Victoria Als, MSc
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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.
Ecology and evolution of symbioses
Population genetics and genomics