Verhaltensökologie - Behavioural Ecology



Volker Nehring

University Freiburg, Biology I
Hauptstrasse 1
D-79104 Freiburg
Phone: ++49 / 761 / 203 - 8346


Volker Nehring  


I study host-parasite co-evolution, social evolution, and chemical communication in arthropods. So far, my main study 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, in 2011. I am now working as a postdoc (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the University of Freiburg, Department for Evolutionary Biology and Ecology.



Nehring, V., Wyatt, T. D., & d’Ettorre, P. (2014). Noise in chemical communication. In H. Brumm (Ed.), Animal Communication and Noise. New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-41494-7

Nehring, V., Boomsma, J.J. & d’Ettorre, P. (2012): Wingless virgin queens assume helper roles in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants. Curent. Biology 22: R671-R673. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.06.038Link

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. Link

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.Link

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.xLink

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.2008.1860Link





Milben - acarian
Käfer - beetle
fighting Camponotus workers
fighting Camponotus workers

Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ant workers
Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ant workers

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