Dr Kathrin Krausa

Dr Kathrin Krausa

Dr Kathrin Krausa is a Visiting Scientist under the Environmental Health Theme. She is an entomologist with research interests in the communication behaviour of social isects, particularly stingless bees. She is based at icipe’s Duduville Campus in Nairobi.

Following her undergraduate training and MSc. at Ruhr University Bochum, Dr Krausa attained her PhD at the same University. Thereafter, she joined the Taita Taveta University in Kenya as a Visiting Scientist, having previously worked there as a Lecturer in Agricultural Entomology and Experimental Design and Analysis. In this capacity, she also mentored undergraduate students.

In her research project, she focuses on the foraging and recruitment behaviour of African stingless bees. Her project aims to identify the messages and meanings of signals employed in recruitment communication. This will include both mechanical as well as chemical signals and cues. Through a series of experiments, the production, transmission and perception of signals and cues will be studied under natural and laboratory conditions to gain an understanding that is as holistic as possible  of their recruitment communication.

Dr Krausa received a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Email: kkrausa@icipe.org