Postdoctoral Researcher (2011-2015)

Current affiliation:

Postdoctoral researcher

(on an Independent Postdoctoral Fellowship & Research Talent (Sapere Aude Research Program) by the Danish Research Council DFF and the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science in Denmark Award)

Section of Ecology and Evolution,
Department of Biology,
Universitetsparken 15, bygn. 3, 1.
DK-2100 Copenhagen

e-mail: lvugelvig (AT)


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My research interest lies in the ecology and evolution of social insects and the symbiotic relationships they engage in – being mutualistic or parasit

Pathogen detection in ant societies

Theory predicts that transmission of pathogens is facilitated in societies, as these often comprise related individuals living together at high densities with frequent interactions. Rapid detection of – and response to – incoming pathogens is thus crucial to prevent disease outbreaks. My previous work has shown that ants indeed react immediately to pathogens in the colony by performance of collective disease defences (Ugelvig & Cremer, 2007; Ugelvig et al. 2010). I am now interested in studying the cues that allow this rapid detection. I study both behavioural and chemical changes of diseased ants and cues released by the pathogens themselves to understand the underlying mechanisms of the detection process, and the following behavioural response.


2011-2015      Postdoctoral researcher, IST Austria, Austria

                             (Sep-Dec 2014: Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
                             awarded by the European Society of Evolutionary Biology as runner-up for the JMS prize)

                             (2012-2014: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEF))

2010               Postdoctoral researcher, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


2007-2010      PhD in Evolutionary biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


2006-2007      Research assistant, University of Regensburg, Germany


2006                MSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark