Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

Benjamin Eggs

Doctoral student
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Postal address
University of Tübingen
Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
72076 Tübingen
Germany

Research Interests

  • Joint-free movements in insects: mechanisms observed in ovipositors and piercing-sucking mouthparts
  • Structure and function of the ovipositor of parasitoid Hymenoptera: actuation and mechanisms of terebra bending movements, and their potential eco-evolutionary significance

 

Short CV

since 2015
Doctoral student

Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (SFB-TRR) 141 “Biological design and integrative structures”, Institute of Evolution and Ecology, University of Tübingen; thesis: “Joint-free movement mechanisms in insects” (supervision by Prof. Dr. Oliver Betz)

2013-2015
M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution with Special Qualification in Animal Ecology and Conservation

Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern; thesis: ”Hunting without a web: how lycosoid spiders overwhelm their prey” (supervision by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nentwig, Dr. Lucia Kuhn-Nentwig and Dr. Jonas O. Wolff)

2009-2013
B.Sc. in Biology

University of Bern; thesis: “Herbivory in spiders: the importance of pollen for orb-weaving spiders” (supervision by Dr. Dirk Sanders)

Selected Publications

Tull T., Henn F., Betz, O., Eggs B. (2020). Structure and function of the stylets of hematophagous Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), with special reference to Dipetalogaster maxima. Arthropod Structure & Development 52, 100952. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asd.2020.100952

Eggs B., Birkhold A. I., Röhrle O., Betz O. (2018). Structure and function of the musculoskeletal ovipositor system of an ichneumonid wasp. BMC Zoology 3, 12. https://bmczool.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40850-018-0037-2

Betz O., Birkhold A., Caliaro M., Eggs B., Mader A., Knippers J., Röhrle O., Speck O. (2016). Adaptive stiffness and joint-free kinematics: actively actuated rod-shaped structures in plants and animals and their biomimetic potential in architecture and engineering. In: Knippers J., Nickel K. G. and Speck T. (eds.), Biomimetic Research for Architecture and Building Construction: Biological Design and Integrative Structures (pp. 135–167), Biologically-Inspired Systems, vol. 8. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46374-2_8

Eggs B., Wolff J. O., Kuhn-Nentwig L., Gorb S. N., Nentwig W. (2015). Hunting without a web: how lycosoid spiders subdue their prey. Ethology 121(12), 1166–1177. https://doi.org/10.1111/eth.12432

Eggs B., Sanders D. (2013). Herbivory in spiders: the importance of pollen for orb-weavers. PLoS ONE 8(11), e82637. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0082637