Jongepier, Evelien Dr.

Dr. Evelien Jongepier
Postdoctoral researcher

Curriculum Vitae


starting 4/16 Postdoctoral researcher in comparative ant genomics - Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics research group, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster.
8/15 – 3/16 Postdoctoral researcher in ant genome analyses - Evolutionary Biology, Institute for Zoology, University of Mainz. In collaboration with the Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics research group, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster.
2011-2015 PhD in ant behavioural ecology - Evolutionary Biology group at the Institute for Zoology, University of Mainz. Title: Inter- and intraspecific variation in the host defence portfolios of Temnothorax ants
2007-2011 Master in Ecology and Evolution - Top programme Evolutionary Ecology University of Groningen


Research interests

I am interested in the evolutionary biology of social insects, with a particular focus on systems where natural selection has favoured deviations from fundamental biological principles. These include the reversal of eusociality in socially parasitic ants or the apparent escape from basic life history trade-offs in a variety of social insect taxa.
I apply comparative genomics tools to study their intricate social organisation, their remarkably diverse life-history strategies and the genomic signatures of coevolution between socially parasitic ants and their hosts.


Jongepier E & Foitzik S (2016) Fitness costs of worker specialisation for ant societies. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. 283: 20161822.

Jongepier E & Foitzik S (2016) Ant recognition cue diversity is higher in the presence of slavemaker ants. Behavioural Ecology 27: 304-311.

Beros S, Jongepier E, Hagemeier F & Foitzik S (2015) The parasite’s long arm: a tapeworm parasite induces behavioural changes in uninfected group members of its social host. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 282:20151473.

Jongepier E, Kleeberg I & Foitzik S (2015) The ecological success of a social parasite increases with manipulation of collective host behaviour. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:2152-2162.

Kleeberg I, Jongepier E, Job S & Foitzik S (2015) Geographic variation in social parasite pressure predicts intraspecific but not interspecific aggressive responses in hosts of a slavemaking ant. Ethology 121:692-704.

Jongepier, E., Kleeberg, I., Job S. & Foitzik, S. (2014) Collective defense portfolios of ant hosts shift with social parasite pressure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281:20140225.

Seifert B, Kleeberg I, Feldmeyer B, Pamminger T, Jongepier E & Foitzik S (2014) Temnothorax pilagens sp. n. – a new slave-making species of the tribe Formicoxenini from North America (Hymenoptera, Formi-cidae). ZooKeys 368:65-77.

Kleeberg, I., Pamminger T., Jongepier, E., Papenhagen, M. & Foitzik, S. (2014). Forewarned is forearmed: Aggression and information use determine fitness costs of slave raids. Behavioral Ecology, 25 (5): 1058-1063.

Kureck IM, Jongepier E, Nicolai B & Foitzik S (2012). No inbreeding depression but increased sexual investment in highly inbred ant colonies. Mol. Ecol. 21: 5613-5623.