Expertise & Material

Please feel free to contact me for scientific collaborations or for advice, or just for brainstorming about some research aspect about fireflies. Check the contact page! I am very interested to discover new facts about fireflies or if you need my expertise, even to join your expeditions.

My field of research especially yields the behaviour and ecology of fireflies. My previous research focused especially on colour pattern and glow warning signals in lampyrid larvae (aposematism), on the surveying, behaviour and sexual communication in diurnal fireflies (European Lesser Glow-worm - Phosphaenus hemipterus) and nocturnal fireflies (Lampyris spp., Nyctophila spp., Lamprohiza spp., Phausis reticulata) and survey methods for such glowing species.

My interest yields all possible fields of firefly biology ranging from taxonomy, phylogenetics, morphology, physiology, biogeography, phenology, conservation, monitoring & surveying, and the forementioned behaviour and ecology. I also closely follow the literature about other bioluminescent invertebrates and bioluminescence in general.

Equipment used for firefly and glow-worm field studies:

    - portable digital video-microscope 1.3 megapixel, 10x~70x, 200x (Dinolite Pro2 AM-4113T)
    - portable (field) spectrophotometer (USB-650 Red Tide Spectrometer)
    - digital night-viewer with record function 4x40 (Maginon)
    - several types of light traps for the surveying of glow-worm firefly species (LED, betalight, bottle-funneltraps)
    - digital camera (sony cybershot DSC-TX30)