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 (2017):

Schmidt-Küntzel A, Dalton DL, Menotti-Raymond M, Fabiano E, Charruau P, Johnson WE, Sommer S, Marker L, Kotzé A, O’Brien S (2017) Conservation genetics of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus): genetic history and implications for conservation. In: Ecology and Conservation of Cheetahs (edited by A Schmidt-Küntzel). Elsevier Publishing, in press.

Menke S, Meier M, Mfune JKE, Melzheimer J, Wachter B, Sommer S (2017) Effect of host traits and land-use changes on the gut microbiome of the Namibian black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas). FEMS, in press (19.09.2017).

Wasimuddin, Menke S, Melzheimer J, Thalwitzer S, Heinrich H, Wachter B, Sommer S. (2017) Gut microbiomes of free-ranging and captive Namibian cheetahs: diversity, putative functions, and occurrence of potential pathogens. Molecular Ecology (in press, 19.07.2017).

Schwensow NI, Detering H, Pederson S, Mazzoni C, Sinclair R, Peacock D, Kovaliski J, Cooke B, Fickel J, Sommer S. Resistance to RHD virus in wild Australian rabbits: comparison of susceptible and resistant individuals using a genome-wide approach. Molecular Ecology (in press, 17.05.2017).

Gillingham MAF, Bechet A, Courtiol A, Rendón-Martos M, AmatJA, Samraoui, Onmus O, Sommer S, Cezilly F (2017) Very high MHC Class IIB diversity without spatial differentiation in the Mediterranean population of greater flamingos. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17(1), 56. 

Menke S, Gillingham MAF, Wilhelm K, Sommer S (2017) Home-made cost effective preservation buffer stands the test against commercial preservation methods for microbiome research. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 102.

Santos PSC, Michler F-U, Sommer S (2017) Can MHC-assortative partner choice promote offspring diversity? A new combination of MHC-dependent behaviors among sexes in a highly successful invasive mammal. Molecular Ecology, 26, 2392-2404.

More Publications of the Institute


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
Simone.Sommer () uni-ulm.de

Tel.: 0049-731-5022661 (Secretary)
Fax: 0049-731-5022683
Sekretariat_Bio3 () uni-ulm.de