenter I. (2018) Agri-environmental schemes promote ground dwelling predators in adjacent oilseed rape fields: diversity, species traits and distance-decay functions. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.1316



Krimmer E, Martin EA, Holzschuh A, Steffan-Dewenter I (Poster) 2017: Can sown flower-rich fields enhance pollination in the agricultural landscape? BES, GFÖ, NECOV and EEF Joint Annual Meeting: Ecology Across Borders in Ghent, Belgium.



König K, Krimmer E, Brose S, Gantert C, Buschlüter I, König C, Klopfstein S, Wendt I, Baur H, Krogmann L, Steidle JML. (2015) Does early learning drive ecological divergence during speciation processes in parasitoid wasps? Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20141850. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2014.1850

Krimmer E, König K, Gottlieb Y, Steidle JML. (Talk) 2015: The role of cytoplasmic incompatibility in the reproductive Isolation of Lariophagus distinguendus. Tagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie (DGaaE) in Frankfurt, Germany.



Krimmer E, König K, Steidle JML. (Poster) 2014: The role of Wolbachia in the reproductive isolation of Lariophagus distinguendus. 11. Hymenopterologen Tagung in Stuttgart, Germany.



Krimmer E, Hacker K, Brose S, Steidle JML. (Poster) 2012: Lernprozesse während der Larvalentwicklung von Lariophagus distinguendus. 10. Hymenopterologen Tagung in Stuttgart, Germany.