Evolution of division of labor in social insects

Susanne Foitzik

Positions held

  • Since 2010: Professor in Evolutionary Biology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  • 2004-2010: Professor in Behavioral Ecology, LMU Munich
  • 2000-2004: Scientific Assistant, University of Regensburg
  • 1998-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, USA


  • 1998: PhD in Biology, Julius Maximilians University Würzburg
  • 1995: Diploma in Biology, Julius Maximilians University Würzburg

Most relevant publications by Susanne Foitzik

Feldmeyer B, Mazur J, Beros S, Lerp H, Binder H and Foitzik S (2016). Gene expression patterns underlying parasite-induced alterations in host behaviour and life history. Mol Ecol, 25, 648–660

Jongepier E and Foitzik S (2016). Fitness Costs of Worker Specialisation for Ant Societies. Proc Biol Sci, 283, 1822

Pamminger T, Foitzik S, Kaufmann K, Schützler N and Menzel F (2014). Worker personality and its association with spatially structured division of labor. Plos One, 9, e79616

Feldmeyer B, Elsner D and Foitzik S (2014). Gene expression patterns associated with caste and reproductive status in ants: worker-specific genes are more derived than queen-specific ones. Mol Ecol, 23, 151-161. Featured in News and Views Article by S. Sumner: The importance of genomic novelty in social evolution. Mol Ecol, 23, 26-28

Modlmeier AP, Liebmann JA and Foitzik S (2012). Diverse societies are more productive: a lesson from ants. Proc Biol Sci, 279, 2142-2150

Modlmeier AP and Foitzik S (2011). Productivity increases with variation in aggression among group members in Temnothorax ants. Behavioral Ecology, 22, 1026-1032


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