Study of Biology at TH Darmstadt; Dissertation under supervision of
Prof. A. Buschinger and with support of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
onqueen polymorphism in a North American ant, Leptothorax sp. A. Final
examinations in May 1988. June 1988 to June 1989 Post-Doc in the group
of Prof. E.O. Wilson, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Studies on systematics,
population biology and ecology of North American species of Leptothorax;
field studies in Quebec, New England, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Sept. 1, 1989 to Feb. 28, 1995 scientific assistant in the department
for behavioral physiology and sociobiology (Prof. Dr. B. Hölldobler)of
Würzburg university. studies on population biology und sociogenetics
of ants and on reproductive conflicts in insect societies. Field studies
in North America, India, Brazil, Turkey.
July 6, 1994 Habilitation at the Faculty of Biology of Würzburg
University on "Cooperation und Conflict in Ant Societies"
March 1, 1995 to Sept. 30, 1996 Heisenberg scholarship of DFG
Oct. 1. 1996 to March 31. 2000 professor at Zoological Institute I of
since April 1. 2000 professor at Lehrstuhl für Biologie 1 of Universität
Current projects are supported by DFG, INTAS, EU (IHP-Network
Member of the senate and joint committee of German Research Foundation, DFG Senate Committee on Research Training Groups, and DFG commission of the excellence initiative
Member of the steering committee of International Society of Zoological Sciences
Editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Zoology, ass. Editor of Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol.
Since 2004 member of German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
and since 2008 of Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Main scientific projects
Conflict and conflict resolution in insect societies
Evolution of alternative life histories and reproductive tactics
Reproduction, mating, and aging in social insects