Dr. Kamilla Koch

Dr. Kamilla Koch (nee Schenk)
Junior Group Leader
Department of Ecology, JGU
J.-J.-Becherweg 13, 55122 Mainz
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 Research Interests
  • Evolution of the reproductive system of Odonates
  • Differences in the paternity likelihood of mate guarding types
  • Maturation period of Odonata
  • Niche modeling of odonates
  • Niche differentiation within the African genus Trithemis
  • Co-evolution: how similar can sister species be
  • Life time egg production of Libellulids
  • Pre-and post eyespot development in Anisoptera
  • Influence of temperature and photoperiod on embryogenesis and larval development of Libellulids
  • Influence of climate change on biocoenoses of macro invertebrates
  • Host parasite interactions; what are the advantages of complex life cycles?

Key techniques: Determination of macro invertebrates; rearing experiments; behavioural observations; life history studies; marc recapture; telemetry with harmonic radar; niche modelling with MaxEnt; nestedness temperature calculator (NTC); scanning electron microscopy (SEM); transmissions electron microscopy (TEM); computer tomography (ct)

Research system/organism: Odonata

Five Most Relevant Publications
  1. Koch, K., Wagner, C. & Sahlén, G., 2013. Farmland versus forest: comparing changes in Odonata species composition in western and eastern Sweden. Insect Conservation and Diversity, DOI: 10.1111/icad.12034
  2. Ware, J., Karlsson, M., Sahlén, G. & Koch, K., 2012. Evolution of reproductive strategies in libellulid dragonflies (Odonata: Anisoptera). Organisms Diversity and Evolution, DOI: 10.1007/s13127-012-0096-0.
  3. Hammerschmidt, K., Koch, K., Milinski, M., Chubb, J. & Parker, G., 2009. When to go: Optimization of host switching in parasites with complex lifecycles. Evolution, 63 (8), 1976-1986.
  4. Scharsack, J. P., Koch, K. & Hammerschmidt, K., 2007. Who is in control of the stickleback immune system: interactions between Schistocephalus solidus and its specific vertebrate host. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 274 (1629), 3151-3158.
  5. Schenk, K., Suhling, F. & T. Martens, A., 2004. Relation between egg distribution, mate guarding intensity, and offspring quality in dragonflies (Odonata). Animal Behaviour, 68, 599-606.