Our research focusses at the interface of Evolutionary Ecology, Genetics and Functional Biodiversity research. We aim to understand the fundamental ecological, behavioral, chemical and genetic/genomic processes that drive and limit adaptive evolution to maintain ecosystem functions and wildlife health. Details on current projects, target species, methods and technologies used to achieve our goals, as well as on 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 (2018):

Nevo O, Razafimandimby D, Jeffrey JaJ, Schulz S, Ayasse M (2018) Fruit scent as an evolved signal to primate seed dispersal. Science Advances 4.

Jung K, Threlfall CG (2018) Trait-dependent tolerance of bats to urbanization: a global meta-analysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1222.

Wasimuddin, Brändel SD, Tschapka M, Page R, Rasche A, Corman VM, Drosten C, Sommer S (2018) Astrovirus infections induce age-dependent dysbiosis in gut microbiomes of bats. The ISME Journal, DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0239-1

Capodeanu-Nägler A, Ruiz De La Torre E, Eggert A-K, Sakaluk SK, Steiger S (2018) Divergent coevolutionary trajectories in parent–offspring interactions and discrimination against brood parasites revealed by interspecific cross-fostering. R Soc open sci 5: 180189, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180189

von Hoermann C, Jauch D, Kubotsch C, Reichel-Jung K, Steiger S, Ayasse M "Effects of abiotic environmental factors and land use on the diversity of carrion-visiting silphid beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae): A large scale carrion study." PLOS ONE 13, no. 5 (2018): e0196839.

Schmid J, Rasche A, Eibner G, Jeworowski L, Page RA, Corman VM, Drosten C, Sommer S (2018) Ecological drivers of Hepacivirus infection in a Neotropical rodent inhabiting landscapes with various degrees of human environmental change. Oecologia, 188(1), 289-302. . 

Schmidt-Küntzel A, Dalton DL, Menotti-Raymond M, Fabiano E, Charruau P, Johnson WE, Sommer S, Marker L, Kotzé A, O’Brien S (2018) Conservation genetics of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus): genetic history and implications for conservation. In: Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation of Cheetahs (edited by L Marker, L Boast, A Schmidt-Küntzel). Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (series editor: PJ Nyhus). Academic Press, USA.


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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
Simone.Sommer () uni-ulm.de

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