ALS Victoria, MSc


Victoria Als

University of Innsbruck
Department of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25      (Room 514)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51756
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I have long been fascinated by symbioses and the mechanisms underlying these multifaceted interactions. After also finding a passion for ants while working on my Master’s thesis, where I investigated the foraging behavior and social structure of the Australian bull ant Myrmecia nigriceps, I am happy to ultimately combine these interests of mine for my PhD project.

Currently, I am investigating ant-fungi mutualism in the ant Lasius fuliginosus. This species builds nests in hollow trees by constructing a cardboard-like nest structure, which is stabilized by nourishing fungi with a mixture of shredded wood and honeydew.

In my PhD project, I will conduct various assays and analyses on the microbiome and the symbiotic interactions of L. fuliginosus and their fungi.


Research Topics:

  • Ecology and evolution of symbioses
  • Myrmecology
  • Population genetics and genomics

Other interests:

  • Botany


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