About the group

Research interests

  • Chemical Ecology
  • Nutritional Ecology
  • Tropical Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology

No living being survives without food and shelter. The struggle for resource acquisition has thus shaped most biotic interactions. Plant-insect interactions, both antagonistic and mutualistic ones, frequently (if not always) involve resource allocation on (at least) the insect's site. They have led (and still lead to) partly remarkably complex co-evolutionary adaptations which shape the ecology and life history traits of plants and insects alike. We are interested in the mechanisms by which insects exploit resources and how resources influence their (chemical) ecology, sensory adaptations, behavior, fitness and diversity. Our projects span the full range from basic to applied science.