Carmen A. Nebauer, M. Sc.

Research Department Life Science Systems
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85354 Freising-Weihenstephan

Room: 1.2.EG.7

Phone: +49 (0) 8161 71-4236







Research interests
  • Perception in Bees
  • Pesticides and Pollinators
  • Ecological Nutrition


The objective of my PhD is to understand if pollinators are able to perceive pesticides, their influences and whether dietary changes can alleviate the effects of said pesticides under different climate scenarios. Therefore, I will examine what exactly pollinators can perceive (if they can at all) in pesticides and how that might influence their development and further how climate change affects it all. Next, I will study the effect of dietary manipulation on pollinators which are already under pesticide stress. 


11/2021 - present

PhD student Professorship for Plant-Insect-Interactions and Chair of Restoration Ecology, Technical University of Munich



04/2019 - 07/2021

M.Sc. Biology, University of Würzburg


Master Thesis at the Chair of Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology:
Sterol perception in the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris

04/2020 - 08/2021 

Student assistant at the Chair of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg 

07/2016 - 02/2020

Student assistant at the Chair of Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology, University of Würzburg




10/2014 – 03/2019

B.Sc. Biology, University of Würzburg


Bachelor Thesis at the Chair of Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology: Differences between visual and olfactory learning in Bombus terrestris


Ruedenauer, F. A., Biewer, N. W., Nebauer, C. A., Scheiner, M., Spaethe, J., & Leonhardt, S. D. (2021). Honey bees can taste amino and fatty acids in pollen, but not sterols. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9, 684175.

Nebauer, C. A.Schleifer, M. C.Ruedenauer, F. A.Leonhardt, S. D., and Spaethe, J.2023Perception, regulation, and fitness effects of pollen phytosterols in the bumble bee, Bombus terrestrisAmerican Journal of Botany e16165.