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 Sommer Conservation Genomics and EcoHealth
Prof. Dr. Manfred Ayasse Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Lena Wilfert Functional Biodiversity
apl. Prof. Dr. Marco Tschapka Tropical Ecology

Recently published research (2020/2021):

Kuppler J, Wieland J, Junker RR, Ayasse M (2021) Drought-induced reduction in flower size and abundance correlates with reduced flower visits by bumble bees. AoBPlants doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/plab001

Höfer RJ, Ayasse MKuppler J (2021) Bumblebee Behavior on Flowers, but Not Initial Attraction, Is Altered by Short-Term Drought Stress. Front. Plant Sci. 11:564802. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.564802

Martel C, Scopece G, Cozzolino S, Ayasse M, Pinheiro F, Cafasso D (2021) Genetic diversity in natural populations of the endangered Neotropical orchid Telipogon

Gillingham MAF, Montero BK, Wilhelm K, Grudzus K, Sommer S, Santos PSC (2020) A novel workflow to improve genotyping of multigene families in wildlife species: an experimental set-up with a known model system. Molecular Ecology Resources.

Heni AC, Schmid J, Rasche A, Corman VM, Drosten C, Sommer S (2020) Pathogen-associated selection on innate immunity genes (TLR4, TLR7) in a neotropical rodent in landscapes differing in anthropogenic disturbance. Heredity. doi.org/10.1038/s41437-020-0331-y. https://rdcu.be/b5nQ2

Paraskevopoulou S, Pirzer F, Schmid J, Corman VM, Schroeder S, Rasche A, Muth D, Goldmann N, Gottula LT, Drexler JF, Heni AC, Eibner GJ, Page R, Jones TC, Müller MA, Sommer S, Glebe D, Drosten C (2020) Mammalian hepatitis delta virus without hepadnavirus coinfection in the neotropical rodent Proechimys semispinosus. PNAS. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2006750117 

Peuker MA, Burger H, Krausch S, Neumüller U, Ayasse M, Kuppler J (2020)  Floral traits are associated with the quality but not quantity of heterospecific stigmatic pollen loads. BMC Ecol 20, 54 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12898-020-00323-5

Weithmann S, Kuppler J, Degasperi G, Steiger S, Ayasse M, von Hoermann C (2020) Local and Landscape Effects on Carrion-Associated Rove Beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) Communities in German Forests. Insects 11: 828, doi.org/10.3390/insects11120828

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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