Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Jens Joschinski


Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-82922
Fax:             +49 (0)931 31-84352
e-Mail: jens.joschinski@uni-wuerzburg.de
Twitter: @JensJoschi
Room C046

University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter - Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research Interests


  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior

  • Climate change, phenology shifts and the interaction with:
    • Photoperiodism (day length measurements)
    • Diurnal rhythms
    • Circadian clocks

  • Life history theory
    • Bet-hedging
    • Phenotypic plasticity
    • Mating system evolution

  • Entomology
    • Aphids

SFB 1047 : "Insect timing: Mechanisms, plasticity and interactions"

Subproject C3 (Jochen Krauss): Timing and phenology shifts in interacting plant-herbivore-predator systems

Common responses to climate change are shifts in the phenology (seasonal timing) and northward range expansion. Both scenarios cause organisms to experience novel day length : temperature correlations. I study how animals cope with the novel time budget.

I first studied day length constraints in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, which generally produces eggs to overwinter and thus does normally not experience short day conditions. Some lines have, however, lost the seasonal response, and I used such a permanently asexual (anholocyclic) line to study fitness constraints of short days without inducing phenotypic change.

I then hypothesized that constraints under shorter days are caused by the diurnal niche, i.e. , a day - active animal has less time available under short days. Hence I studied the diurnal rhythm of aphids on artificial diets, independently of a host plant, and showed that aphids are day-active.

Ultimately I want to study the circadian clock of Acyrthosiphon pisum, which is a molecular mechanism that tracks time. A. pisum is not only a model for phenotypic plasticity, but aphids are also classical models for the link of circadian clocks and phenology. However, getting a suitable readout of activity is not trivial, because aphids do not move much. By improving the artificial diet and adding a food colourant I am now able to monitor feeding activity.

Bet-hedging strategies of multivoltine species

Temperate species need to time diapause or egg production with the onset of winter. The onset of winter is, however, not perfectly predictable, so phenotypic plasticity (which relies on predictive cues) is not a sufficient strategy. It may be a better strategy to spread one's risk among their offspring, either by letting some offspring disperse to other habitats, or by varying the timing of diapause. I plan to model the joint evolution of dispersal and diapause in multivoltine species, and later validate the models with an empirical study.


Curriculum Vitae


2017 Research fellowship, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Würzburg (Germany)

2013 - 2017 PhD, SFB 1047 "Insect Timing", Würzburg, Germany. Is the phenology of pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum) constrained by diurnal rhythms?

2010 - 2012 Msc Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany. Do selfers differ from outcrossers in growth and resistance to caterpillars?

2009 - 2010 Chinese courses at 同济大学 (Tongji University), Shanghai, China.

2006 - 2009 Bsc Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany. Allelochemical Interactions among Myriophyllum spicatum and bacteria

Reviewer activities

Insect Science

Insect Conservation and Diversity

Grants / fellowships

Apr 2017: Graduate School of Life Sciences Würzburg (GSLS) Career development fellowship

Nov 2015: GSLS travel fellowship, 500€

Dec 2015: GSLS travel fellowship, 500€

Sep 2016: GSLS travel fellowship, 500€


Joschinski J, Krauss, J. (2016). Coloured artificial diets: Their use in circadian clock research and beyond. Royal Entomological Society Annual National Science Meeting (Ento '16), Newport (Shropshire), United Kingdom. (talk)

Joschinski J, Krauss, J. (2015). Climate change and phenology shifts: does a changing time budget constrain aphids? British Ecological Society annual meeting 2015, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (talk)

Joschinski J, Krauss, J. (2015). Day length constraints and diurnal activity of the pea aphid. Joint meeting of the French Aphid Research Network and the Aphid Special Interest Group of the Royal Entomological Society, Paris, France. (talk)

Joschinski J, Hovestadt T, Krauss, J. (2015). Do phenology shifts cause day length constraints in aphids? Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 45th Annual Meeting, Göttingen, Germany (talk)


Joschinski J, Kiess T, Krauss J. Day length constrains the time budget of aphid predators. Insect Science. Accepted article. 

Joschinski J, Krauss J. An improved artificial aphid diet: Food colouring as new possibility to study aphid feeding. Entomologia Experimentalis et applicata. Accepted article.

Joschinski J, Beer K, Helfrich-Förster C, Krauss J. (2016) Pea aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) have diurnal rhythms when raised independently of a host plant. Journal of Insect Science, 16 (31): 1-5. dx.doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/iew013

Joschinski J, Hovestadt T, Krauss J. (2015) Coping with shorter days: do phenology shifts constrain aphid fitness? PeerJ 3:e1103.dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1103

Joschinski J, van Kleunen M, Stift M. (2015) Costs associated with the evolution of selfing in North American populations of Arabidopsis lyrata? Evolutionary Ecology 29: 749-764. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10682-015-9786-3

Joschinski J. (2016) Benefits and costs of aphid phenological bet-hedging strategies. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2: e9580. https://dx.doi.org/10.3897/rio.2.e9580. [PostDoc Project Plan, not peer-reviewed]


Lehrstuhl für Zoologie III (Tierökologie)
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

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