Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Fabian Rüdenauer

PhD - Student

E-Mail: fabian.ruedenauer@uni-wuerzburg.de

Telephone: +49 931 31-89642

Room C017
University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter -  Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research Interests
  • Nutritional Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Neuroethology


My main research interest is based on what influences resource quality and how resource quality itself is assessed by consumers.

To adress these questions I mainly work with bees, mainly bumblebees, which are able to differentiate between different food qualities and use this ability while foraging.

The main focus of my current work is:

  • Electrophysiological and behavioral experiments to find out which nutrients can be received and perceived by bees
  • Feeding assays to determine the influences of these nutrients on colony performance and quality assessment
  • Finding drivers of the differences in pollen nutrient composition between species
  • Biochemical analyses of pollen
Projects

How do bumblebees respond to and regulate food quality? (DFG Project)

Principal investigator: Sara Leonhardt

For details on the project see the page of Sara Leonhardt

In collaboration with: Johannes Spaethe

Curriculum Vitae
  • 11/2016-present: PhD student, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg
  • 10/2014-09/2016 Master of Science in Biology, University of Würzburg

  • 10/2011-09/2014 Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Würzburg
Publications

Ruedenauer FA, Leonhardt SD, Schmalz F, Rössler W, Strube-Bloss MF (2017) Separation of different pollen types by chemotactile sensing in Bombus terrestris. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 1435-1442. doi:10.1242/jeb.153122

Ruedenauer FA, Spaethe J, Leonhardt SD (2016) Hungry for quality—individual bumblebees forage flexibly to collect high-quality pollen. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70:1209–1217. doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2129-8

Ruedenauer FA, Spaethe J, Leonhardt SD (2015) How to know which food is good for you: bumblebees use taste to discriminate between different concentrations of food differing in nutrient content. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 2233-2240. doi:10.1242/jeb.118554

Kontakt

Lehrstuhl für Zoologie III (Tierökologie)
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Tel.: +49 931 31-84350
Fax: +49 931 31-84352
E-Mail

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