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Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Integrative behavioral sciences: Neuroethology – Behavioral Ecology – Evolution

Understanding the foundations of behavior is the central focus of research at the department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology (Zoology II).  Insects express a fascinating behavioral repertoire and are of outstanding ecological importance. Behavior determines interactions of organisms with their environment and is the “final product” of a complex interplay between endogenous and exogenous factors. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying behavior by using an integrative approach – from the molecular, sensory and neuronal mechanisms to the function of ecological and social interactions up to their evolutionary foundations. Research groups at the department focus on different aspects of the behavioral sciences, they apply state of the art techniques and strive for close interactions between research and teaching. Interactions with other groups in the collaborative research focus on insect sciences at the Biocenter and across the University of Würzburg create an innovative, interdisciplinary and highly productive research and training environment.

Research groups

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) mirroring on water surface

el Jundi lab - Animal navigation


Dr. Basil el Jundi

Room: D113
Tel: +49 931 31-88567
basil.el-jundi@uni-wuerzburg.de

Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) flies mit extended tongue towards a plantain flower (Plantago)

Spaethe lab - Sensory ecology


PD Dr. Joahnnes Spaethe

Room: D111
Tel: +49 931 31-83408
johannes.spaethe@uni-wuerzburg.de

Foraging leaf cutting ants carrying leaf fragments through a long acrylic glas tunnel

Roces lab - Behavioral ecology


Prof. Dr. Flavio Roces

Room: D120
Tel: +49 931 31-84311
roces@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

Correlativ light- and electron-microscopic image of mushroom body calyx tissue

Rössler lab - Neuroethology of social behavior


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rössler

Room: D116
Tel: +49 931 31-84306
roessler@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

Pollen-collecting honeybee attempts landing on a cherry blossom

Scheiner lab - Behavioral biology of the honeybee


Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner

Room: D127
Tel: +49 931 31-84745
ricarda.scheiner@uni-wuerzburg.de

Image compostion of a honeybee and a spike train from a intracellular recording

Pfeiffer lab - Neuroethology of spatial orientation


Prof. Dr. Keram Pfeiffer

Room: D136
Tel: +49 931 31-88510
keram.pfeiffer@uni-wuerzburg.de

Electrophysiological setups using multimodal stimulations

Strube-Bloss lab - Multimodal integration


Dr. Martin Strube-Bloss

Room: D141
Tel: +49 931 31-80732
martin.strube-bloss@uni-wuerzburg.de


Central facilities

Eclosing honeybee emerging with its head and antennae from a brood comb

Bee station


Bienenstation der Universität Würzburg

Theodor-Boveri-Weg 6
97074 Würzburg

Ants (Camponotus) with color labels on thorax and abdomen

Ant facility


Ameisenhaltung (Zoologie II)

Biozentrum
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

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Chair of Zoology II
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 31-84307
Fax: +49 931 31-84309
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