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Dr Bertrand Fouks

Bertrand Fouks

Bertrand Fouks

Dr. Fouks has left our group in 2014.

Research Interests

Having studied Evolutionary Biology and Ethology, I have become fascinated by the evolution of animal societies: How does a species become social and how is this sociality maintained over time? I am interested in both proximate and ultimate mechanisms that explain the evolution of sociality. My previous studies were focused on worker policing in ant Cataglyphis cursor, behaviours of chimpanzees in natural habitat, and colonial-brood recognition in leaf-cutter ant Acromyrmex echiniator.
Currently, my PhD research is focused on the parasite and disease resistance in bumblebees. This PhD is a part of FUGABEE-Project and has as main aim to map QTLs involved in Crithidia bombi and Nosema bombi resistance in bumblebee.

Curriculum vitae

Personal Information

  • Birth: 29 march 1984 in France


  • 2010-2013: PhD student in the FUGABEE-Project (funded by BMBF)
  • 2008-2009: MSc (2nd year) in Insect Sciences (University of Tours, France)
  • 2006-2007: MSc (1st year) in Ethology (University of Paris 13, France)
  • 2002-2006: BSc in Evolutionary Biology (University of Poitiers, France)
  • 2002: Baccalaureate in Environmental Science with distinction (SAT equivalent) (Jonzac High School, France)
  • Languages: French: native speaker, English: fluent, German: fluent, Chinese: basic.
  • Computer Software: Bioedit, Apollo, Peak Fit knowledge, Statistica and R


  • Fouks B, Lattorff HMG (2013): Social scent marks do not improve avoidance of parasites in foraging bumblebees. J Exp Biol    216: 285-291.
  • Fouks B, Lattorff HMG (2011): Recognition and Avoidance of Contaminated Flowers by Foraging Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). PLoS ONE    6: e26328.
  • Fouks B, d'Ettorre P, Nehring V (2011): Brood adoption in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior: adaptation or recognition noise? Insectes Sociaux    58: 479-485.

Conferences and Workshop

  • IUSSI 2011: Central European section, Papenburg: "Recognition of contaminated flowers by bumblebees (Bombus terrestris)" (talk)
  • IUSSI 2010: Copenhagen
  • April 2009: Mutualism workshop in Estonia directed by Nash D., Feldhaar H. and Aanen D.


- Poster presentation in 14th ISBE congress, Lund 2012: Avoidance of contaminated flowers by bumblebees
Poster ISBE.pdf (425.4 KB)  vom 10.08.2012