Jürgen Gadau

Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Jürgen Gadau
Phone: (480) 965-2349
Office: ISTB1 326
Education: PhD, 1997, University of Würzburg
Curriculum Vitae: gadau_j_cv.pdf

Jürgen Gadau is a behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist who focuses on understanding the genetic and genomic basis of speciation and species differences. He and his research team use molecular methods to solve questions in ecology and evolution using social and solitary Hymenoptera (ants, wasps and bees) as model organisms.

Gadau's current interests are in sociogenomics and functional and comparative genomics, as he seeks to understand the genetic and genomic basis and architecture of adaptive traits like sex pheromones, colony recognition, or courtship behavior. He and his collaborators also pursue research in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), to better understand the regulation and evolution of the division of labor in social insects.

Selected Publications:

  • Daniel F. Simola, Lothar Wissler, Greg Donahue, Robert M. Waterhouse, Martin Helmkampf, Julien Roux, SanneNygaard, Karl M. Glastad, Darren E. Hagen, LumiViljakainen, Justin T. Reese, Brendan G. Hunt, Dan Graur, Eran Elhaik, Evgenia V. Kriventseva, Jiayu Wen, Brian J. Parker, Elizabeth Cash, EyalPrivman, Christopher P. Childers, Monica C. Muñoz-Torres, , Jacobus J. Boomsma, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Cameron Currie, Christine G. Elsik, Garret Suen, Michael A. D. Goodisman, Laurent Keller, Jürgen Liebig, Alan Rawls, Danny Reinberg, Chris D. Smith, Chris R. Smith, Neil Tsutsui, Yannick Wurm, Evgeny M. Zdobnov, Shelley L. Bergerand Jürgen Gadau (2013) * The (r)evolution of social insect genomes. Genome Researchdoi:10.1101/gr.155408.113
  • Niehuis, Jan Buellesbach, Joshua D. Gibson, Daniela Pothmann, Christian Hanner, NavdeepMutti, Andrea K. Judson, Jürgen Gadau, Joachim Ruther, Thomas Schmitt. (2013) Behavioural and genetic analyses on Nasonia shed light on the evolution of sex pheromones. Nature 494: 345–348. doi:10.1038/nature11838
  • Gibson JD, Niehuis O, Peirson BRE, Cash EI and Gadau J. (2013) Genetic and developmental basis of F2 hybrid breakdown in Nasonia. Evolution DOI: 10.1111/evo.12080
  • Gadau J., Helmkampf M., Nygaard S., Roux J., Simola DF., Smith CR., Suen G., Wurm Y., Smith CD (2011) The genomic impact of 100 million years of social evolution in seven ant species. Trends in Genetics 28: 12-21.
  • Werren JH, Richards S, Desjardins CA, Niehuis O, Gadau J, Colbourne JK, and The Nasonia Genome Working Group (2010) Functional and Evolutionary Insights from the Genomes of Three Parasitoid Nasonia Species.Science 327: 343-348DOI:10.1126/science.1178028
  • Pogonomyrmex barbatus
    Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker
  • Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker fighting
    Pogonomyrmex barbatus workers fight between neighboring colonies
  • Pogonomyrmex barbatus alate queen
    Pogonomyrmex barbatus alate queen warming up to fly
  • Courtship and mating behaviors of the jewel wasp, Nasonia