Prof. Dr. Jürgen Tautz

Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg

Room:  D136 (Biocenter)
Phone: +49 (0)931 31 84319



Curriculum vitae

- Born October 6th, 1949.
-1956 - 1960 Elementary school in Heppenheim.
-1960 - 1968 Starkenburg-Gymnasium in Heppenheim.
-1968 – 1973 Study at the Technical High school Darmstadt (Biology, Geography,
-1973 - 1974 Award by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
-1973: Masters thesis „Airborne sound reception in a caterpillar“ (Rating: cum laude).
-1974 – 1977 PhD-project supervised byProf.Dr. H. Markl at the Universiy Konstanz.
"Mechanisms and biological function of sound reception in caterpillars“
(again awarded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).
(Rating for the thesis: summa cum laude).
-1978 Byk-award of Herbert Quandt-foundation.
-1979 Postdoc at the Research School of Biological Sciences of the Australian
 National University in Canberra.
-1980 – 1981 Assistent Professor at the University Konstanz.
-1981 – 1982 Postdoc at Stanford University (USA)
-1983 – 1987 Assistent Professor at the University Konstanz.
-1986 Habilitation in Zoology.
-1988 Heisenberg-Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
-1988 – 1990 In charge for the chair of Behavioural Biology
at the University Konstanz.
-1990 until today full professor at the Biocenter of the University Würzburg.


Selected awards

1973 - 1974   Stipend awarded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
1974 – 1977   PhD-stipend awarded by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
1978  Byk-award of Herbert Quandt-foundation for an outstanding dissertation
1988    DFG Heisenberg fellowship
2005 By EMBO highlighted as one of seven scientist “as among the best in Europe to communicate science”
2006 Ehrenpreis Marketing Club Mainfranken for excellent science and its presentation to a broad audience
2006  elected Accademici Onorari Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia
2007 Together with Dr. J. Melcher (DLR): Bionics Award „Innovations from Nature“ of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) relating to the project „Bionic Vibration Exciter System“
2007 By EMBO again highlighted as one of eleven scientist “as among the best in Europe to communicate science”
2007 Runner-up of Promega-Contest "Hauptsache Biologie" to popular presentation of science with the topic "Cogito ergo summ"
2008 Together with Dr.J.Melcher and Prof.J.G.Heinrich nominated for the Erwin Schrödinger award 2008
2008 A special discretionary prize, as part of the 2008 EMBO Award for Communication in the Life Sciences to a practicing scientist in Europe for outstanding communication with the public.
2008 CICERO Magazine ranking list of 40 most prominent natural scientists in Germany


Editorial work

Since 2000  Editorial board “Zoology”
Since 2001  Advisory board “Journal of Comparative Physiology”
Since 2003  Advisory board “Apidologie!
Since 2005  Editorial board “Trends in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology”

Reviewer for Journals and funding agencies:
Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Australian Research Council (ARC), Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biological Bulletin, Biophysics of Structure and Mechanism, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Entomologia generalis, Ethology, Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austria), Insectes Sociaux, Journal of Comparative Physiology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Marine Behavior and Physiology, National Research Foundation (South-Africa), National Science Foundation (USA), Naturwissenschaften, Physiology and Behavior, Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, Slovac Academy of Sciences


Project management (listed since 1992)

1992-1997 SFB 251 „Ecology, physiology and biochemistry of plants and animals under stress“; project leader.
1997-2005 Graduate College GK 200 “Arthropod behaviour: genetics, neurobiology, ecology”; leading applicant and speaker
2000-2003 SBF 554 “Mechanisms and Evolution of Arthropod behaviour: brain, individual, social group”; project leader
2003-2006 “Health research in honeybees” funded by Bavarian Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture; speaker
2005-2006 DUKAT, Diagnosis and control of the honeybee parasite Aethina Tumida, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture; project leader
since 2006 Vice-speaker of the excellence centre graduate school of life sciences, class integrative biology (30 doctorate positions)
since 2007  FUGAPIS, health research in honeybees. Project leader
since 2007  BMBF-project “Bionisches Schwingungserregersystem”. Project leader
since 2007  Cooperation contract between Humanwissenschaftliche Universität
Liechtenstein with Universität Würzburg. Initiator and project leader
since 2008  SFB 567 (interactions between organisms) project leader
since 2008  BASF funded project , project leader
2008-2009  DAAD Go8-funding German-Australian cooperation, project leader


Member of scientific societies

Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Deutschen Bieneninstitute e.V., Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, Gesellschaft deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte, International Union for the Study of Social Insects., International Society for Neuroethology, Society for Experimental Biology, Verband Deutscher Biologen



Since 1992  external member in the commission for neurosciences of the „Mainzer Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur“.
Since 2000 Vertrauensdozent des Verbandes Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte at the Universität Würzburg
In 2004 Founder and since then head of Bienenforschung Würzburg e.V., in order to raise funds for communication activities in the public.
Since 2006  Mentor in Max Weber-Programm Bayern of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes


Scientific lectures

Until today about 300 invited lectures at German universities and about 120 invited lectures abroad (host countries among others: Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, England, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, USA).
Organizer of summer schools 1987, 1989, 1992, 1998 two-weeks-summer-schools for the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.




The 23 most important reviewed publications selected from a total of 82 publications in the last 12 years:

Srinivasan, M.V., Zhang, S.W., Altwein, M., TAUTZ, J (2000). Honeybee navigation: nature and calibration of the "odometer". Science 287, 851-853 (cover story).

Esch, H., Zhang, S., Srinivasan, M., TAUTZ, J. (2001). Honeybee dances communicate distance by optic flow. Nature 411, 581-583 (cover story).

TAUTZ, J., Sandeman, D.C. (2002). Recruitment of honeybees to non-scented food sources. J. Comp. Physiol. A 189 (4), 293-300.

Kleinhenz, M., Bujok, B., Fuchs, S., TAUTZ, J. (2003). Hot bees in empty cells – broodnest heating from within. J. Exp. Biol  206, 4217-4231

TAUTZ, J., Maier, S., Groh, C., Roessler, W., Brockmann, A. (2003). Behavioral performance in adult honey bees is influenced by the temperature experienced during their pupal development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100, 7343-7347.

Streit, S., Bock, F., Pirk, Chr.,TAUTZ, J. (2003). Automatic Life-long monitoring of individual insect behaviour now possible. Zoology 169, 169-171 (cover story).

TAUTZ, J., Zhang, S., Spaethe, J., Brockmann, A., Aung Si, Srinivasan, M. (2004). Honeybee odometry: performance in varying natural terrain. PLoS 2, 0915-0923.

Zhang, S., Bock, F., Si, A., TAUTZ, J., Srinivasan, M.V. (2004) Visual working memory in decision making by honeybees. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102, 5250-5255.

Zhang, S., Schwarz, S., Pahl, M., Zhu, H., TAUTZ, J. (2006). Honeybee memory: A honey bee knows what to do and when. J. Exp. Biol. 209, 4420-4428.

Pahl, M., Zhu, H., Pix, W., TAUTZ, J., Zhang, S. (2007) Circadian timed episodic-like memory – a bee knows what to do when, and also where.  J.Exp.Biol. 210, 3559-3567

Kralj, J., Brockmann, A. Fuchs, S., TAUTZ, J. (2007) The parasitic mite Varroa destructor affects non-associative learning of honey bee foragers Apis mellifera.
J.Comp.Physiol. 193, 363-370.

Su, S., Cai, F., Si, A., Zhang, S., TAUTZ, J., Chen, S. (2008). East learns from west: Asiatic honeybees can understand the dances of European honeybees. PLoS ONE 3: e2365.

Randolt, K., Gimple, O. Geißendörfer, J., Reinders, J., Prusko, C., Mueller, M.J., Albert, S., TAUTZ, J., Beier, H. (2008). Immune-related proteins induced in the hemolymph after aseptic and septic injury differ in honey bee worker larvae and adults. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 69, 155-167.

TAUTZ, J., Rostas, M. (2008) Honeybee buzz attenuates plant damage by caterpillars. Curr. Biol. 25 R1125-1126.

Gross, H.J., Pahl, M., Si, A., Zhu, H., TAUTZ, J., Zhang, S. (2009) Number-based visual generalisation in the honeybee. PloS ONE 4: e4263.

Pahl, M., Zhu, H., TAUTZ,J., Zhang, S. (2011). Large scale homing in honeybees.
PLosOne 6, e19669.

Fedorova,A.A., Azzami; K., Ryabchikova, E.I.,  Spitsyna,Y.E.; Silnikov, V.N., Ritter, W., Gross; H.J., TAUTZ,J.,  Vlassov, V.V., Beier, H., Zenkova, M.A. (2011) Inactivation of a non-enveloped RNA virus by artificial ribonucleases: Honey bees and Acute bee paralysis virus as a new experimental model for in vivo antiviral activity assessment. Antiviral Res. 91, 267-277.

Albert, S., Gätschenberger,H., Azzami,K., Gimple,O., Grimmer,G., Fujiyuki,T., Sumner,S., TAUTZ,J., Mueller, M.J. (2011) Evidence of a novel immune responsive protein in the Hymenoptera. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 41, 968-981
Höcherl, N., Siede, R., Illies, I., Gätschenberger, H., TAUTZ,J. (2012) Evaluation of the nutritive value of maize for honey bees. J.Insect Physiol. 58, 278–285

Schneider; C.W., TAUTZ,J., Grünewald;, B., Fuchs,S. (2012) RFID tracking of sublethal effects of two neonicotinoid insecticides on the foraging behavior of Apis mellifera.  PLoS ONE 7, e30023.

Azzami,K., Ritter,W. , TAUTZ, J., Beier, H. (2012) Infection of honey bees with Acute bee paralysis virus does not trigger humoral or cellular immune responses. Arch.Virol.157, 689-702.

Gätschenberger, H., Gimple, O., TAUTZ, J., Beier, H. (2012) Honey bee drones maintain humoral immune competence throughout all life stages in the absence of vitellogenin production. J.Exp.Biol.215, 1313-1322

TAUTZ,J., Vierle, H. (2012) Honeybees  - superstars for all types of education. J.Insect Physiology


M3. TAUTZ,J: Phänomen Honigbiene (Mit Bildern von H.R.Heilmann).
278 Seiten, 180 farb. Abb., Geb. m. SU
ISBN: 978-3-8274-1845-6
Spektrum-Elsevier, Heidelberg 2007.