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
Prof. Dr. Dieter Waloßek Biosystematic Documentation
apl. Prof. Dr. Marco Tschapka Tropical Ecology
apl. Prof. Dr. Gerhard MaierFreshwater Ecology


Recently published research (2016):

Marmesat E, Soriano L, Mazzoni CJ, Sommer S, Godoy JA (2016) PCR strategies for complete allele calling in multigene families using high-throughput sequencing approaches. PLoS One, in press.

von Hoermann C, Ruther J, Ayasse M (2016) Volatile organic  compounds of decaying piglet cadavers perceived by Nicrophorus vespilloides. Journal of Chemical Ecology, doi:10.1007/s10886-016-0719-6

Jacobs CGC, Steiger S, Heckel, DG, Wielsch N, Vilcinskas A, Vogel H (2016) Sex, offspring and carcass determine antimicrobial peptide expression in the burying beetle. Scientific Reports 6:25409. DOI: 10.1038/srep25409

Treitler JT, Heim O, Tschapka M, Jung K (2016) Opens external link in new windowThe effect of local land use and loss of forests on bats and nocturnal insects. Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1002/ece3.2160:1-9

Schuster AC, Herde A, Mazzoni CJ, Eccard JA, Sommer S (2016) Opens external link in new windowEvidence for selection maintaining MHC diversity in a rodent species despite strong density fluctuations. Immunogenetics,  DOI: 10.1007/s00251-016-0916-z:1-9

Engel KC, Stökl J, Schweizer R, Vogel H, Ayasse M, Ruther J, Steiger S (2016) Opens external link in new windowA hormone-related female anti-aphrodisiac signals temporary infertility and causes sexual abstinence to synchronize parental care. Nature Communications 7:11035. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms11035

Nevo O, Heymann EW, Schulz S, Ayasse M (2016) Opens external link in new windowFruit odor as a ripeness signal for seed-dispersing primates? a case study on four Neotropical plant species. Journal of Chemical Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10886-016-0687-x

Gillingham MAF, Courtiol A, Teixeira M, Galan M, Bechet A, Cezilly F (2016) Opens external link in new windowEvidence of gene orthology and trans-species polymorphism, but not of parallel evolution, despite high levels of concerted evolution in the MHC of flamingo species. J Evol Biol 29:438–454

Herkt KMB, Barnikel G, Skidmore AK, Fahr J (2016)Opens external link in new window A high-resolution model of bat diversity and endemism forcontinental Africa. Ecological Modelling 320:9–28

Rid M, Mesca C, Ayasse M, Gross J (2016) Opens external link in new windowApple proliferation phytoplasma influences the pattern of plant volatiles emitted depending on pathogen virulence. Front Ecol Evol 3:152. doi:10.3389/fevo.2015.00152

Rottler-Hoermann A-M, Schulz S, Ayasse M (2016) Opens external link in new windowNest wax triggers worker reproduction in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. R Soc open sci 3:150599 doi:10.1098/rsos.150599

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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