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|Since 02/2016||PhD student with Dr. Johannes Stökl at the Institute for Insect Biotechnology, Applied Entomology, Justus Liebig University of Gießen. Project: “Chemical Ecology and Pheromone Evolution in the Genus Leptopilina (Hymenoptera: Figitidae), a Parasitoid of Drosophila“|
Master program “Biology” with Major in “Evolution & Ecology”, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen.
Master Thesis at the Institute of Evolution and Ecology in the group Evolutionary Biology of Invertebrates, Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen:“Scent of Attraction: Formation of Drone Aggregations at Orphan Colonies of the Brazilian Stingless Bee Scaptotrigona aff. depilis”
Bachelor program “Biology”, University of Hohenheim.
Bachelor Thesis at the Institute of Zoology, section of Animal Ecology, University of Hohenheim:
“The Tergal Gland Secretion of the Two Rare Myrmecophilous Species Zyras collaris and Z. haworthi (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) and the Effect on Lasius fuliginosus”
Insects, their chemical ecology, and in particular the evolution of pheromone communication:
Although being considered the oldest and most wide-spread form of communication, the origin and evolution of pheromones remain often puzzling. The precursor hypothesis predicts that semiochemicals evolved from compounds primarily used for non-communicative purposes. A rare example are females of the parasitic wasp Leptopilina heterotoma, which use their defensive compound (−)-iridomyrmecin as major component of their sex pheromone. Iridomyrmecin is also produced by all other species of Leptopilina studied so far, but the chemical composition of the female sex pheromone differs greatly between species. In my PhD project I aim to reconstruct the evolution of pheromone communication in the genus Leptopilina by comparing chemical, behavioral and ecological data of several species.