We are in deep sorrow for our colleague and dear friend

Dr. Heiko Bellmann,

who passed away so suddenly and unexpected on march 7th.


Wir trauern um unseren geschätzten Kollegen und lieben Freund

Dr. Heiko Bellmann,

der am 07. März für uns völlig überraschend gestorben ist.


The research of the Institute of Experimental Ecology focusses at the interface of Evolutionary Ecology and Functional Biodiversity research. We aim to understand the fundamental ecological, behavioral, chemical and genetic/genomic factors as well as population health related processes that drive adaptive evolution and ensure ecosystem functions. Details on current projects, target species, methods and technologies used to achieve our goals, as well as our team can be found here:


Prof. Dr. Simone SommerConservation Genomics and EcoHealth
Prof. Dr. Manfred AyasseChemical Ecology
Apl Prof. Gerhard MaierFreshwater Ecology
PD Dr. Marco TschapkaTropical Ecology


Find out more about recently published research:

Schwensow N, Cooke B, Kovaliski J, Sinclair R, Peacock D, Fickel J, Sommer S (in press) Rabbit haemorrhagic disease: virus persistence and adaptation inAustralia. Evolutionary Applications 

Lapinski, W., Tschapka,M. (accepted) Opens external link in new windowDesiccation resistance reflects patterns of microhabitat choice in a Central-American assemblage of wandering spiders. Journal of Experimental Biology DOI: 10.1242/​jeb.102533.

Steiger S, Stökl J (2014)Opens external link in new window The role of sexual selection in the evolution of chemical signals in insects. Insects 5: 423-438

Nagy M, Knörnschild M, Günther L, Mayer F (2014) Opens external link in new windowDispersal and social organization in the Neotropical Grey sac-winged bat Balantiopteryx plicata. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 68:891–901

Haberer W, Steiger S, Müller JK (2014) Opens external link in new windowDynamic changes in volatile emissions of breeding burying beetles. Physiological Entomology 39:153-164

Ayasse M, Jarau S (2014)Opens external link in new window Chemical ecology of bumble bees. Annu Rev Entomol 59:299-319

Allan E, Bossdorf O, Dormann CF, Pratia D, Gossner MM, Tscharntke T, Blüthgen N, Bellach M, Birkhofer K, Boch S, Böhm SM, Börschig C, Chatzinotas A, Christ S, Daniel R, Diekötter T, Fischer C, Friedl T, Glaser K, Hallmann C, Hodac L, Hölzel N, Jung K, Klein AM, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Krauss J, Lange M, Morris EK, Müller J, Nacken H, Pašali E, Rillig MC, Rothenwöhrer C, Schall P, Christoph Scherberf, Schulze W, Sochera SA, Steckel J, Steffan-Dewenterh I, Türke M, Weiner CN, Werner M, Westphal C, Wolters V, Wubet T, Gockel S, Gorke M, Hemp A, Renner SC, Schöning I, Pfeiffer S, König-Ries B, Buscot F, Linsenmair KE, Schulze E-D, Weisser WW, Fischer M (2014) Opens external link in new windowInterannual variation in land-use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity. PNAS 111:308–313

Jung K, Molinari J, Kalko EKV (2014) Opens external link in new windowDriving factors for the evolution of species-specific echolocation call design in New World free-tailed bats (Molossidae). PLOS ONE 9:e85279

Schmid J (2013) Physiology and energetics. In: Opens external link in new window"Primate ecology and conservation: A handbook of techniques" (Sterling EJ, Bynum NBlair ME, eds.), pp. 213-223. Oxford University Press


Selected project links:

German Research Foundation Biodiversity Exploratories

Öffnet einen internen Link im aktuellen FensterPublications of the Institute of Experimental Ecology

Öffnet einen internen Link im aktuellen FensterChemical Ecology Work on Bees

German Research Foundation Ghana Project

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterBat Research in the EU Chiroping Project




Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer (Director)
University of Ulm
Institute of Experimental Ecology (M25)
Albert-Einstein Allee 11
D-89069 Ulm
Tel.: 0049-731-5022660
Tel.: 0049-731-5022661 (Secretary)
Fax: 0049-731-5022683
Simone.Sommer () uni-ulm.de
Sekretariat_Bio3 () uni-ulm.de