Curriculum vitae

Professional Career
since 2016 Scientific Coordinator, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute, Jena
2012 - 2016 Postdoc, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Maize chemical defences, insect herbivores and biocontrol agents
2009 - 2012 Postdoc, University of Pretoria, South Africa: Effects of nectar toxins on honey bees
2007 - 2009 PhD, University of Pretoria: Energetic challenges of bird pollinators
2002 - 2006 Studies in Biology/Zoology, Martin Luther University of Halle and University of Pretoria


Wondraczek L, Pohnert G, Schacher FH, Köhler A, Gottschaldt M, Schubert US, Küsel K, Brakhage AA (2019) Artificial microbial arenas: Materials for observing and manipulating microbial consortia. Adv Mater 31(24), e1900284. (Review)
Maag D, Köhler A, Robert CA, Frey M, Wolfender JL, Turlings TC, Glauser G, Erb M (2016) Highly localized and persistent induction of Bx1-dependent herbivore resistance factors in maize. Plant J 88(6), 976-991.
Köhler A, Maag D, Veyrat N, Glauser G, Wolfender JL, Turlings TC, Erb M (2015) Within-plant distribution of 1,4-benzoxazin-3-ones contributes to herbivore niche differentiation in maize. Plant Cell Environ 38(6), 1081-1093.
Archer CR, Köhler A, Pirk CW, Oosthuizen V, Apostolides Z, Nicolson SW (2014) Antioxidant supplementation can reduce the survival costs of excess amino acid intake in honeybees. J Insect Physiol 71, 78-86.
Maag D, Dalvit C, Thevenet D, Köhler A, Wouters FC, Vassão DG, Gershenzon J, Wolfender JL, Turlings TC, Erb M, Glauser G (2014) 3-β-D-Glucopyranosyl-6-methoxy-2-benzoxazolinone (MBOA-N-Glc) is an insect detoxification product of maize 1,4-benzoxazin-3-ones. Phytochemistry 102, 97-9105.
Nicolson SW, de Veer L, Köhler A, Pirk CW (2013) Honeybees prefer warmer nectar and less viscous nectar, regardless of sugar concentration. Proc Biol Sci 280(1767), 20131597.
Köhler A, Pirk CW, Nicolson SW (2012) Simultaneous stressors: interactive effects of an immune challenge and dietary toxin can be detrimental to honeybees. J Insect Physiol 58(7), 918-923.
Köhler A, Pirk CW, Nicolson SW (2012) Honeybees and nectar nicotine: deterrence and reduced survival versus potential health benefits. J Insect Physiol 58(2), 286-292.
Köhler A, Raubenheimer D, Nicolson SW (2012) Regulation of nutrient intake in nectar-feeding birds: insights from the geometric framework. J Comp Physiol B 182(5), 603-611.
Köhler A, Leseigneur CD, Verburgt L, Nicolson SW (2010) Dilute bird nectars: viscosity constrains food intake by licking in a sunbird. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 299(4), R1068-R1074.