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Evolutionary Animal Ecology - Prof. Dr. Sandra Steiger

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Taina ConradDr.

Taina Conrad

Research Associate

Phone: +49 921 55 2745
Fax: +49 921 55 2743
Room: NW I -
e-Mail: taina.conrad(at)uni-bayreuth.de

Communication in animals can be quite complex and is used in various different contexts such as foraging, mate choice or raising offspring. For us humans it can be difficult to understand those communication channels so very different from our own. That is probably the reason why, unitil recently, most research has focused on those communication channels we also use. However, a lot of times animals are able to exploit ways of communication entirely different from what we are used to. Vibrational communication is one of these types of communication which fascinates me deeply since so much is still unknown. I am also interested in chemical communication via allomones or kairomones, which subconsciously even affects us as humans. My current research focuses on the hand on acoustic/vibrational communication in burying beetles during brood care and its role in the evolution of family and on the other hand the vibration communication during the mating behavior of mason bees.

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