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Bert Hoelldobler

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University Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography

 

Bert Hölldobler is a sociobiologist and an evolutionary biologist who studies theevolution of social organization in insects. He and his research team explore the behavioral mechanisms that underlie communication and division of labor systems in ant societies. They also investigate how separate ant colonies communicate with one another in order to regulate territories.

The team approaches these studies with a broad comparative research strategy — studying several species that vary in genetic relation to find how their behavioral differences are linked to differences in genetics. They focus on multi-modal communication, including complex chemical signals, vibration, and touching.

Hölldobler also co-authored The Superorganism with Edward O. Wilson. This volume explores how insect societies can be viewed as superorganisms and what this implies for the theory of social evolution.

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To Fight or Not to Fight?
Publications
  • Bert Hölldobler and E.O. Wilson, The Superorganism, W.W. Norton, New York 2008
  • Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson, THE ANTS, Harvard University Press, (Cambridge MA, London UK), 1990, pp 732
  • Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson, JOURNEY TO THE ANTS, Harvard University Press, (Cambridge MA, London UK), 1994, pp 228 ( this book appeared in 13 languages)
  • R.Wirth, H. Herz, R. Reyel, W. Beyschlag, B. Hölldobler, HERBIVORY IN LEAF-CUTTING ANTS, Springer Verlag (Heidelberg, London, New York, Tokio), 2003, pp 230

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  • Adrian Smith, Berthold Hoelldobler, Juergen Liebig. Hydrocarbon Signals Explain the Pattern of Worker and Egg Policing in the Ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli. Journal of Chemical Ecology (2008).