Rudolf Jander

Professor, Emeritus
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Dr. Jander's research focuses on experimental analysis of behavioral mechanisms and reconstruction of behavioral macro-evolution.

My research focuses on experimental analysis of behavioral mechanisms and reconstruction of behavioral macro-evolution. The behavioral mechanisms studied include spatial orientation, visual perception, and learning. Specific topics for macro-evolutionary investigations include spatial orientation, grooming behavior, insect communicatin and pollen collecting in bees. This work emphasizes social insects, and includes a variety of arthropod and non-arthropod taxa.

Selected Publications

  • Najera, D. A., E. L. McCullough, and R. Jander. 2012. "Interpatch foraging in honeybees – rational decision making at secondary hubs based upon time and motivation" Animal Cognition. 15(6). 1195-1203.
  • Najera, D. A. and R. Jander. 2012. "Honeybee methodology and theory: reconciling local directional decision making in interpatch foraging and interpreting their theoretical relevance" Animal Cognition. 15(2). 251-263.
  • Palikij, J., E. Ebert, M. Preston, A. McBride, and R. Jander. 2012. "Evidence for the honeybee’s place knowledge in the vicinity of the hive" Journal of Insect Physiology. 58. 1289-1298.
  • Helmy, O. and R. Jander. 2002. "Topochemical learning in the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)" Insectes Sociaux. 50. 32-39.
  • Jander, U. and R. Jander. 2002. "Allometry and resolution of bee eyes (Apoidea)" Arthropod Structure and Development. 30. 179-193.
  • Bardunias, P. and R. Jander. 2000. "Three dimensional path integration in the house mouse (Mus domestica)" Naturwissenschaften. 87. 532-534.
  • Alyan, S. H., R. Jander, and P. J. Best. 2000. "Navigation by landmarks in hippocampectomized rats" Brain Research. 876. 225-237.
  • Perez, S. M., O. R. Taylor, and R. Jander. 1999. "The effect of a strong magnetic field on monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migratory behavior" Naturwissenschaften. 86. 140-143.
  • Perez, S. M., O. R. Taylor, and R. Jander. 1999. "Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are disoriented by strong magnetic field" Naturwissenschaften. 86. 140-143.
  • Etheredge, J. A., S. M. Perez, O. R. Taylor, and R. Jander. 1999. "Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus L.) use a magnetic compass for navigation" Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 23. 13845-13846.
  • Jander, R.. 1999. "Floating and nest adoption in a nesting aggregation of the Mexican Opuntia bee, Diadesia knabiana (Apidae)" B. Alexander Memorial Volume. 179-186.
  • Jander, R. and U. Jander. 1998. "The light and magnetic compass of the Australian weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)." Ethology. 104. 743-758.
  • Jander, R.. 1998. "Olfactory learning of fruit odors in the Eastern Yellow Jacket, Vespula maculifrons (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)." Journal of Insect Behavior. 11. 879-889.
  • Alyan, S. H. and R. Jander. 1997. "Interplay of directional navigation mechanisms as a function of near-goal distance: experiments with the house mouse" Behavioural Processes. 41. 245-255.
  • Alyan, S. H. and R. Jander. 1997. "Exploration is sufficient but not necessary for navigation with landmarks in the house mouse (Mus musculus)" Learning and Motivation. 28. 558-576.
  • Perez, S. M., O. R. Taylor, and R. Jander. 1997. "A sun compass in monarch butterflies" Nature. 378. 29.
  • Jander, R.. 1996. "Macroevolution of a fixed action pattern for learning" Comparative Psychology of Invertebrates. edited by Greenberg, G. and E. Tobach. 79-99.
  • Alyan, S. H. and R. Jander. 1994. "Short-range homing in the house mouse, Mus musculus: stages in the learning of directions" Animal Behaviour. 48. 285-298.
  • Jander, U. and R. Jander. 1994. "Numerical allometric growth of the ommatidia, antennal sensilla, and teeth of foretibial combs in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus Dallas (Heteroptera: Lygaeidae)" International Journal of Insect Morphology & Embryology. 23. 329-344.
  • Jander, U. and R. Jander. 1993. "Randomness in ontogeny. On antennal grooming in the Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus fasciatus" Ethology. 94. 89-108.
  • Jander, R.. 1990. "Arboreal search in ants: search on branches (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)" J. Insect Behav.. 3. 515-527.
  • Jander, R.. 1988. "The American Bellflower, Campanula americana, and its pollinators" Verh. Dtsch. Zool. Ges.. 1988.
  • Jander, R.. 1986. "On the conceptual integration of Ethology and neurophysiology" Brain and Behavioral Sciences. 9. 611-612.
  • DuBois, M. B. and R. Jander. 1985. "Leg coordination and swimming in an ant, Camponotus americanus" Physiol. Ent.. 10. 267-270.
  • Jander, R.. 1982. "Random and systematic search in foraging insects" The biology of social insects. edited by Breed, M. D., C. D. Michener, and H. E. Evans. 28-31.
  • Jander, R.. 1982. "7: Object orientation in mealworm beetles" Insect behavior. edited by Matthews, J. R. and R. W. Matthews. 47-51.
  • Jander, R.. 1982. "32: Modeling of random search paths and foraging paths" Insect behavior. edited by Matthews, J. R. and R. W. Matthews. 223-229.
  • Jander, R.. 1982. "12: Foraging orientation of honey bees" Insect behavior. edited by Matthews, J. R. and R. W. Matthews. 82-86.
  • Franklin, R., W. J. Bell, and R. Jander. 1981. "Rotational locomotion by the cockroach Blatella germanica" J. Ins. Physiol.. 27. 249-255.
  • Jander, R.. 1981. "General semiotics and biosemiotics" University of Kansas Humanistic Studies. 53. 225-250.
  • Jander, R. and U. Jander. 1979. "An exact field test for the fadeout time of the odor trails of the Asian weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina)" Ins. Soc.. 26. 165-169.
  • Jander, R. and U. Jander. 1978. "Wing grooming in bees (Apoidea) and the evolution of wing grooming in insects" J. Kansas Entomol. Soc.. 51. 653-665.
  • Michener, C. D., M. L. Winston, and R. Jander. 1978. "Pollen manipulation and related activities and structures in bees of the family Apidae" University of Kansas Science Bulletin. 5. 575-601.
  • Franklin, R., R. Jander, and K. Ele. 1977. "The coordination, mechanics and evolution of swimming by a grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis) (Orthoptera: Acrididae)" J. Kansas Entomol. Soc.. 50. 180-199.
  • Jander, R.. 1976. "Grooming and the pollen manipulation in bees (Apoidea): The nature and evolution of movements involving the foreleg" Physiol. Ent.. 1. 170-194.
  • Jander, R.. 1975. "Ecological aspects of animal orientation" Ann. Rev. Ecol. Syst.. 6. 171-188.
  • Jander, R. and K. Daumer. 1974. "Guide-line and gravity orientation of blind termites foraging in the open (Termitidae: Macrotermes, Hospitalitermes)" Insectes Soc.. 21. 45-69.
  • Jander, R.. 1973. "Interaction of light and gravity orientation in Daphina pulex" Fortschritte der Zoologie. 23. 174-184.
  • Jander, R. and D. Quadagno. 1973. "An interval scale for measuring visual pattern discrimination of a mammal (Rattus norvegicus)" Behav. Biol.. 12. 93-94.
  • Maschwitz, U., R. Jander, and D. Burkhardt. 1972. "Wehrsubstanzen und Wehrverhalten der Termite Macrotermes carbonarius" J. Ins. Physiol.. 18. 1715-1720.
  • Jander, R. and M. Schweder. 1971. "Über das Formunterscheidungsvermögen der Schmeißfliege Calliphora erythrocephala" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 72. 186-196.
  • Jander, R.. 1971. "Visual pattern recognition in animals" Zeichenerkiennung durch biologische und technische Systeme. 49-54.
  • Jander, R.. 1971. "Visual pattern recognition and directional orientation in insects" Proceed. New York Acad. Sci.. 188. 5-11.
  • Jander, R. and U. Jander. 1970. "Über die Phylogenie der Geotaxis innerhalb der Bienen (Apoidea)" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 66. 355-368.
  • Jander, R.. 1970. "Ein Ansatz für die moderne Elementarbeschreibung der Orientierungshandlung" Z. Tierpsychol.. 27. 771-778.
  • Jander, R., M. Fabritius, and M. Fabritius. 1970. "Die Bedeutung von Gliederung und Kantenrichtung für die visuele Formunterscheidung der Wespe Vespa saxonica am Flugloch" Z. Tierpsychol.. 27. 881-893.
  • Jander, R., E. Horn, and M. H. Hoffmann. 1970. "Die Bedeutung von Gelenkrezptoren in den Beinen fur die Geotaxis der hoheren Insekten (Pterygota)" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 66. 326-342.
  • Jander, R. and I. Volk-Heinrich. 1970. "Das strauch-spezifische visuelle Perceptor-System der Stabheuschrecke (Carausius morosus)" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 70. 425-447.
  • Jander, R.. 1969. "Wie erkennen Stabheuschrecken Sträucher? Attrappenversuche zum Formensehen eines Insektes" Verh. Dtsch. Zool. Ges.. 33. 592-595.
  • Jander, R.. 1968. "Über die Ethometrie von Schlüsselreizen, die Theorie der telotaktischen Wahlhandlung und das Potenzprinzip der terminalen Cumulation bei Arthropden" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 59. 319-356.
  • Barry, C. K. and R. Jander. 1968. "Photoinhibitory function of the dorsal ocelli in the phototactic reaction of the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria L" Nature. 217. 675-677.
  • Jander, R. and C. K. Barry. 1968. "Die phototaktische Gegenkopplung von Stirnocellen and Facettenaugen in Phototropotaxis der heuschrecken und Grillen (Saltatoptera: Locusta migratoria und Gryllus bimaculatus)" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 59. 319-356.
  • Jander, R.. 1965. "Die Phylogenie von Orientierungsmechanismen von Arthropoden" Verh. Dtsch. Zool. Ges.. 1965. 266-306.
  • Jander, R.. 1965. "Die Hauptentwicklungsstufen der Lichtorientierung bei den tierischen Organismen" Nat. Rundschau. 18. 318-325.
  • Jander, R.. 1964. "Die Detectortheorie optischer Auslösemechganismen von Insekten" Z. Tierpsychol.. 21. 302-307.
  • Jander, R., K. Daumer, and T. H. Waterman. 1963. "Polarized light orientation by two Hawaiian decapod cephalopods" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 46. 383-394.
  • Daumer, K., R. Jander, and T. H. Waterman. 1963. "Orientation of the ghost crab Ocypode on polarized light" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 47. 56-76.
  • Jander, R.. 1963. "Insect orientation" Ann. Rev. Entomol.. 8. 95-114.
  • Jander, R.. 1963. "Grundleistungen der Licht- und Schwerkraftorientierung von Insekten" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 47. 381-430.
  • Jander, R. and C. Voss. 1963. "Die Bedeutung von Streifenmustern für das Formensehen der Roten Waldameise (Formica rufa L.)" Z. Tierpsychol.. 20. 1-9.
  • Linsenmair, K. E. and R. Jander. 1963. "Das 'Entspannungsschwimmen' von Velia und Stenus" Naturwissenschaften. 50. 231.
  • Jander, R.. 1962. "The swimming plane of the crustacean Mysidium gracile Dana" Biol. Bull.. 122. 380-390.
  • Jander, R. and T. H. Waterman. 1960. "Sensory discrimination between polarized light and light intensity patterns by arthropods" J. Cell. Comp. Physiol.. 56. 137-360.
  • Jander, R.. 1960. "Menotaxis und Winkeltransponiere bei Köcherfliegen (Trichoptera)" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 43. 680-686.
  • Frisch, K. v. and R. Jander. 1957. "Uber den Schwänzeltanz der Bienen" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 40. 239-263.
  • Jander, R.. 1957. "Die optische Richungsorientierung der Roten Waldameise (Formica rufa L.)" Z. vergl. Physiol.. 40. 162-238.

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