Barbara Holzer

Research Interests | Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

In several ant species an extraordinary social organization called unicoloniality exists whereby workers mix freely between neighbouring nests without eliciting aggression. My research focuses on the unicolonial wood ant Formica paralugubris. I am especially interested in kin discrimination processes and how cooperation and conflicts are balanced in societies with low relatedness. My work combines field and lab experiments, behavioural observations and molecular analyses.


Curriculum Vitae

Born on January 15th, 1975 in Bern, Switzerland

2002 - present
PhD, University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution.
Supervisor: Dr. Michel Chapuisat and Prof. Laurent Keller

2000 - 2001
MSc in Biology, University of Bern, Instiute of Zoology, Division of Evolutionary Biology
Supervisor: Dr. Martin W. G. Brinkhof & Prof. Heinz Richner

1996 - 1999
BSc in Biology, University of Bern, Institute of Zoology


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Currently Research Associate at Disetronic Medical Systems AG, Burgdorf, Swizterland