Our research 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. Dr. Marco Tschapka Tropical Ecology
Apl Prof. Dr. Gerhard MaierFreshwater Ecology


Recently published research (2015):

Tschapka M, Gonzalez-Terrazas TP, Knörnschild M (2015) Nectar uptake in bats using a pumping-tongue mechanism. Science Advances 25 Sep 2015: e1500525

Clozato CL, Mazzoni CJ, Moraes-Barros N, Morgante JS, *Sommer* S (2015)
Spatial pattern of adaptive and neutral genetic diversity across
different biomes in the lesser anteater (/Tamandua tetradactyla/).
/Ecology and Evolution /(13.07.2015)

Menke S, Meier M, Sommer S (2015 online first) Shifts in the gut microbiome observed in wildlife faecal samples exposed to natural weather conditions: lessons from time-series analyses using next-generation sequencing for application in field studies. Methods in Ecology & Evolution DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12394

Chemnitz J, Jentschke PC, Ayasse M, Steiger S (2015) Beyond species recognition: somatic state affects long-distance sex pheromone communication. Proc R Soc B 282:20150832

Engel KC, Männer L, Ayasse M., Steiger S (2015) Acceptance threshold theory can explain the occurrence of homosexual behaviour. Biology Letters 11: 20140603

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Prof. Dr. Simone Sommer (Director)
University of Ulm
Institute of Evolutionary Ecology
and Conservation Genomics
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