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Dr. Thomas Schmitt - Research group on chemical ecology and evolutionary biology

Uni- Freiburg

Dr. Thomas Schmitt

University Freiburg, Biology I
Hauptstr. 1
D-79104 Freiburg
Phone: ++49 / 761 / 203 - 2591
Fax: ++49 / 761 / 203 - 2544

Dr. Thomas Schmitt
The main focus of my research is the evolution of chemical communication in insects. Insects heavily rely on their olfactory senses within species to find mating partners, accept kin or maintain integrity in their social group (pheromones). Therefore, they use highly specific chemicals or compositions of chemicals which provide certain information on the identity and/or quality of a potential mate or kin. Little is known how sexual and natural selection leads to the use of these specific chemical signals by the sender. Between species, insects predominantly use chemicals to find and/or identify their resources (kairomones). It is not well understood how receiver’s perception is influenced by change of prey or specialization. My research group uses a variety of model organisms - mainly Hymenoptera and Coleoptera - to study how selection shapes the signal on the sender’s side and the specificity of the perception on the receiver’s side.


Xenia Steinbach Christin Wurmitzer   Mareike Wurdack  
Xenia Steinbach
Diploma/Master student
Christin Wurmitzer
Diploma/Master student
  Mareike Wurdack
PhD student

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