Prof. Michael Kuhlmann

Zoological Museum

As an entomologist I am particularly interested in bee taxonomy, systematics and biogeography with a special focus on the genus Colletes and the bee fauna of southern Africa. Both, Colletes bees and the biodiversity hotspot of the Greater Cape Floristic Region in western South Africa, are ideal models for studying evolutionary processes like flower specialization and the role of plant-pollinator interactions as drivers of diversification.

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Prof. Michael Kuhlmann

Kiel University, Zoological Museum

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Selected Publications

  • De Palma A, et al. (2015) Ecological traits affect the sensitivity of bees to land-use pressures in European agricultural landscapes. J Appl Ecol 52(6):1567–1577.
  • Johnson SD, Jürgens A, Kuhlmann M (2012) Pollination function transferred: modified tepals of Albuca (Hyacinthaceae) serve as secondary stigmas. Ann Bot 110(3):565–572.
  • Kuhlmann M, Almeida EAB, Laurenne N, Quicke DLJ (2009) Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of the bee genus Colletes Latreille, 1802 (Hymenoptera: Apiformes: Colletidae), based on mitochondrial COI and nuclear 28S sequence data. Insect Systematics & Evolution 40(3):291–318.
  • Kuhlmann M (2009) Patterns of diversity, endemism and distribution of bees (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Anthophila) in southern Africa. South African Journal of Botany 75(4):726–738.
  • Müller A, Kuhlmann M (2008) Pollen hosts of western palaearctic bees of the genus Colletes (Hymenoptera: Colletidae): the Asteraceae paradox. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 95(4):719–733.