Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl


Group Leader

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Trine Bilde

​Trine Bilde - Professor

  • Evolution of cooperation
  • Evolutionary ecology of inbreeding
  • Kin cooperation
  • Ecology and phylogeography of social spiders
  • Sexual selection and evolution of mating systems
  • Ecogenomics
  • Epigenetics and Gene expression
  • Plasticity and adaptation
  • More
Photo by Virginia Settepani; Female Pisaura mirabilis, Pevestorf, Germany
Photo by Virginia Settepani
Female Pisaura mirabilis, Pevestorf, Germany

Lab Members


Anne Aagard Lauridsen
Anne Aagard Lauridsen

Anne Aagard Lauridsen - PhD

  • Epigenetics
  • Gene expression
  • Local adaptation
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Alexander Lammers

Alexander Lammers - PhD

​(co-supervising with Michael Lalk, Greifswald University (Germany))

  • Chemical ecology
  • Bioactive compounds 
  • ​Metabolomics​​
  • GC-MS, HPLC-MS, NMR, and mass spectrometry imaging  
Clemence Krystel Marie Rose
Clemence Krystel Marie Rose

Clemence Krystel Marie Rose - PhD

  • Task differentiation in social spiders,
  • Ecology of social spiders,
  • Urban ecology,
  • Microbiome  

Post Docs

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Jesper Bechsgaard

Jesper Bechsgaard - Post doc

  • Phylogenetics
  • Molecular evolution 
  • Population genetics
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Kirsten Gade Malmos

Kirsten Gade Malmos - Post doc

  • BioNMR
  • Metabolomics
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Virginia Settepani

Virginia Settepani - Center Manager

  • Task differentiation in social spiders
  • Genomic consequences of sociality

Associated researchers

Maria Jose Albo

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Maria Jose Albo

Assistant at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, Faculty of Science, University of the Republic, Uruguay, and at Clemente Estable Biological Research Institute

  • Sexual selection,
  • Evolution of mating system,
  • Origin and evolution of nuptial gifts in spiders,
  • Pisauridae and Trechaleidae families  

Cristina Tuni

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Cristina Tuni

Research Associate, LMU München, Department of Biology

Evolution of polyandry, Nuptial feeding mating systems

Former lab members

Christina Holm

Christina Holm
Christina Holm - PhD
Dietary niche and cooperative foraging, Parental care, Life history, Physiology

Marija Majer

Marija Majer
Marija Majer - PhD
Landscape genetics, Macroecology

Lena Grinsted

Lena Grinsted
Lena Grinsted - PhD
Task differentiation, Evolution of reproductive skew

Paolo Ghislandi

Reut Berger-Tal

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Reut Berger-Tal - Post Doc
Cooperation, Life history, Immunology

Shenglin Liu

Shenglin Liu
Shenglin Liu - Post doc

Seven Nazifi

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Seven Nazifi - PhD
Host-microbiome interactions, antimicrobial compounds

Tobias Sandfeld

Bram Vanthournout

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Bram Vanthournout - Post Doc
Sex ratio distortion, Endosymbionts

André Walter

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André Walter - Post doc
Kin recognition, Behaviour

Michelle Greve

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Michelle Greve - Post Doc
Life history, Physiology, Macroecology

Jessica Barker

Caitlin Stern

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Caitlin Stern - Post Doc
evolution of sociality, evolution of cooperation, mathematical modeling of the evolution of behavior

Anja Junghanns

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Anja Junghanns - PhD
Parental care, Matriphagy, Histology