Group Leader, Department of Biology and the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, University of Konstanz, Insect neuroscience group
Faculty member of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)
My research focuses on understanding relations between insect sensory perception and action. As main model organisms, we use cockroaches and migratory locusts. The former renowned for their speed and agility, crucial features for their evolutionary success, while the latter for their extreme phenotypic plasticity, mass migrations and immense agricultural and ecological importance.
In different projects we study the neural mechanisms via which insects sample their environment (focusing on olfactory and tactile cues), make movement decisions and execute them.