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Education

From Mar 2016 on: Post-doc at the TU Darmstadt; host N. Bluethgen

Feb 2013-Feb 2016:
Post-doc at the Rockefeller University, NYC; host D. Kronauer

Oct 2012-Jan 2013: Scientific assistant at the LMU Munich; host V. Witte

Aug 2012-Sep 2012:
Child care

May 2012-Jul 2012:
Temporary employed biology teacher at the Otto-von Taube Gymnasium, Gauting (Bavaria)
 
Okt 2007-Feb 2012: PhD thesis at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in Behavioral Ecology about the topic: "Social integration of macroparasites in ant societies: ultimate and proximate mechanisms"; supervisor V. Witte

Feb 2007: Diploma in Biology at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg. Diploma thesis: "Multiroute memories in the Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti."; supervisor R. Wehner; Subjects: Zoology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology


Award

Winner of the ‘Plant, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Research’ award of Biomed Central 2011.


Grants and scholarships

  • 3-year DFG project with own position
  • DFG return scholarship (6-month DFG Rückkehrstipendium)
  • DFG scholarship for a two-year post-doc position in New York (Forschungsstipendium)
  • Grant of the 'National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration'
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Postdoctoral Fellowship (1 year fellowship)
Declined grants:  - PhD scholarship by the 'Volkswagen Stiftung' (Februar 2008)
                                             - Post-doc scholarship by 'The German Academic Exchange Service'(DAAD;Oct 2012)


Talks 

  • von Beeren C. (2017). Infection of army ant pupae by parasitoid mites. Central European Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI),  Schöntal Abbey, Germany
  • von Beeren C. (2017). Sheep in wolves' clothing and in wolves' smell: anatomical and chemical mimicry in army ant-associated staphylinids. German Zoological Society (DZG), University of Bielefeld, Germany.
  • von Beeren C.  (2016).  Host specificity of army ant-associated insects. Joint lab meeting Foitzik-Blüthgen-Kaltenpoth, Griesheim, Euler Flughafen, Germany.
  • von Beeren C.  (2016).  Biodiversity and host specificity of army ant-associated insects. International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, Orange County Convention Center, USA.
  • von Beeren C.  (2016).  Biodiversity, life history adaptations and host specificity in army ant-associated insects. Ant Symposium, Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany.
  • von Beeren C.  (2015). Ecological and evolutionary dynamics in species-rich host-parasite communities. BSVMRKY seminar series, New York, The Rockefeller University, USA.
  • von Beeren C.  (2015). Ecological and evolutionary dynamics in species-rich host-parasite communities. Emmy-Noether job talk, Berlin, DFG, Germany.
  • von Beeren C. and Kronauer D. (2015). Host specificity and reproductive synchronization in  army ant associated beetles. Social Insects iN the North-East RegionS 5 (SINNERS5), Boston, Boston University, USA.
  • von Beeren C. and Kronauer D. (2014). Network structures of army ant parasites. Social Insects iN the North-East RegionS 4 (SINNERS4), Ithaca, Cornell University, USA.
  • von Beeren C. and Kronauer D. (2014). Myrmecophile community structures. Naomi Pierce Labmeeting, Cambridge, Harvard University, USA.
  • von Beeren C. and Witte V. (2014). Different reliance on chemical mimicry in two ant parasites. International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE), New York City, USA.
  • von Beeren C. and Kronauer D. (2014). Biodiversity and life history adaptations of army ant symbionts. International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI), Cairns, Australia.
  • von Beeren C. and Kronauer D. (2014). Species-rich host-parasite communities: a case study of army ant parasites. Nico Bluethgen Labmeeting, Tecnical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • von Beeren C. and Feener D. (2014). Ant parasites and parasitoids. Seminar series at La Selva Biological Station, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.
  • Joint talk: Ivens A. and von Beeren C. (2013). Beyond ants: their myrmecophilous 'housemates'. SINNERS 2, Millbrook, USA.

  • von Beeren (2013). Chemical integration of ant parasites. Seminar series LaSelva Biological Station, Porto Viejo, Costa Rica.

  • von Beeren C. (2012). Social integration of macroparasites in ant societies: proximate and ultimate mechanisms. Disputation, LMU Munich, Germany

  • von Beeren C. (2010). How to measure the impact of parasites. Graduiertenkolleg Verhaltensökologie der DZG, Biological field station Gülpe, Brandenburg, Germany

  • von Beeren C. and Witte V. (2010). Differential host defense against multiple parasites in ants. 4th EES Conference 2010, LMU Munich, Germany

  • von Beeren C. and Witte V. (2009). Aggression of a host ant in a multiple parasite-one host system is directed against the most destructive parasites.  Central European Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI), Frauenchiemse, Germany

  • von Beeren C. and Witte V. (2008). Integration mechanism of different symbionts in army ant societies.  Graduate Meeting of the Section Evolutionary Biology of the German Zoological Society, Hamburg, Germany

Teaching experience

Supervision of six behavioral ecology tutorials for master students:

  • Scientific writing (TU Darmstadt)
  • Host-parasite interactions (LMU Munich)
  • Dependency of transmission rate and virulence in parasites (LMU Munich)
  • Sexual selection (LMU Munich)
  • Chemical communication in ants (LMU Munich)
  • Altruisms, egoism, spite, kin selection vs. group selection (LMU Munich)
  • Optimal foraging in ants (LMU Munich)

(Co-*)Supervision of five master students (MS), one bachelor (BS), one college and one high school student (C/HS):

      • Chemical integration of army ant parasites (BS)
      • Morphological adaptations of myrmecophiles (MS*)
      • The role of polar compounds on nestmate recognition (MS*)
      • The role of polar compounds for chemical integration of myrmecophiles (MS*) 
      • Chemical and behavioral integration mechanisms of a myrmecophilous cricket (MS*) 
      • DNA barcoding in New York City cockroaches (C/HS)

Poster
  • Brückner A. and von Beeren C. (2017). Infection of army ant pupae by parasitoid mites. Central European Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI),  Schöntal Abbey, Germany
  • von Beeren C. and Witte V. (2010). Differential host defense against multiple parasites in ants. International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Copenhagen (poster attached, see below)

Workshops

  • Oct. 2014 at the Rockefeller University: Communication: Training workshop, Effective Presentations / Getting the Message Across, Jean-luc Doumont.

  • Oct. 2013 at the Rockefeller University Field Research Station: Identifying the ants of New England, Sean McKenzie and Grace Barber

  • November 2010 at the Biological field station Gülpe: Graduiertenkolleg Verhaltensökologie der DZG, , Brandenburg, Germany


Media coverage

An educational 10 minute movie about symbionts associated with Leptogenys army ants is freely available here:

http://www.evolution-of-life.com/en/observe/video/fiche/an-evolutionary-arms-race.html
Selected press reports:

·         Insect Invader Rubs Shoulders With Ants”, Science, ScienceShot

·          Tarnung aufgeflogen”, Süddeutsche Zeitung

·         Tarnung eines Ameisenparasiten” Biologie in unserer Zeit

·         Roaches in NYC Cluster by Neighborhood”, livescience.com

·         Die Kakerlaken-Gangs von New York”, Deutschlandfunk

·         Why Cockroaches Stay in Your Neighborhood”, Wall Street Journal


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Christoph von Beeren,
17.12.2012, 10:16
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