Stefanie Kautz

Stefanie Kautz, Ph.D.

steffie2Research Interests

- Coevolution in ant-plant mutualisms
- Diversity and putative functions of ant associated microbes
- Direct and indirect plant defenses
- The ecological role of endophytic fungi
- Above- belowground interactions

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Stefanie Kautz
Field Museum of Natural History
Department of Zoology                                                              Office: (312) 665-7776
Division of Insects                                                                      FAX: (312) 665-7754
1400 South Lake Shore Drive                                                    Email: skautz@fieldmuseum.org
Chicago, IL 60605 USA

Positions

(2009 – Forward) Postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL in the Department of Zoology, Division of Insects.

Education

(2006 – 2009) Ph.D. University of Duisburg-Essen. Department of General Botany – Plant Ecology. Title of Dissertation: Acacia-inhabiting Pseudomyrmex ants – integrating physiological, behavioral, chemical and genetic data to understand the maintenance of ant-plant mutualisms. Advisors: Drs. Peter Bayer, H. Thorsten Lumbsch, Martin Heil.
Graded summa cum laude (with distinction).
(2000 – 2006) Diploma studies (equivalent to M.A.) at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Graded with distinction.

Publications

25. Ballhorn, D. J. & Kautz, S. (2013) How useful are olfactometer experiments in chemical ecology research? Communicative & Integrative Biology 6(4): e24787.
Ballhorn_&_Kautz_2013_CIB.pdf
24. Kautz S, Rubin BER. & Moreau CS (2013) Bacterial infections across the ants: Frequency and prevalence of Wolbachia, Spiroplasma, and Asaia. Invited paper for a special issue of “Ants and their Parasites” in Psyche 2013: e936341.
Kautz_et_al._2013_Psyche.pdf
23. Ballhorn DJ, Godschalx AL, Kautz S (2013) Covariation of chemical and mechanical defenses in lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.). Journal of Chemical Ecology 39: 413-417.
Ballhorn_et_Al._2013_JChemEcol.pdf
22. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Schädler M (2013) Induced plant defense via volatile production is dependent on rhizobial symbiosis. Oecologia 172: 833-846.
Ballhorn_et_al._2013_Oecologia.pdf
21. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Heil M (2013) Distance and sex determine host plant choice by herbivorous beetles. PLOS ONE 8(2): e55602.
Ballhorn_et_al_2013_PLOSONE.pdf
20. Kautz S, Rubin BER, Russell, JA & Moreau CS (2013) Surveying the microbiome of ants: Comparing 454 pyrosequencing with traditional methods to uncover bacterial diversity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79(2): 525-534.
Kautz_et_al._2013_AEM.pdf
19. Kautz, S, Ballhorn, DJ, Kroiß, J, Pauls, SU, Moreau, CS, Eilmus, S, Strohm, E, Heil, M (2012) Host plant use by competing acacia-ants: Mutualists monopolize while parasites share hosts. PLOS ONE 7(5): e37691.
Kautz_et_al._PLoS_ONE_2012.pdf
18. Anderson, KE, Russell, JA, Moreau, CS, Kautz, S, Sullam, K, Hu, Y, Basinger, U, Mott,  BM, Buck, N & Wheeler, DE (2012) Highly similar microbial communities are shared among related and trophically similar ant species. Molecular Ecology 21: 2282-2296.
Anderson_et_al._MolEcol_2012.pdf
17. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Jensen, M, Heil M, Hegeman AD (2011) Genetic and environmental interactions determine plant defences against herbivores. Journal of Ecology 99: 313-326.
Ballhornetal2011_JEcol_Abiotics.pdf
16. Kautz S & Moreau CS (2011) Creating Encyclopedia of Life’s species pages for ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae): What we have done and what remains to be done.  Myrmecological News 14: 69-72.
Kautz&Moreau_MN_ 2011.pdf
15. Heil M, Orona-Tamayo D, Eilmus S, Kautz S, González-Teuber M (2010) Chemical communication and coevolution in an ant-plant mutualism. Chemoecology 20: 63-74.
Heiletal_Chemoecology2010.pdf
14. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Lieberei R (2010) Comparing responses of generalist and specialist herbivores to different cyanogenic plant features. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 134: 245-259.
Ballhornetal2010_Experimentalis.pdf
13. Kautz S, Pauls SU, Ballhorn DJ, Lumbsch HT, Heil M (2009) Polygynous supercolonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex peperi, an inferior colony founder. Molecular Ecology 18: 5180-5194.
Kautzetal2009_MolEcol.pdf
12. Heil M, González-Teuber M, Clement LWC, Kautz S, Verhaagh M, Silva Bueno JC (2009) Divergent investment strategies of Acacia myrmecophytes and the coexistence of mutualists and parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106: 18091-18096.
Heiletal2009_PNAS.pdf
11. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Heil M, Hegeman AD (2009) Analyzing plant defenses in nature. Plant Signaling, Behavior 4: 743-745.
Ballhorn_et_al_2009_PS&B.pdf
10. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Heil M, Hegeman AD (2009) Cyanogenesis of wild lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) is an efficient direct defence in nature. PLoS ONE 4: e5450.
Ballhornetal2009_PLoSONE.pdf
9. Kautz S, Schmid VS, Trindl A, Heinze J, Ballhorn DJ, Heil M (2009) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the plant-ant Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus (Formicidae: Pseudomyrmecinae) and cross-testing for two congeneric species. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 1016-1019.
Kautzetal2009_Primernotes.pdf
8. Kautz S, Lumbsch HT, Ward PS, Heil M (2009) How to prevent cheating: a digestive specialization ties mutualistic plant-ants to their ant-plant partners. Evolution. 63: 839-853.
Kautzetal2009_Evolution.pdf
7. Schmid VS, Kautz S, Trindl A, Heinze J (2009) PCR primers for polymorphic microsatellite loci in the ant Pseudomyrmex gracilis (Formicidae: Pseudomyrmecinae). Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 1150-1152.
Schmidetal2009_Primernotes.pdf
6. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Rakotoarivelo FP (2009) Quantitative variability of cyanogenesis in Cathariostachys madagascariensis ― the main food plant of bamboo lemurs in southeastern Madagascar. American Journal of Primatolology 71: 305-315.
Ballhornetal2009_Cmad.pdf
5. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Lion U, Heil M (2008) Trade-offs between direct and indirect defenses of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus). Journal of Ecology 96: 971-980. + Cover.
Ballhornetal2008_JEcol.pdf
4. Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Lion U, Heil M (2008) Qualitative variability of lima bean’s VOC bouquets and its consequences on plant-plant communication. Plant Signaling, Behavior 3: 1005-1007.
Ballhornetal2008_PS&B.pdf
3. Schmitt I, Kautz S, Lumbsch HT (2008) 6-MSAS-like polyketide synthase genes occur in lichenized ascomycetes. Mycological Research 112: 289-296.
Schmittetal2008.pdf
2. del Prado R, Schmitt I, Kautz S, Palice Z, Lücking R, Lumbsch HT (2006) Morphological and molecular evidence places the Trypetheliaceae in the Dothideomycetes. Mycological Research 110: 511-520.
delPrado_etal_2006.pdf
1. Schmitt I, Martín MP, Kautz S, Lumbsch HT (2005) Diversity of non-reducing polyketide synthase genes in the Pertusariales (lichenized Ascomycota): a phylogenetic perspective. Phytochemistry 66: 1241-1253.
Schmittetal2005.pdf

Scientific meetings

Godschalx AL, Trisel JA, Kautz S, Ballhorn DJ (2013) Root to shoot defense: Indirect plant defenses are affected by rhizobia. Ecological Society of America Meeting. Minnesota, MN, USA. Oral presentation.
Neill JE, Kautz S, Ballhorn DJ (2013) Endophytic fungi associated with wild lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) and sympatric plant species in Southern Mexico. Ecological Society of America Meeting. Minnesota, MN, USA. Oral presentation.
Kautz S, Ballhorn DJ (2012) The negative effects of ant attraction by induced plant defenses. EntSoc 60th annual meeting. Knoxville, USA. Oral presentation.
Rubin BER, Kautz S, Moreau CS (2012). The genome of the arboreal ant, Pseudomyrmex gracilis. EntSoc 60th annual meeting. Knoxville, USA. Poster presentation.
Kautz S, Ballhorn DJ (2012) Concerted effects of direct and indirect plant defenses in nature: A case study using lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.). Ecological Society of America 97th annual meeting. Portland, OR, USA. Oral presentation.
Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Schädler M (2012) Rhizobial symbiosis affects higher trophic levels by altering direct and indirect plant defenses. Ecological Society of America 97th annual meeting. Portland, OR, USA. Oral presentation.
Kautz S, Rubin BE, Moreau CS (2011) Surveying the microbiome using 454 sequencing: Diversity and putative functions of bacteria in ants. EntSoc 59th annual meeting. Reno, NV, USA. Oral presentation.
Rubin BE, Kautz S, Moreau CS (2011) Genomic and dietary consequences of plant-ant mutualism. EntSoc 59th annual meeting. Reno, NV, USA. Oral presentation.
Kautz S, Rubin BE, Moreau CS (2010) Survey of bacterial diversity in the giant neotropical bullet ant Paraponera clavata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) using 454 pyrosequencing. EntSoc 58th annual meeting. San Diego, CA, USA. Oral presentation.
Rubin BE, Kautz S, Emery V, Moreau CS (2010) Evolution of mutualism in acacia-ants. EntSoc 58th annual meeting. San Diego, CA, USA. Oral presentation.
Zufan S, Wray BD, Rubin BE, Kautz S, Moreau CS (2010) Evolutionary histories of bacterial endosymbionts and their herbivorous ant hosts. EntSoc 58th annual meeting. San Diego, CA, USA. Poster presentation.
Schmid VS, Rössler T, Wanke D, Kautz S, Heinze J (2010) Sociogenetics and population genetics of Pseudomyrmex gracilis (Formicidae). 103rd annual meeting of the Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (German Zoological Society). Hamburg, Germany. Poster presentation.
Kautz S, Rubin BE, Moreau CS (2010) Evaluating methods to assess microbe diversity in ants: trade-offs between traditional approaches and 454 pyrosequencing. IUSSI XVI Congress. Copenhagen, Denmark. Oral presentation.
Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Schmitt I (2010) Fungal endophytes and their secondary compounds in giant bamboo on Madagascar. Joint meeting of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) and of the International Symposium on Fungal Endophytes of Grasses (ISFEG). Lexington, KY, USA. Oral presentation.
Ballhorn DJ, Kautz S, Schmitt I (2010) Concerted effects of plant compounds and endophytic fungi on food quality of giant bamboo to bamboo lemurs. ESA (Ecological Society of America), Pittsburg, PA, USA. Oral presentation.
Kautz S (2007) Co-evolutionäre Stabilisierung eines Mutualismus. Westdeutscher Entomologentag, Düsseldorf, Germany. Oral presentation.
Schmitt I, Martín MP, Kautz S, Lumbsch HT (2005) Diversity of non-reducing polyketide synthase genes in the Pertusariales (lichenized Ascomycota): a phylogenetic perspective. DECHEMA, 17. Irseer Naturstofftage, Irsee, Germany. Poster presentation.
Lumbsch HT, Schmitt I, Kautz S (2003) Phylogenetic relationships of lichenized and non-lichenized ascomycetes and the evolution of ascomata. The Fourth International Symbiosis Society Congress, Halifax, Canada. Poster presentation.

Awards and Honors

German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – Postdoctoral fellowship (2011-2014)
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2011)
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA – Internship grant (04/2005-07/2005).
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA – Internship grant (05/2004-07/2004).

Outreach and related experience

- Since 2010: Expert on Antweb’s AntAsk blog (http://www.antweb.org/antblog/)
- Since 2010: Participation in the “Talk to the Scientist Hour” at DNA Discovery Center and Pritzker Lab the Field Museum of Natural History
- 04/2010: DNA Discovery Center and Pritzker Lab at the Field Museum: Featured Scientist of the month for April 2010 on the Facebook page
- 06/2004: Participation in the Field Museum Member’s night 2004 (2 nights)
- 06/2005: Participation in the Field Museum Member’s night 2005 (2 nights)
- 05/2011: Participation in the Field Museum Member’s night 2011 (1 night)

Teaching Experience

The Field Museum – Phylogenetics Workshop for NSF REU students. Co-taught lecture and computer laboratory with Andŕe Sartori. 2011.
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – Plant determination course (Übung “Blütenbestimmung” für das Grundstudium). Instructor for lecture and practical course. 2009.
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – Upper division course “Ants: Ecology and Behavior” (Kurs “Ameisen: Ökologie und Verhalten” für das Hauptstudium). Instructor. 2009.                                                                                                                                          University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – Upper division course “Morphology and Systematics of Plants” (Kurs: “Morphologie und Systematik der Pflanzen”). Lecture and lab. Instructor. 2009.
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – “Plant Ecology”. Graduate teaching assistant for lab. Taught by Dr. D.J. Ballhorn. 2007 & 2008
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – “Plant determination” and “Plant microscopy”. Undergraduate teaching assistant in lab for instructors: Drs. H. Kutzelnigg (2x), M. Jensen (3x), U. Lions (1x), K. Vogels (2x). 2003-2006
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany – Leading several excursions: “Ecology of flowering plants”, “Spring flowers”, “Ethnobotany”, “Trees in winter”, “Ethnobotanical uses of cacao”, “Plant defenses”, “Ants in the ecosystem forest”, “Medicinal plants”. 2003-2009.
University of Wuppertal, Germany, Department of Architecture – Leading invited excursion “Plants in urban areas”. 2009.

Co-supervised interns in the Moreau Lab

Arista Tischner (CIRRUS Summer Undergraduate Intern 2011; NSF REU Summer Undergraduate Intern 2012)
William Montag (Summer Undergraduate Intern 2010 and NSF REU Summer Undergraduate Intern 2011)
Sara Zufan (NSF REU Summer Undergraduate Intern 2010)
Ariadne Lumayag (CIRRUS Summer Undergraduate Intern 2010)
Alexandrea Gray (Summer High School Intern 2010)

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