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 MeyerFreshwater Ecology
PD Dr. Marco TschapkaTropical Ecology


Job announcement

Initiates file downloadPostdoctoral Research Position in Population Genomics/Bioinformatics


Find out more about recently published research:

Drexler JF, Geipel A, König A, Corman VM, Riel Dv, Leijten LM, Bremer CM, Rasche A, Cottontail VM, Maganga GD, Schlegel M, Müller MA, Adam A, Klose SM, Carneiroi AJB, Stöcker A, Franke CR, Gloza-Rausch F, Geyer J, Annanm A, Adu-Sarkodien Y, Oppong S, Binger T, Vallo P, Tschapka M, Ulrich RG, Gerlich WH, Leroy EM, Kuiken T, Glebe D, Drosten C (2013) Opens external link in new window Bats carry pathogenic hepadnaviruses antigenically related to hepatitis B virus and capable of infecting human hepatocytes. PNAS 11:16151–16156

Milet-Pinheiro P, Ayasse M, Dobson HEM, Schlindwein C, Francke W, Dötterl S (2013)Opens external link in new window The chemical basis of host-plant recognition in a specialized bee pollinator. J Chem Ecol 10.1007/s10886-013-0363-3

Steiger S, Ower GD, Stökl J, Mitchell C, Hunt J, Sakaluk SK (2013)Opens external link in new window Sexual selection on cuticular hydrocarbons of male sagebrush crickets in the wild. Proc R Soc B 280:20132353

Kaltenpoth M, Steiger S (2013) Opens external link in new windowUnearthing carrion beetles’ microbiome: characterization of bacterial and fungal hindgut communities across the Silphidae. Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.12469

Eckenweber M, Knörnschild M (2013) Opens external link in new windowSocial influences on territorial signalling in male greater-sac winged bats. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 67:639-648

Geipel I, Jung K, Kalko EKV (2013) Opens external link in new windowPerception of silent and motionless prey on vegetation by echolocation in the gleaning bat Micronycteris microtis. Proc R Soc B 280:20122830

Nyffeler M, Knörnschild M (2013) Opens external link in new windowBat predation by spiders. PLOS ONE 8:e58120

Ripperger SP, Tschapka M, Kalko EKV, Rodriguez-Herrera B, Mayer F (2012)Opens external link in new window Life in a mosaic landscape: anthropogenic habitat fragmentation affects genetic population structure in a frugivorous bat species. Conserv Genet 10.1007/s10592-012-0434-y

Rottler A-M, Schulz S, Ayasse M (2013) Opens external link in new windowWax lipids signal nest identity in bumblebee colonies. J Chem Ecol 39:67-75

von Hoermann C, Steiger S, Müller JK, Ayasse M (2013) Opens external link in new windowToo fresh is unattractive! The attraction of newly emerged Nicrophorus vespilloides females to odour bouquets of large cadavers at various stages of decomposition. Plos ONE 8:e58524-e58524

Selected media links:

Gefährlich? - wie Fledermäuse Viren übertragen (dw-world.de, 31.07.2011)


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 FensterTropical Community Ecology Research on BCI in Panama

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