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  • Demandt, N., Bierbach, D., Kurvers, R.H., Krause, J., Kurtz, J. and Scharsack, J.P., 2021. Parasite infection impairs the shoaling behaviour of uninfected shoal members under predator attack. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 75(11), pp.1-13. DOI:
  • Gati, N.S., Altinok, O.A., Kumar, S., Ferrando, V.A., Kurtz, J., Quante, M., Ludwig, S. and Mellmann, A., 2021. Integrating Evolutionary Aspects into Dual-Use Discussion: The Cases of Influenza Virus and Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. DOI:
  • Anaya-Rojas, J. M., Bassar, R. D., Potter, T., Blanchette, A., Callahan, S., Framstead, N., Reznick, D., & Travis, J. 2021. The evolution of size-dependent competitive interactions promotes species coexistence. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90, 2704– 2717. DOI:
  • Moran, N.P., Caspers, B.A., Chakarov, N., Ernst, U.R., Fricke, C., Kurtz, J., Lilie, N.D., Lo, L.K., Müller, C., Takola, E. and Trimmer, P.C., 2021. Shifts between cooperation and antagonism driven by individual variation: A systematic synthesis review. Oikos. DOI:
  • Krüger, O., Anaya-Rojas, J., Caspers, B., Chakarov, N., Elliot-Graves, A., Fricke, C., Gadau, J., Gossmann, T., Hoffman, J., Kaiser, M.I. and Kaiser, S., Individualised niches: an integrative conceptual framework across behaviour, ecology, and evolution. DOI:
  • Vommaro, M.L., Kurtz, J. and Giglio, A., 2021. Morphological Characterisation of Haemocytes in the Mealworm Beetle Tenebrio molitor (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). Insects, 12(5), p.423. DOI:
  • Desjardins, E., Kurtz, J., Kranke, N., Lindeza, A. and Richter, S.H., 2021. Beyond Standardization: Improving External Validity and Reproducibility in Experimental Evolution. BioScience, 71(5), pp.543-552. DOI:
  • Lindeza, A.S., Barth, K., Kurtz, J. and Zanchi, C., 2021. A Gene Knock-Down Approach in Tribolium castaneum to Study Survival and Priming Towards Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionis. DOI: 10.20944/preprints202101.0531.v2
  • Trappes, R., Nematipour, B., Kaiser, M.I., Krohs, U., van Benthem, K.J., Ernst, U., Gadau, J., Korsten, P., Kurtz, J., Schielzeth, H. and Schmoll, T., 2021. How Individualized Niches Arise: Mechanisms of Niche Construction, Niche Choice, and Niche Conformance. DOI:
  • Warren, W.C., Boggs, T.E., Borowsky, R., Carlson, B.M.,.. Peuß R., et al. 2021. A chromosome-level genome of Astyanax mexicanus surface fish for comparing population-specific genetic differences contributing to trait evolution. Nature communications, 12(1), pp.1-12. DOI:
  • Lo, L.K., Reshma, R., Tewes, L.J., Milutinović, B., Müller, C. and Kurtz, J., 2021. Immune stimulation alters chemical profiles of Tribolium castaneum. bioRxiv. DOI:
  • Zanchi, C., Lo, L.K., Reshma, R., Moritz, I., Kurtz, J. and Müller, C., 2021. Survival of the Sawfly Athalia rosae Upon Infection by an Entomopathogenic Fungus and in Relation to Clerodanoid Uptake. Frontiers in physiology, 12. DOI:
  • Xiong, S., Wang, W., Kenzior, A., Olsen, L., Krishnan, J., Persons, J., Medley, K., Peuss, R., Wang, Y., Chen, S. and Zhang, N., 2021. Enhanced lipogenesis through Pparγ helps cavefish adapt to food scarcity. bioRxiv. DOI:
  • Schröder, N.C., Korša, A., Wami, H., Dobrindt, U. and Kurtz, J., 2021. Serial passage of the human probiotic E. coli Nissle 1917 in an insect host leads to changed bacterial phenotypes. bioRxiv. DOI:
  • Scharsack, J.P., Wieczorek, B., Schmidt‐Drewello, A., Büscher, J., Franke, F., Moore, A., Branca, A., Witten, A., Stoll, M., Bornberg‐Bauer, E. and Wicke, S., 2021. Climate change facilitates a parasite’s host exploitation via temperature‐mediated immunometabolic processes. Global Change Biology, 27(1), pp.94-107. DOI:
  • Schulz, N.K., Diddens-de Buhr, M.F. and Kurtz, J., 2021. Paternal knockdown of tRNA (cytosine-5-)-methyltransferase (Dnmt2) increases offspring susceptibility to infection in flour beetles. bioRxiv, p.422063. DOI:
  • Medley, J.K., Persons, J., Biswas, T., Olsen, L., Peuß, R., Krishnan, J., Xiong, S. and Rohner, N., 2021. Resilience in a Natural Model of Metabolic Dysfunction Through Changes in Longevity and Ageing-Related Metabolites. bioRxiv, pp.2020-10. DOI:


  • Franke, F., Armitage, S.A., Kutzer, M.A., Kurtz, J. and Scharsack, J.P., 2020. How temperature influences the fitness of fish and their tapeworm parasites. DOI:
  • Leal, M.C., Anaya-Rojas, J.M., Munro, M.H., Blunt, J.W., Melian, C.J., Calado, R. and Lürig, M.D., 2020. Fifty years of capacity building in the search for new marine natural products. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(39), pp.24165-24172. DOI:
  • Demandt, N., Praetz, M., Kurvers, R.H., Krause, J., Kurtz, J. and Scharsack, J.P., 2020. Parasite infection disrupts escape behaviours in fish shoals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1938), p.20201158. DOI:
  • Zanchi, C., Lindeza, A.S. and Kurtz, J., 2020. Comparative Mortality and Adaptation of a Smurf Assay in Two Species of Tenebrionid Beetles Exposed to Bacillus thuringiensis. Insects, 11(4), p.261. DOI:
  • Ng, T.H. and Kurtz, J., 2020. Dscam in immunity: a question of diversity in insects and crustaceans. Developmental & Comparative Immunology, 105, p.103539. DOI:



  • Demandt N, Saus B, Kurvers RHJM, Krause J, Kurtz J, Scharsack JP. 2018. ‘Parasite-infected sticklebacks increase the risk-taking behaviour of uninfected group members.’ PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 285, No. 1881. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0956.
  • Kutzer MAM, Kurtz J, Armitage SAO. 2018. ‘Genotype and diet affect resistance, survival, and fecundity but not fecundity tolerance.’ JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY 31, No. 1: 159-171. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13211.
  • Rahn AK, Vitt S, Drolshagen L, Scharsack JP, Rick IP, Bakker TCM. 2018. ‘Parasitic infection of the eye lens affects shoaling preferences in three-spined stickleback.’ Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 123, No. 2: 377-387. doi: 10.1093/biolinnean/blx155.
  • Schulz NKE, Diddens-de Buhr MF, Kurtz J. 2018. ‘Paternal knockdown of Dnmt2 increases offspring susceptibility to bacterial infection.’ bioRxiv 2018: 422063.
  • Schulz NKE, Wagner CI, Ebeling J, Raddatz G, Diddens-de Buhr MF, Lyko F, Kurtz J. 2018. ‘Dnmt1 has an essential function despite the absence of CpG DNA methylation in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum.’ SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 8. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34701-3.
  • Wohlleben AM, Franke F, Hamley M, Kurtz J, Scharsack JP. 2018. ‘Early stages of infection of three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) with the cestode Schistocephalus solidus.’ JOURNAL OF FISH DISEASES 41, No. 11: 1701-1708. doi: 10.1111/jfd.12876.








  • Armitage SAO, Broch JF, Marín HF, Nash DR, Boomsma JJ. 2011. Immune defense in leaf-cutting ants: A cross-fostering approach.’ Evolution 65, No. 6: 1791-1799. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01241.x.
  • Boughton RK, Joop G, Armitage SAO. 2011. ‘Outdoor immunology: methodological considerations for ecologists.’ Functional Ecology 25, No. 1: 81-100. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2010.01817.x.
  • Armitage SAO, Broch J, Fernández Marín H, Nash DR & Boomsma JJ. 2011. ‘Immune defence in leaf-cutting ants: a cross-fostering approach.’ Evolution 65, No. 6: 1791-1799. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01241.x.
  • Samonte-Padilla IE, Eizaguirre C, Scharsack JP, Lenz TL, Milinski M. 2011. ‘Induction of gynogenesis in an evolutionary genomic supermodel, the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).’ BMC Developmental Biology 11: 55.
  • Roth O, Scharsack JP, Keller I, Reusch TBH. 2011. ‘Bateman’s principle and immunity in a sex-role reversed pipefish.’ Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1410-1420. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02273.x.
  • Kiron V, Puangkaew J, Panigrahi A, Scharsack JP, Satoh S. 2011. ‘Antioxidant and immune defenses of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) offered plant oils differing in fatty acid profiles from early stages.’  Aquaculture Nutrition 17: 130-140. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2095.2009.00715.x.