The principal goal of my research is to determine the genetic, genomic and epigenetic basis of complex traits and understand how these traits and its underlying genetic architecture evolves.
We are using social and solitary insects to understand the genetic basis and regulation of adaptive traits across multiple organizational levels from gene to colony and time frames from seconds (e.g. courtship behavior) to millions of years (e.g. species differences).
Research: We study the genetic architecture of adaptive traits and speciation in social and solitary hymenoptera (ants bees and wasps).
Teaching activities: Our teaching activities focus on Behavioral Ecology, Entomology, Evolution, Genomics and Populationbiology.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gadau is our group leader