Pl 171214 2059 Preview Name: Evelien Jongepier

Status: Postdoc

Email: e.jongepier [at]

Tel.: +49-(0)251-83-21633

Room: 100.19

Scientific career and education

04/16 - now Postdoctoral researcher in comparative insect genomics - Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster.

08/15 – 03/16 Postdoctoral researcher in ant genome analyses - Evolutionary Biology group, Institute for Zoology, University of Mainz. In collaboration with the research group of Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics of Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster.

2011-2015 PhD in Evolutionary Biology group, 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

  • Comparative insect genomics
  • Social / life-history evolution
  • Host-parasite co-evolution
  • Evolution of immune defenses


Hartke J, Schell T, Jongepier E, Schmidt H, Sprenger PP, Paule J, Bornberg-Bauer E, Schmitt T, Menzel F, Pfenninger M, Feldmeyer B. (2019) Hybrid genome assembly of a neotropical mutualistic ant. Genome Biology and Evolution, evz159 -

Gstöttl C, Stoldt M, Jongepier E, Bornberg-Bauer E, Feldmeyer B, Heinze J, Foitzik S (2019) Comparative analysis of caste, sex and developmental stage-specific transcriptomes of a slavemaking ant and its ant host sheds light onto slavemaker evolution. Submitted.

Bornberg Bauer E, Harrison MC, Jongepier E (2018) The first cockroach genome and its significance for understanding development and the evolution of insect eusociality (editorial). Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B (Mol Dev Evol) 330: 251-253 -

Kaur R, Stoldt M, Jongepier E, Feldmeyer B, Bornberg-Bauer E & Foitzik S (2018) Ant behaviour and brain gene expression of defending hosts depend on the ecological success of the intruding social parasite. Philosophical Transactions B. -

Jongepier E, Kemena C, Lopez-Ezquerra A, Belles X, Bornberg-Bauer E & Korb J. (2018) Remodelling of the juvenile hormone pathway through caste-biased gene expression and positive selection along a gradient of termite eusociality.  J Exp Zool (Mol Dev Evol) 330: 296-304 -

Harrison MC*, Jongepier E*, Robertson HM*,...Belles X, Korb J, & Bornberg-Bauer E (2018) Hemimetabolous genomes reveal molecular basis of termite eusociality. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 557–566.

Harrison MC*, Arning N*, Kremer LPM*, Ylla G, Belles X, Bornberg-Bauer E, Huylmans AK, Jongepier E, Piulachs M-D, Richards S, Schal C. (2018) Expansions of key protein families in the German cockroach explain the remarkable success of this global indoor pest. J Exp Zool (Mol Dev Evol) 330: 254-264 -

Grüter C, Jongepier E, Foitzik S (2018) Insect societies fight back: the evolution of defensive traits against social parasites. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 373: 20170200.

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.

Negroni MA, Jongepier E, Feldmeyer B, Kramer BH &: Foitzik S (2016) Life history evolution in social insects: a female perspective. Current Opinion in Insect Science 16:51-57.

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 defence portfolios of ant hosts shift with social parasite pressure. Proceedings of the Royal Society London 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, Formicidae). 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. Behavioural Ecology 25:1058-1063.

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

* these authors contributed equally