Steiger, S., Stökl, J. (2017) Pheromones involved in insect parental care and family life. Current Opinion in Insect Sciences 24: 89–95

Stökl, J., Steiger, S. (2017) Evolutionary origin of insect pheromones. Current Opinion in Insect Sciences 24: 36-42.

Capodeanu-Nägler, A., Eggert, A., Vogel, H., Sakaluk, S.K., Steiger S. (2017). Species divergence in offspring begging and parental provisioning is linked to nutritional dependency. Behavioral Ecology 29: doi: 10.1093/beheco/arx117

Chemnitz, J., Bagrii, N., Ayasse, M., Steiger, S. (2017) Variation in sex pheromone emission does not reflect immunocompetence but affects attractiveness of male burying beetles—a combination of laboratory and field experiments. The Science of Nature 104: 53, DOI 10.1007/s00114-017-1473-5

Pascual, J., von Hoermann, C., Rottler-Hoermann, A.-M., Nevo, O., Geppert, A., Sikorski, J., Huber, K. J., Steiger, S., Ayasse, M., Overmann, J. (2017) Function of bacterial community dynamics in the formation of cadaveric semiochemicals during in situ carcass decomposition. Environmental Microbiology DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13828

Vogel, H., Shukla, S.P., Engl, T., Weiss, B., Fischer, R., Steiger, S., Heckel, D.G., Kaltenpoth, M. Vilcinskas, A (2017). The digestive and defensive basis of carcass utilization by the burying beetle and its microbiota. Nature Communications 8:15186, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15186

Chemnitz J, Bagrii N, Ayasse M, Steiger S  (2017) Staying with the young enhances fathers’ attractiveness in burying beetles. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.13194

Keppner EM, Prang M, Engel KC, Ayasse M, Stökl J, Steiger S (2016) Beyond cuticular hydrocarbons: Chemically mediated mate recognition in the subsocial burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Journal of Chemical Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10886-016-0806-8, online first:1-10

Capodeanu-Nägler A, Keppner E, Vogel H, Ayasse M, Eggert A, Sakaluk SK, Steiger S (2016) From facultative to obligatory parental care: Interspecific variation in offspring dependency on post-hatching care in burying beetles. Scientific Reports 6:29323

Luzar AB, Schweizer R, Sakaluk SK, Steiger S (2016) Access to a carcass, but not mating opportunities, influences paternal care in burying beetles. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:7

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

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

Steiger S, Capodeanu-Nägler A, Gershman SN, Weddle CB, Rapkin J, Sakaluk SK, Hunt J (2015) Female choice for male cuticular hydrocarbon profile in decorated crickets is not based on similarity to their own profile. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:2175-2186

Chemnitz J, Jentschke PC, Ayasse M, Steiger S (2015) Beyond species recognition: somatic state affects long-distance sex pheromone communication. Proc R Soc B 282:20150832

Steiger S (2015) Recognition and Family life: Recognition mechanisms in the biparental burying beetle. In: Social Recognition in Invertebrates (L. Aquiloni and E. Tricarico, eds.). pp 249-266

Sperling S, Kühbandner S, Engel KC, Steiger S, Stökl J, Ruther J (2015) Size exclusion high performance liquid chromatography: Re-discovery of a rapid and versatile method for clean-up and fractionation in chemical ecology. J ChemEcol DOI 10.1007/s10886-015-0584-8

Engel KC, Männer L, Ayasse M, Steiger S (2015) Acceptance threshold theory can explain the occurrence of homosexual behaviour. Biology Letters 11: 20140603

Capodeanu-Nägler A, Sakaluk SK, Hunt J, Steiger S (2014) Self-recognition in crickets via on-line processing. Current Biology 24: R1117-R1118
(Featured in Current Biology: Breed MD, McCreery HF (2014) Animal Behavior: Social recognition in crickets. Current Biology 24: R1123-R1124)

Kaltenpoth M, Steiger S (2014) Unearthing carrion beetles’ microbiome: characterization of bacterial and fungal hindgut communities across the Silphidae. Molecular Ecology 23: 1251-1267. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12469

Steiger S, Stökl J (2014) The role of sexual selection in the evolution of chemical signals in insects. Insects 5: 423-438

Haberer W, Steiger S, Müller JK (2014) Dynamic changes in volatile emissions of breeding burying beetles. Physiological Entomology 39:153-164

Engel KC,  von Hoermann C, Eggert A-K, Müller JK, Steiger S (2014) When males stop having sex: adaptive insect mating tactics during parental care. Animal Behaviour 90: 245-253

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

Ower GD, Kevin A. Judge, Steiger S, Caron KJ, Smith RA, Hunt J, Sakaluk SK (2013) Multivariate sexual selection on male song structure in wild populations of sagebrush crickets, Cyphoderris strepitans (Orthoptera: Haglidae). Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1002/ece3.736 

Steiger S (2013) Bigger mothers are better mothers: disentangling size-related prenatal and postnatal maternal effects. Proc R Soc B 280:20131225

Weddle CB, Steiger S, Hamaker CG, Ower GD, Mitchell C, Sakaluk SK, Hunt J (2013) Cuticular hydrocarbons as a basis for chemosensory self-referencing in crickets: a potentially universal mechanism facilitating polyandry in insects. Ecology Letters 16:346-353

von Hoermann C, Steiger S, Müller JK, Ayasse M (2013) Too 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

Steiger S, Gershman SN, Pettinger AM, Eggert A-K, Sakaluk SK (2012) Dominance status and sex influence nutritional state and immunity in burying beetles Nicrophorus orbicollis. Behavioral Ecology 23:1126-1132

Steiger, S. (2012) New Synthesis - Visual and chemical ornaments: what researchers of different signal modalities can learn from each other. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38, 1.

Steiger, S., Meier, T. & Müller, J. K. (2012) Fitness costs associated with chemical signaling. Communicative & Integrative Biology 5: 57-60.

Steiger, S., Gershman, S., Pettinger, A., Sakaluk, S. & Eggert, A.-K. (2011) Sex differences in immunity and rapid upregulation of immune defense during parental care in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis. Functional Ecology 25: 1368-1378. 

Steiger, S., Haberer, W. & Müller, J. K. (2011) Social company determines degree of chemical signalling. Biology Letters 7: 822-824.

Pettinger, A., Steiger, S., Müller, J. K., Sakaluk, S. K.  & Eggert, A.-K. (2011) Dominance status and carcass availability affect the outcome of sperm competition in burying beetles. Behavioral Ecology 22: 1079-1087.

Steiger, S., Schmitt, T. & Schaefer, H. M. (2011) The origin and dynamic evolution of chemical information transfer. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 278: 970-979.


Steiger, S. & Müller, J.K. (2010) From class-specific to individual discrimination: acceptance threshold changes with risk in the partner recognition system of the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Animal Behaviour 80: 607-613.

Haberer, W., Steiger, S. & Müller, J. K. (2010) (E)-Methylgeranate, a chemical signal of juvenile hormone titre and its role in the partner recognition system of burying beetles. Animal Behaviour 79: 17-24.

Steiger, S., Whitlow, S., Peschke, K. & Müller, J. K. (2009) Surface chemicals inform about sex and breeding status in the biparental burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Ethology 115: 178-185.

Steiger, S., Franz, R. & Müller, J. K. (2008) The Coolidge effect, individual recognition and selection for distinctive cuticular signatures in a subsocial insect. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 275: 1831-1838.

Steiger, S. & Müller, J. K. (2008) ‘True’ and ‘untrue’ individual recognition: suggestion of a less restrictive definition. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23: 355.

Smiseth, P., Hwang, W., Steiger, S. & Müller, J. K. (2008) Adaptive consequences and heritable basis of asynchronous hatching in Nicrophorus vespilloides. Oikos 117: 899-907.

Steiger, S., Peschke, K. & Müller, J. K. (2008) Correlated changes in breeding status and polyunsaturated cuticular hydrocarbons: the chemical basis of nestmate recognition in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 1053-1060.

Steiger, S., Richter, K.,  Eggert, A. K. & Müller, J. K. (2007) Maternal nutritional condition and and genetic differentiation affect brood size and offspring body size in Nicrophorus. Zoology 110: 360-368.

Steiger, S., Peschke, K., Francke, W. & Müller, J. K. (2007) The smell of parents: breeding status influences cuticular hydrocarbon pattern in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 274: 2211-2220.