Christian Rabeling

Arriving July 2014

Contact Information:

University of Rochester
Department of Biology

River Campus Box 270211
Rochester, New York 14627-0211

Research Overview


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 Interests

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