Félix Baumgarten Rosumek

2015 - : PhD canditate at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Thesis title: "The role of functional morphology in the choice and use of trophic resources in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)".

2010 - : Biologist in Department of Ecology and Zoology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Main duties: researcher in Laboratory of Ant Biology and technical support.

2007 - 2009: Master in Ecology at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Thesis topic: "Conservation? Why? Discussing the arguments and goals of environmentalist ideology".

2002 - 2007: Bachelor in Biology at Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Thesis topic: "Ecology of Liolaemus occipitalis (Squamata: Tropiduridae) in sand dunes of Joaquina Beach, Santa Catarina Island, south Brazil".

 Research interests     

My current research is focused in ant ecology, merging morphology, chemical analyses and field data to answer questions such as: how use of resources shape ant communities around the world? Is morphology linked with function? Could we use morphological traits to predict ecological functions of species? What is the meaning of life?


I'm also interested in ecology and myrmecology in general, and have a soft spot for reptiles, too.


Although not currently working on it, theory, history and philosophy of science are past and future research interests, particularly environmentalist philosophy. I worked also in the “practical” side of conservation, having participated on the evaluation of ants for the official lists of threatened species for Santa Catarina state and Brazil.

Background photo by Alex Wild.


rosumek (at) hotmail.com

B1|01, Room 259 

Felix Baumgarten Rosumek

Fachbereich Biologie

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Schnittspahnstr. 3

64287 Darmstadt



Phone +49 6151 16-75416

 Research projects  


Use of resources in ant communities (TU Darmstadt/JGU Mainz)


PPBio Atlantic Rainforest (CNPq/UFSC)







Rosumek FB. Natural history of ants: what we (do not) know about trophic and temporal niches of Neotropical species. Sociobiology, in press.

Rosumek FB, Brückner A, Blüthgen N, Menzel F, Heethoff M. Patterns and dynamics of neutral lipid fatty acids in ants - implications for ecological studies. Frontiers in Zoology, v.14, 2017. DOI: 10.1186/s12983-017-0221-1.

Ulysséa MA, Cereto CE, Rosumek FB, Silva RR, Lopes BC. Updated list of ant species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) recorded in Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil, with a discussion of research advances and priorities. Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, v.55, p.603 - 611, 2011.

Rosumek FB, Martins RP. Ecology, philosophy and conservation. Natureza & Conservação, v.08, p.87 - 89, 2010. [in Portuguese].


Rosumek FB, Silveira FAO., Neves FS, Barbosa NPU, Diniz L, Oki Y, Pezzini F, Fernandes GW, Cornelissen T. Ants on plants: a meta-analysis of the role of ants as plant biotic defenses. Oecologia, v.160, p.537 - 549, 2009.

Rosumek FB. Association of Eremanthus erytrhopappus (DC.) McLeish (Asteraceae) with ants and its relationship with ground-dwelling ants, in an altitude forest, central Minas Gerais state. Lundiana, v.9, p.41 - 47, 2008 [in Portuguese].


Rosumek FB, Ulysséa MA, Lopes BC, Steiner J, Zillikens A. Ground and bromeliad-nesting ants in an Atlantic Forest area, Santa Catarina Island, south Brazil: Species inventory and new records. Biotemas, v.21, p.81 - 89, 2008 [in Portuguese].





Rosumek FB, Martins RP. Conservation? Why? Discussing the arguments and goals of environmentalist ideology. Master thesis, UFMG, 2009. [in Portuguese]

Rosumek FB, Graipel ME. Ecology of Liolaemus occipitalis (Squamata: Tropiduridae) in sand dunes of Joaquina Beach, Santa Catarina Island, south Brazil. Bachelor thesis, UFSC, 2007. [in Portuguese]