Sebastian Pohl

Science (Life Sciences)

Postdoctoral Fellow


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Dr Sebastian Pohl graduated from the University of Freiburg, Germany. His thesis examined the reproductive behaviour of burying beetles. For his doctoral research at the University of Munich, Germany, he investigated decision making in slave-making ants. Dr Pohl worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on population genetic analyses of lycaenid butterflies and ants, in a joint project at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Harvard University, USA.

Dr Pohl is a behavioural ecologist and evolutionary biologist, with a special interest in species interactions. Most of his research so far has focused on the study of social insects. He studies animal behaviour both in the field and in the laboratory, and he uses molecular tools such as next-generation sequencing to further our understanding of the evolution of animal behaviour. At Yale-NUS College, he works together with Assistant Professor of Science Philip Johns on transcriptomics of stalk-eyed flies.

Pohl S, Frederickson ME, Elgar MA, Pierce NE, 2016. Colony diet influences ant worker foraging and attendance of myrmecophilous lycaenid caterpillars. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 4:114. doi:10.3389/fevo.2016.00114

Pohl S, Foitzik S, 2013. Parasite scouting and host defence behaviours are influenced by colony size in the slave-making ant Protomognathus americanus. Insectes Sociaux, 60:293-301. doi:10.1007/s00040-013-0293-7

von Beeren C, Pohl S, Witte V, 2012. On the use of adaptive resemblance terms in chemical ecology. Psyche vol. 2012, Article ID 635761, 7 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/635761

Pohl S, Witte V, Foitzik S, 2011. Division of labor and slave raid initiation in slave-making ants. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65:2029-2036. doi:10.1007/s00265-011-1212-4

Pohl S, Foitzik S, 2011. Slave-making ants prefer larger, better defended host colonies. Animal Behaviour, 81:61-68. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.09.006

Animal Behaviour
Biology Lab