Subject areas for theses
Electrocardiogram or electromyogram from respiratory muscles in bumblebees: possible use for highly sensitive bio assays of pheromone sensitivity.
The evolution of jumping in grasshoppers and crickets: morphological analysis of fossil and extant material under the perspective of the biomechanics of jumping.
Speciation in European grasshoppers: was postglacial emergence of sibling Chorthippus species supported by changes in the temperature dependency of the key enzyme hexokinase?
Traumatic brain injury in crickets: may brain injury in insects serve as model system for understanding and therapy of traumatic brain injury in humans?
Modelling of neuronal networks for motor control: the locust flight oscillator demonstrates that modelling approaches can be crucial for a detailed understanding of network properties.
Action of modern insecticides: what neuronal structures are affected by insecticides, and are these effects actually restricted to pest species?
Navigation in desert ants: how do optic flow perceived by the eyes and stride integration interact in distance measurement? And how are olfactory cues and wind cues used in finding back to a plentiful food source?
Field work in the Tunisian desert at the basis of these projects is dependent on the future political situation in Tunisia.