KRAPF Patrick MSc


Patrick Krapf

University of Innsbruck
Department of Ecology

Research Group: Molecular Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25
A-6020 Innsbruck

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The Tetramorium caespitum / impurum ant complex is distributed throughout the Western Palearctic region and consists of two long known and several recently described cryptic species. One of these recently described species is Tetramorium alpestre,which can mainly be found in alpine-mat habitats between 1300 and 2300 meters above sea level. Until now, only sparse information has been available on T. alpestre, and during my PhD-thesis, we will gain insight into its social organisation and behaviour, its ecological niche, and its population structure. To obtain further information, we will conduct various laboratory experiments involving worker encounters, investigate potential new locations identified via ecological niche modelling, and genotype microsatellites by using established and novel primers. In a second step, we aim at elucidating the genetic structure of T. alpestre by sequencing its transcriptome and genome.

Research Topics

  • Alpine endemism
  • Biogeography and faunistics
  • Population genetics
  • (Sexual) behaviour
  • Social organisation
  • Species delimitation

I am also interested in

  • Climate-change biology
  • Experimental evolution

Working title PhD thesis

Population genetics, social organisation, and genomics in Tetramorium ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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