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Dr. Anne-Katrin Eggert

Research Professor
  • animal behavior
  • I am interested in the behavioral ecology of insect reproduction, specifically the evolution of parental care, communal breeding, and male mating behavior.
  • Ph D Biology - 1990
  • Bielefeld University
  • Bielefeld, Germany
  • MS Biology - 1986
  • Bielefeld University
  • Bielefeld, Germany
  • Schedwill, P., Eggert, A.-K. and J.K. Müller. in press. How burying beetles spread their seed: The Coolidge effect in real life. Zoologischer Anzeiger.
  • Capodeanu-Nägler, A., Eggert, A.-K., Vogel, H., Sakaluk, S.K. and S. Steiger. 2018. Species divergence in offspring begging and parental provisioning is linked to nutritional dependency of larval burying beetles. Behavioral Ecology 29: 42-50.
  • Haberer, W.. Schmitt, T., Schreier, P., Eggert, A.-K., and J. K. Müller. 2017. Volatiles emitted by calling males of burying beetles and Ptomascopus morio (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae) are biogenetically related. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 43: 971-977.
  • Capodeanu-Nägler, A., Keppner, E.M., Vogel, H., Ayasse, M., Eggert, A.-K., Sakaluk, S.K. and S. Steiger. 2016. From facultative to obligatory parental care: Interspecific variation in offspring dependency on post-hatching care in burying beetles. Scientific Reports 6:29323.
  • Mulrey, T.E.P., Eggert, A.-K. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2015. Switching tactics: phenotypic plasticity in the alternative mate-finding tactics of burying beetles. Animal Behaviour 108: 175-182.
  • Eggert, A.-K. 2014. Cooperative breeding in insects and vertebrates. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology (Ed. J. Losos). New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199941728/obo-9780199941728-0024.xml
  • Engel, K.C., von Hoermann, C., Eggert, A.-K., Müller, J.K. and S. Steiger. 2014. When males stop having sex: adaptive insect mating tactics during parental care. Animal Behaviour 90: 245-253.
  • Steiger, S., Gershman, S.N., Pettinger, A.M., Eggert, A.-K. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2012. Dominance status and sex influence nutritional state and immunity in burying beetles Nicrophorus orbicollis. Behavioral Ecology 23: 1126-1132.
  • Pettinger, A.M., Steiger, S., Müller, J.K., Sakaluk, S.K. and A.K. Eggert. 2011. Dominance status and carcass availability affect the outcome of sperm competition in burying beetles. Behavioral Ecology 22: 1079-1087.
  • Steiger, S., Gershman, S.N., Pettinger, A.M., Eggert, A.-K. and S.K. Sakaluk. 2011. Sex differences in immunity and rapid upregulation of immune defence during parental care in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis. Functional Ecology 25: 1368-1378.
  • Eggert, A.-K. and J.K. Müller. 2011. Timing of oviposition enables dominant female burying beetles to destroy brood parasitic young. Animal Behaviour 82: 1227-1233.
  • Müller, J.K. and A.-K. Eggert. 2010. Fortpflanzungsverhalten. In: Lehrbuch der Entomologie. Teil 1 (K. Dettner & W. Peters, eds.). Spektrum Academischer Verlag, Heidelberg. pp. 437-463.