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Jürgen Gadau

Jürgen Gadau

Associate Director for Graduate Studies, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

jgadau@asu.edu

480-965-2349

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501

Titles

  • Research Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Director for Graduate Studies, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biography

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.

Education

  • Habilitation, Zoology, University of Würzburg, 2003
  • Dr rer nat, Zoology, University of Würzburg, 1997
  • Diplom, Biologie, University of Würzburg, 1993

Expertise

Journal Articles

2016

Overson, R., J. Fewell and J. Gadau. 2016. Distribution and origin of intraspecific social variation in the California harvester ant Pogonomyrmex californicus. Insectes Sociaux 63(4):531-541. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-016-0497-8. (link )

2014

Overson, R., J. Gadau, R. M. Clark, S. C. Pratt and J. H. Fewell. 2014. Behavioral transitions with the evolution of cooperative nest founding by harvester ant queens. Behavioral ecology and Sociobiology 68(1):21-30. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-013-1618-2. (link )

2013

Holbrook, C. T., T. H. Eriksson, R. P. Overson, J. Gadau and J. H. Fewell. 2013. Colony-size effects on task organization in the harvester ant Pogonomyrmex californicus. Insectes Sociaux 60(2):191-201. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-013-0282-x. (link )

2012

Smith, A. A., R. P. Overson, B. Holldobler, J. Gadau and J. Liebig. 2012. The potential for worker reproduction in the ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli and its absence in the field. Insectes Sociaux 59(3):411-416. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-012-0235-9. (link )

2011

Smith, C. R., C. D. Smith, H. M. Robertson, M. Helmkampf, A. Zimin, M. Yandell, C. Holt, H. Hu, E. Abouheif, R. Benton, E. Cash, V. Croset, C. R. Currie, E. Elhaik, C. G. Elsik, M. Fave, V. Fernandes, J. D. Gibson, D. Graur, W. Gronenberg, K. J. Grubbs, D. E. Hagen, A. Ibarraran Vinisegra, B. R. Johnson, R. M. Johnson, A. Khila, J. W. Kim, K. A. Mathis, M. C. Munoz-Torres, M. C. Murphy, J. A. Mustard, R. Nakamura, O. Niehuis, S. Nigam, R. P. Overson, J. E. Placek, R. Rajakumar, J. T. Reese, G. Suen, S. Tao, C. W. Torres, N. D. Tsutsui, L. Viljakainen, F. Wolschin and J. Gadau. 2011. Draft genome of the red harvester ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(14):5667-5672. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1007901108. (link )

Smith, C. D., A. Zimin, C. Holt, E. Abouheif, R. Benton, E. Cash, V. Croset, C. R. Currie, E. Elhaik, C. G. Elsik, M. Fave, V. Fernandes, J. Gadau, J. D. Gibson, D. Graur, K. J. Grubbs, D. E. Hagen, M. Helmkampf, J. Holley, H. Hu, A. Ibarraran Vinisegra, B. R. Johnson, R. M. Johnson, A. Khila, J. W. Kim, J. Laird, K. A. Mathis, J. A. Moeller, M. C. Munoz-Torres, M. C. Murphy, R. Nakamura, S. Nigam, R. P. Overson, J. E. Placek, R. Rajakumar, J. T. Reese, H. M. Robertson, C. R. Smith, A. V. Suarez, G. Suen, E. L. Suhr, S. Tao, C. W. Torres, E. van Wilgenburg, L. Viljakainen, K. K. Wilson, A. L. Wild, M. Yandell, J. A. Yorke and N. D. Tsutsui. 2011. Draft genome of the globally widespread and invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(14):5673-5678. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1008617108. (link )

Suen, G., C. Teiling, L. Li, C. Holt, E. Abouheif, E. Bornberg-Bauer, P. Bouffard, E. J. Caldera, E. Cash, A. Cavanaugh, O. Denas, E. Elhaik, M. Fave, J. Gadau, J. D. Gibson, D. Graur, K. J. Grubbs, D. E. Hagen, T. Harkins, M. Helmkampf, H. Hu, B. R. Johnson, J. Kim, S. E. Marsh, J. A. Moeller, M. C. Munoz-Torres, M. C. Murphy, M. C. Naughton, S. Nigam, R. Overson, R. Rajakumar, J. T. Reese, J. J. Scott, C. R. Smith, S. Tao, N. D. Tsutsui, L. Viljakainen, L. Wissler, M. Yandell, F. Zimmer, J. Taylor, S. C. Slater, S. W. Clifton, W. C. Warren, C. G. Elsik, C. D. Smith, G. M. Weinstock, N. M. Gerardo and C. R. Currie. 2011. The genome sequence of the leaf-cutter ant Atta cephalotes reveals insights into its obligate symbiotic lifestyle. PLoS Genetics 7(2):e1002007. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002007. (link )