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Prof. Dr. Sandra Steiger

Prof. Dr. Sandra Steiger

Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften
Evolutionäre Tierökologie


Leiterin Evolutionäre Tierökologie

Forschungsinteressen:

  • Evolutionäre, Verhaltens- und chemische Ökologie von Insekten
  • Entwicklung und Ökologie von Familienleben und elterlicher Fürsorge
  • Kommunikations- und Erkennungsprozesse mit Schwerpunkt chemische Reize und Signale
  • Aasökologie
  • Wichtigster Modellorganismus: Käfer der Gattung Totengräber (Nicrophorus)

Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften
Evolutionäre Tierökologie


Ausgewählte Publikationen

2022

Madlen Prang, Lena Zywucki, Maximilian Körner, Sandra Steiger: Differences in sibling cooperation in presence and absence of parental care in a genus with interspecific variation in offspring dependence. In: Evolution, 76 (2022). - S. 320-331.
doi:10.1111/evo.14414

2020

Johanna Chemnitz, Christian von Hoermann, Manfred Ayasse, Sandra Steiger: The Impact of Environmental Factors on the Efficacy of Chemical Communication in the Burying Beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae). In: Journal of Insect Science, 20 (2020). - .
doi:10.1093/jisesa/ieaa061

Eva M. Keppner, Manfred Ayasse, Sandra Steiger: Contribution of males to brood care can compensate for their food consumption from a shared resource. In: Ecology and Evolution, 10 (2020). - S. 3535-3543.
doi:10.1002/ece3.6150

2019

Katharina C. Engel, Wenbe Hwang, Sandra Steiger: A pheromone that coordinates parental care is evolutionary conserved among burying beetles (Silphidae: Nicrophorus). In: Chemoecology, 29 (2019). - S. 1-9.
doi:10.1007/s00049-018-0271-7

Mamoru Takata, Yuki Mitaka, Sandra Steiger, Naoki Mori: A Parental Volatile Pheromone Triggers Offspring Begging in a Burying Beetle. In: iScience, 19 (2019). - S. 1260-1278.
doi:10.1016/j.isci.2019.06.041

2018

Alexandra Capodeanu-Nägler, Madlen Prang, Stephen T. Trumbo, Heiko Vogel, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Scott K. Sakaluk, Sandra Steiger: Offspring dependence on parental care and the role of parental transfer of oral fluids in burying beetles. In: Frontiers in Zoology, 15 (2018). - .
doi:10.1186/s12983-018-0278-5

Shantanu P. Shukla, Camila Plata, Michael Reichelt, Sandra Steiger, David G. Heckel, Martin Kaltenpoth, Andreas Vilcinskas, Heiko Vogel: Microbiome-assisted carrion preservation aids larval development in a burying beetle. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115 (2018). - S. 11274-11279.
doi:10.1073/pnas.1812808115

Christian von Hoermann, Dennis Jauch, Carolin Kubotsch, Kirsten Reichel-Jung, Sandra Steiger, Manfred Ayasse: Effects of abiotic environmental factors and land use on the diversity of carrion-visiting silphid beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae): A large scale carrion study. In: PLoS One, 13 (2018). - .
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0196839

Joël Meunier, Sandra Steiger: Editorial overview : Beyond eusocial insects : studying the other social insects to better understand social evolution. In: Current Opinion in Insect Science, 28 (2018). - S. vi-viii.
doi:10.1016/j.cois.2018.07.002

Alexandra Capodeanu-Nägler, Elena Ruiz de la Torre, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Scott K. Sakaluk, Sandra Steiger: Divergent coevolutionary trajectories in parent–offspring interactions and discrimination against brood parasites revealed by interspecific cross-fostering. In: Royal Society Open Science, 5 (2018). - .
doi:10.1098/rsos.180189

Johanna Chemnitz, Ina S. Fujan, Carola Winkelmann, Sandra Steiger: Why are males more attractive after brood care? : Proximate causes of enhanced sex pheromone emission in a burying beetle. In: Physiological Entomology, 43 (2018). - S. 120-128.
doi:10.1111/phen.12236

Volker Nehring, Sandra Steiger: Sociality and communicative complexity : Insights from the other insect societies. In: Current Opinion in Insect Science, 28 (2018). - S. 19-25.
doi:10.1016/j.cois.2018.04.002

Sandra Steiger, Johannes Stökl: Pheromones Regulating Reproduction in Subsocial Beetles : Insights with References to Eusocial Insects. In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, 44 (2018). - S. 785-795.
doi:10.1007/s10886-018-0982-9

2017

Johanna Chemnitz, Nadiia Bagrii, Manfred Ayasse, Sandra Steiger: Variation in sex pheromone emission does not reflect immunocompetence but affects attractiveness of male burying beetles : a combination of laboratory and field experiments. In: The Science of Nature, 104 (2017). - .
doi:10.1007/s00114-017-1473-5

Johanna Chemnitz, Nadiia Bagrii, Manfred Ayasse, Sandra Steiger: Staying with the young enhances the fathers' attractiveness in burying beetles. In: Evolution, 71 (2017). - S. 985-994.
doi:10.1111/evo.13194

Alexandra Capodeanu-Nägler, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Heiko Vogel, Scott K. Sakaluk, Sandra Steiger: Species divergence in offspring begging and parental provisioning is linked to nutritional dependency. In: Behavioral Ecology, 29 (2017). - S. 42-50.
doi:10.1093/beheco/arx117

Sandra Steiger, Johannes Stökl: Pheromones involved in insect parental care and family life. In: Current Opinion in Insect Science, 24 (2017). - S. 89-95.
doi:10.1016/j.cois.2017.09.006

Javier Pascual, Christian von Hoermann, Ann-Marie Rottler-Hoermann, Omer Nevo, Alicia Geppert, Johannes Sikorski, Katharina J. Huber, Sandra Steiger, Manfred Ayasse, Jörg Overmann: Function of bacterial community dynamics in the formation of cadaveric semiochemicals during in situ carcass decomposition. In: Environmental Microbiology, 19 (2017). - S. 3310-3322.
doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13828

Johannes Stökl, Sandra Steiger: Evolutionary origin of insect pheromones. In: Current Opinion in Insect Science, 24 (2017). - S. 36-42.
doi:10.1016/j.cois.2017.09.004

Sandra Steiger: The evolution of parental care in burying beetles and its implication for insect biotechnology. In: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, 72 (2017). - .
doi:10.1515/znc-2017-0139

Heiko Vogel, Shantanu P. Shukla, Tobias Engl, Benjamin Weiss, Rico Fischer, Sandra Steiger, David G. Heckel, Martin Kaltenpoth, Andreas Vilcinskas: The digestive and defensive basis of carcass utilization by the burying beetle and its microbiota. In: Nature Communications, 8 (2017). - .
doi:10.1038/ncomms15186

E.M. Keppner, Madlen Prang, Katharina C. Engel, Manfred Ayasse, Johannes Stökl, Sandra Steiger: Beyond cuticular hydrocarbons : chemically mediated mate recognition in the subsocial burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43 (2017). - S. 84-93.
doi:10.1007/s10886-016-0806-8

Agnieszka B. Luzar, Rebecca Schweizer, Scott K. Sakaluk, Sandra Steiger: Access to a carcass, but not mating opportunities, influences paternal care in burying beetles. In: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71 (2017). - .
doi:10.1007/s00265-016-2232-x

2016

Chris G.C. Jacobs, Sandra Steiger, David G. Heckel, Natalie Wielsch, Aandreas Vilcinskas, Heiko Vogel: Sex, offspring and carcass determine antimicrobial peptide expression in the burying beetle. In: Scientific Reports, 6 (2016). - .
doi:10.1038/srep25409

Katharina C. Engel, Johannes Stökl, Rebecca Schweizer, Heiko Vogel, Manfred Ayasse, Joachim Ruther, Sandra Steiger: A hormone-related female anti-aphrodisiac signals temporary infertility and causes sexual abstinence to synchronize parental care. In: Nature Communications, 7 (2016). - .
doi:10.1038/ncomms11035

Alexandra Capodeanu-Nägler, Eva M. Keppner, Heiko Vogel, Manfred Ayasse, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Scott K. Sakaluk, Sandra Steiger: From facultative to obligatory parental care : Interspecific variation in offspring dependency on post-hatching care in burying beetles. In: Scientific Reports, 6 (2016). - .
doi:10.1038/srep29323

2015

Sergej Sperling, Stephan Kühbandner, Katharina C. Engel, Sandra Steiger, Johannes Stökl, Joachim Ruther: Size Exclusion High Performance Liquid Chromatography : Re-Discovery of a Rapid and Versatile Method for Clean-Up and Fractionation in Chemical Ecology. In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, 41 (2015). - S. 574-583.
doi:10.1007/s10886-015-0584-8

Sandra Steiger, Alexandra Capodeanu-Nägler, S.N. Gershman, C.B. Weddle, James Rapkin, Scott K. Sakaluk, J. Hunt: Female choice for male cuticular hydrocarbon profile in decorated crickets is not based on similarity to their own profile. In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28 (2015). - S. 2175-2186.
doi:10.1111/jeb.12740

Johanna Chemnitz, Petra C. Jentschke, Manfred Ayasse, Sandra Steiger: Beyond species recognition : somatic state affects long-distance sex pheromone communication. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282 (2015). - .
doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.0832

Katharina C. Engel, Lisa Männer, Manfred Ayasse, Sandra Steiger: Acceptance threshold theory can explain occurrence of homosexual behaviour. In: Biology Letters, 11 (2015). - .
doi:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0603

2014

Katharina C. Engel, Christian von Hoermann, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Josef K. Müller, Sandra Steiger: When males stop having sex : adaptive insect mating tactics during parental care. In: Animal Behaviour, 90 (2014). - S. 245-253.
doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.02.006

Martin Kaltenpoth, Sandra Steiger: Unearthing carrion beetles' microbiome : characterization of bacterial and fungal hindgut communities across the Silphidae. In: Molecular Ecology, 23 (2014). - S. 1251-1267.
doi:10.1111/mec.12469

Alexandra Capodeanu-Nägler, James Rapkin, Scott K. Sakaluk, John Hunt, Sandra Steiger: Self-recognition in crickets via on-line processing. In: Current Biology, 24 (2014). - .
doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.10.050

Sandra Steiger, Johannes Stökl: The role of sexual selection in the evolution of chemical signals in insects. In: Insects, 5 (2014). - S. 423-438.
doi:10.3390/insects5020423

Wolf Haberer, Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller: Dynamic changes in volatile emissions of breeding burying beetles. In: Physiological Entomology, 39 (2014). - S. 153-164.
doi:10.1111/phen.12059

2013

Christian von Hoermann, Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller, Manfred Ayasse: Too Fresh Is Unattractive! : The Attraction of Newly Emerged Nicrophorus vespilloides Females to Odour Bouquets of Large Cadavers at Various Stages of Decomposition. In: PLoS One, 8 (2013). - .
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058524

Sandra Steiger, Geoffrey D. Ower, Johannes Stökl, Christopher Mitchell, John Hunt, Scott K. Sakaluk: Sexual selection on cuticular hydrocarbons of male sagebrush crickets in the wild. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (2013). - .
doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.2353

Geoffrey D. Ower, Kevin A. Judge, Sandra Steiger, Kyle J. Caron, Rebecca A. Smith, John Hunt, Scott K. Sakaluk: Multivariate sexual selection on male song structure in wild populations of sagebrush crickets, Cyphoderris strepitans (Orthoptera: Haglidae). In: Ecology and Evolution, 3 (2013). - S. 3590-3603.
doi:10.1002/ece3.736

Carie B. Weddle, Sandra Steiger, Christopher G. Hamaker, Geoffrey D. Ower, Christopher Mitchell, Scott K. Sakaluk, John Hunt: Cuticular hydrocarbons as a basis for chemosensory self-referencing in crickets : a potentially universal mechanism facilitating polyandry in insects. In: Ecology Letters, 16 (2013). - S. 346-353.
doi:10.1111/ele.12046

Sandra Steiger: Bigger mothers are better mothers : Disentangling size-related prenatal and postnatal maternal effects. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (2013). - .
doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.1225

2012

Sandra Steiger: New Synthesis - Visual and Chemical Ornaments : What Researchers of Different Signal Modalities Can Learn from Each Other. In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, 38 (2012). - S. 1.
doi:10.1007/s10886-012-0058-1

Sandra Steiger, Tobias Meier, Josef K. Müller: Fitness costs associated with chemical signaling. In: Communicative & Integrative Biology, 5 (2012). - S. 57-60.
doi:10.4161/cib.17988

Sandra Steiger, Susan N. Gershman, Adam M. Pettinger, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Scott K. Sakaluk: Dominance status and sex influence nutritional state and immunity in burying beetles Nicrophorus orbicollis. In: Behavioral Ecology, 23 (2012). - S. 1126-1132.
doi:10.1093/beheco/ars082

2011

Sandra Steiger, Wolf Haberer, Josef K. Müller: Social environment determines degree of chemical signalling. In: Biology Letters, 7 (2011). - S. 822-824.
doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0457

Sandra Steiger, Susan N. Gershman, Adam M. Pettinger, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Scott K. Sakaluk: Sex differences in immunity and rapid upregulation of immune defence during parental care in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis. In: Functional Ecology, 25 (2011). - S. 1368-1378.
doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01895.x

Sandra Steiger, Thomas Schmitt, H. Martin Schaefer: The origin and dynamic evolution of chemical information transfer. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278 (2011). - S. 970-979.
doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2285

Adam M. Pettinger, Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller, Scott K. Sakaluk, Anne-Katrin Eggert: Dominance status and carcass availability affect the outcome of sperm competition in burying beetles. In: Behavioral Ecology, 22 (2011). - S. 1079-1087.
doi:10.1093/beheco/arr093

2010

Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller: From class-specific to individual discrimination : acceptance threshold changes with risk in the partner recognition system of the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. In: Animal Behaviour, 80 (2010). - S. 607-613.
doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.06.018

Wolf Haberer, Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller: (E)-Methylgeranate, a chemical signal of juvenile hormone titre and its role in the partner recognition system of burying beetles. In: Animal Behaviour, 79 (2010). - S. 17-24.
doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.09.019

2009

Sandra Steiger, Sonia Whitlow, Klaus Peschke, Josef K. Müller: Surface Chemicals Inform about Sex and Breeding Status in the Biparental Burying Beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. In: Ethology, 115 (2009). - S. 178-185.
doi:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2008.01600.x

2008

Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller: "True" and "untrue" individual recognition : suggestion of a less restrictive definition. In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23 (2008). - S. 355.
doi:10.1016/j.tree.2008.01.014

Sandra Steiger, Klaus Peschke, Josef K. Müller: Correlated changes in breeding status and polyunsaturated cuticular hydrocarbons : the chemical basis of nestmate recognition in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides?. In: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 62 (2008). - S. 1053-1060.
doi:10.1007/s00265-007-0532-x

Sandra Steiger, Ragna Franz, Anne-Katrin Eggert, Josef K. Müller: The Coolidge effect, individual recognition and selection for distinctive cuticular signatures in a burying beetle. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275 (2008). - S. 1831-1838.
doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.0375

Per T. Smiseth, Wenbe B. Hwang, Sandra Steiger, Josef K. Müller: Adaptive consequences and heritable basis of asynchronous hatching in Nicrophorus vespilloides. In: Oikos, 117 (2008). - S. 899-907.
doi:10.1111/j.0030-1299.2008.16473.x

2007

Sandra Steiger, Klaus Peschke, Wittko Francke, Josef K. Müller: The smell of parents : breeding status influences cuticular hydrocarbon pattern in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274 (2007). - S. 2211-2220.
doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.0656

Sandra Steiger, Katja Richter, Josef K. Müller, Anne-Katrin Eggert: Maternal nutritional condition and genetic differentiation affect brood size and offspring body size in Nicrophorus. In: Zoology, 110 (2007). - S. 360-368.
doi:10.1016/j.zool.2007.06.001

Fakultät für Biologie, Chemie und Geowissenschaften
Evolutionäre Tierökologie


Prof. Dr. Sandra Steiger

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