KRAPF Patrick, PhD


Krapf Patrick


   University of Innsbruck
   Department of Ecology

   Research Group: Molecular Ecology

   Technikerstrasse 25
   A-6020 Innsbruck

   T +43 (0)512 507-51751
   F +43 (0)512 507-51799


The Tetramorium caespitum 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 mountain-mat habitats between 1300 and 2300 meters above sea level. Until now, only sparse information has been available on T. alpestre. During my PhD-thesis, I gained insight into its social organisation, its behaviour and what influences the behaviour, and its ecological niche. Currently, I am involved in a new project that aims at elucidating the genetic structure of T. alpestre by sequencing its transcriptome and genome.


Research Topics

  • Alpine endemism
  • Biogeography and faunistics
  • Genome and transcriptome biology
  • Life history
  • Myrmecology
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • (Sexual) behaviour
  • Social organisation


I am also interested in

  • Climate-change biology
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecological niche modelling
  • Experimental evolution

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