Klaus Reinhardt - Research Interests


PD Dr Klaus Reinhardt

University of Tuebingen

Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Animal Evolutionary Ecology
Auf der Morgenstelle 28
72076 Tübingen

Phone: +49 7071 29 74854








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since 2014 Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology

2010 Eduard-Karls Universität Tübingen (VolkswagenStiftung, Privatdozent)

12/10, 04/11 Institute for Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)

2010 Université de Perpignan, Visiting Professor (Professeur visité)

2005 - 2010 University of Sheffield, Independent Research Fellow (NERC, Wellcome Trust)

2002 - 2005 University of Sheffield, postdoc

2001 - 2002 University of Leeds, postdoc (Marie Curie Fellowship)

2001 Illinois State University, postdoc (Feodor-Lynen Stipendium)


Research Aims

I enjoy to conceptually advance evolutionary biology by synthetising and combining different research fields, such as:

conflict biology AND biodiversity

sperm biology AND ecology

microscopy, cell physiology AND experimental evolution

behavioural ecology AND material science

I aim to strengthen the role of evolution in biology and medicine.


My main publications:

Reinhardt K, Anthes N, Lange R. (2014) Copulatory wounding and traumatic insemination. Cold Spring Harb Persp Biol, Rice & Gavrilets (eds): Sexual Conflict.


Fountain T, Duvaux L, Horsburgh G, Reinhardt K, Butlin RK (2014) Human-facilitated metapopulation dynamics in an emerging pest species, Cimex lectularius. Molec Ecol 23:1071-1084


Reinhardt K, Dowling DK, Morrow EDH (2013) Mitochondria replacement, Evolution, and the Clinic. Science 341:1345-1346


Reinhardt K, Ribou A-C (2013) Females become infertile as the stored sperm's oxygen radicals increase. Sci Rep 3:2888


Lange R, Reinhardt K, Michiels N, Anthes N (2013) Functions, mechanisms, and evolution of traumatic mating. Biol Rev 88:585-601


Otti O, McTighe AP, Reinhardt K (2013) In vitro antimicrobial sperm protection by an ejaculate-like substance. Funct Ecol 27:219-226


Ribou A-C, Reinhardt K (2012) Reduced metabolic rate and oxygen radicals production in stored insect sperm. Proc R Soc Lond B 279:2196-2203


Reinhardt K, Naylor R, Siva-Jothy MT (2009) Ejaculate components delay reproductive senescence while elevating female reproductive rate in an insect. PNAS 106:21743-21747


Reinhardt K, Naylor R, Siva-Jothy MT (2009) Situation exploitation: higher male mating success when female resistance is reduced by feeding. Evolution 63:29-39


Reinhardt K (2007) Evolutionary consequences of sperm cell aging. Quart Rev Biol 82:375-393


Reinhardt K, Harney E, Naylor R, Gorb S, Siva-Jothy MT (2007) Am Nat 170:931-935


Reinhardt K, Siva-Jothy MT (2007) Biology of bed bugs (Cimicidae). A Rev Entomol 52:351-374


Reinhardt K, Siva-Jothy MT (2005) An advantage for young sperm in the house cricket Acheta domesticus. Am Nat 165:718-723


Reinhardt K, Köhler G, Detzel P, Maas J (2005) Low dispersal ability and habitat specificity promote extinctions in rare but not in widespread species: the Orthoptera of Germany. Ecography 28:593-602


Reinhardt K, Naylor R, Siva-Jothy MT (2003) Reducing a cost of traumatic insemination: female bed bugs evolve a unique organ. Proc R Soc Lond B 270:2371-2375