I study host-parasite co-evolution, social evolution, and chemical communication in arthropods. So far, my main systems have been burying beetles with their phoretic mites, Carpenter ants, and leaf-cutting ants and their social parasites. I am interested in everything, though:).
Please find more information about my research on my website.
I received my Diploma from the University of Freiburg in 2007, and my PhD from the University of Copenhagen, where I worked at the Centre for Social Evolution with CODICES, in 2011. I am now working as a postdoc (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the University of Freiburg, Department for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.
Nehring, V., Boomsma, J.J. & d’Ettorre, P.: Wingless virgin queens assume helper roles in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants. Curr. Biol. in press.
Nehring V. (2011): Kommunikation hos sociale insekter. Kaskelot 187: 8-11.
Fouks B, d'Ettorre P, Nehring V. (2011): Brood adoption in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior: adaptation or recognition noise? Insectes Sociaux 58: 479-485 10.1007/s00040-011-0167-9.
Nehring, V., Evison, S. E. F., Santorelli, L. A., d'Ettorre, P. & Hughes, W.O.H. (2011): Kin-informative recognition cues in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 1942-1948. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2295.
Nehring, V. & Müller, J.K. (2009): Social environment affects the life history tactic of a phoretic mite. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1616-1623. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01771.x
Guerrieri, F. J., Nehring, V., Jørgensen, C. G., Nielsen, J., Galizia, C. G. & d'Ettorre, P. (2009): Ants recognize foes and not friends. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 2461-2468. doi: 1.10.1098/rspb.2008.1860
fighting Camponotus workers
Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ant workers