Christian Rabeling


Contact Information

Christian Rabeling
Assistant Professor
Office: Hutchison 486
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: (585) 276-7226
Research Interests: Evolutionary biology, natural history, and taxonomy of ants; Evolution of social behavior, social parasitism, and reproductive strategies; Evolutionary ecology of host parasite-interactions; Speciation genetics/genomics; Island biogeography  


Dr. Rabeling received his Diploma in Biology from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany in 2004. As an undergraduate student he studied abroad for one year at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to study at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Rabeling was elected a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2011. In 2014, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Rochester, where he started his laboratory to continue his studies about the evolutionary biology of ants.

Research Overview

I am studying the evolutionary genetics of ants and my research integrates evolutionary biology, genetics, taxonomy, and natural history studies. Currently, I am most interested in understanding how social parasitism evolved and how this change in social organization contributes to speciation. To explore this question, I am combining molecular phylogenetic, population genetic and genomic approaches. An integral part of my research is fieldwork and in depth natural history studies, which often lead to new discoveries that are further explored in the laboratory.

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Selected Publications