The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina honored ASU Foundation Professor Bert Hlldobler and two others with Cothenius Medals as part of the opening ceremonies of the Leopoldina's annual assembly on Sept. 23, 2011 in Germany.
Hlldobler is highly-regarded, internationally-recognized behavioral scientist and evolutionary biologist, who revolutionized understanding about social organization in insects. Ants in particular have served as models for his ground-breaking work in the fields of behavioral physiology and ecology, evolutionary biology, sociobiology and chemical ecology. Awarded the Cothenius Medal for lifetime achievement, Hlldobler has advanced new discoveries about chemical communication and orientation behavior in animals, the dynamics of social organizations and the evolution of animal communities.
"Social insects are among the ecologically most important species in almost all land ecosystems and their cooperative group behavior is unparalleled in the animal kingdom," says Hlldobler. "With more than 14,000 described species and hundreds of different forms, habit, quirks and lifestyles, ants are among the most fascinating creatures on the planet and can serve as a source to answer some of the most fundamental questions in biology."
Hlldobler came to ASU in 2004, following professorships with University of Frankfurt, Harvard University, Cornell University and University of Wrzburg, Germany. In ASU's School of Life Sciences, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, he has built dynamic partnerships and helped to develop the social insect research group (SIRG), with Robert Page, vice provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and founding director of the School of Life Sciences. This creative collective of 10 faculty members, their postdocs and graduate students, studies bees, ants, termites and wasps with focus on neuroscience, biomedicine and sociobiology; genetics and epige
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