Welcome to the Evolutionary and Ecological Entomology webpage.
|We are interested in the evolutionary ecology of reproduction, immunology and life histories of insects. Klaus Reinhardt focuses on sexual conflict, sperm ageing and how microbes affect variation in sperm cells, genitalia, mating behaviour and biomaterials. Jens Rolff is most interested in long-lasting immunity of insects and how this prevents microbial resistance and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in immunity. Mike Siva-Jothy concentrates on reproductive immunology and sexual conflict.
We are also members of the NSF Ecological Immunology network (www.ecoimmunology.org)
In the media
Bed bugs boom tracked with DNA fingerprinting (BBC online, July 2012)
Toby Fountain’s research presented VITAE public engagement competition 2011.
In the media
Hairy limbs keep bed bugs at bay (BBC online, 14th December 2011)
Resistant bed-bugs ‘from tropics’(BBC online, 12th December 2011)
Bed bugs protect their sperm from bacteria (BBC online, 30th August 2011)
Otti, O., Gantenbein-Ritter, I., Jacot, A., Brinkhof, M.W.G. Immune response increases predation risk, Evolution, in press
Reinhardt, K., Naylor, R. & Siva-Jothy, M. (2011) Male Mating Rate Is Constrained by Seminal Fluid Availability in Bedbugs, Cimex lectularius. PLoS ONE 6, e22082.(doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022082)
Pursall, ER, Rolff, J. (2011) Immune responses accelerate ageing: Proof-of-principle in an insect model. PLoS ONE 6, e19972. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019972)
Lazzaro B, Rolff, J. (2011) Danger, Microbes and Homeostasis. Science 332, 43-44.
Williams A, Antonovics J, Rolff, J. (2011) Dioecy, hermaphrodites and pathogen load in plants, Oikos, 120, 657–660. (doi:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19287.x)
Reinhardt, K., Naylor, R. & Siva-Jothy, M. T. (2009) Ejaculate components delay reproductive senescence while elevating female reproductive rate in an insect. PNAS, 106: 21743–21747.