Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III)

Welcome to the website of the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III). Our department is part of the Biocenter at the University of Würzburg and comprises three professorships and about 60 staff members. The involved working groups cover major areas of animal ecology in research and teaching. The main emphasis is on biodiversity research, ecosystem functioning, global change, tropical ecology and evolutionary ecology. Teaching and research takes place at the Campus "Am Hubland", at the Ecological Field Station Fabrikschleichach, and in the field.

Many thanks for your interest and enjoy reading!

Classen A, Steffan-Dewenter I, Kindeketa WJ, Peters MK (2017) Integrating intraspecific variation in community ecology unifies theories on body size shifts along climatic gradients. Functional Ecology 31: 768–777.

Dainese M, Montecchiari S, Sitzia T, Sigura M, Marini L (2017) High cover of hedgerows in the landscape supports multiple ecosystem services in Mediterranean cereal fields. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 380-388.

Fuchs B, Krischke M, Mueller MJ, Krauss J (2017) Herbivore-specific induction of defence metabolites in a grass–endophyte association. Functional Ecology 31: 318–324.

Fuchs B, Breuer T, Findling S, Krischke M, Mueller MJ,  Holzschuh A, Krauss J (2017) Enhanced aphid abundance in spring desynchronizes predator–prey and plant–microorganism interactions. Oecologia 183: 469–478.

Kaiser D, Konaté S, Linsenmair KE (2017) Ecosystem services of termites (Blattoidea: Termitoidae) in the traditional soil restoration and cropping system Zaï in northern Burkina Faso (West Africa). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 236: 198-211.

Wildbienen sind wichtige Bestäuber vieler Nutzpflanzen – mitunter effektivere als Honigbienen. Ihre Zahl lässt sich mit einfachen Mitteln nachhaltig erhöhen. Das zeigt eine aktuelle Studie an der Universität Würzburg.


Head of Department of Zoology III:
Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

- Pic:Steffan-Dewenter

Head of Ecological Field Station:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller

Head of Chemical Ecology Research Group:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitt


Chair of Zoology III (Animal Ecology)
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Phone: +49 931 31-84350
Fax: +49 931 31-84352

Find Contact

Hubland Süd, Geb. B1 Hubland Nord, Geb. 32 Julius-von-Sachs-Platz 2 Fabrikschleichach Hubland Süd, Geb. B3 Campus Medizin