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Oliver Otti

I moved to Dresden in 12/2021 and I now work at TU Dresden

within the Applied Zoology Group.

My interest in science is centred on the evolutionary and ecological aspects of sexual selection, host- parasite interactions, and immunity. Over the past years, I have worked extensively on evolutionary and behavioural ecology, particularly on the conflict between individuals or species, whether it be conflicts between host and parasite or between male and female. Sexual reproduction and parasitism have always been the central interests in my life as a biologist. Moreover, it is increasingly being recognised that female responses to sexual conflict and host responses to parasites are not mutually exclusive topics but rather are intimately connected. I am convinced that linking reproduction with host-microbe interactions will give many novel insights into how individuals deal with opportunistic infections and parasites and optimize reproductive investment.

For more info please visit my website.




Dimitri Seidenath, Andreas Mittereder, Thomas Hillenbrand, Dieter Brüggemann, Oliver Otti, Heike Feldhaar: Do diesel exhaust particles in pollen affect colony founding in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris?. In: Insectes Sociaux, (2024). - .


Dimitri Seidenath, Alfons Weig, Andreas Mittereder, Thomas Hillenbrand, Dieter Brüggemann, Thorsten Opel, Nico Langhof, Marcel Riedl, Heike Feldhaar, Oliver Otti: Diesel exhaust particles alter gut microbiome and gene expression in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. In: Ecology and Evolution, 13 (2023). - .

Frederic Hüftlein, Dimitri Seidenath, Andreas Mittereder, Thomas Hillenbrand, Dieter Brüggemann, Oliver Otti, Heike Feldhaar, Christian Laforsch, Matthias Schott: Effects of diesel exhaust particles on the health and survival of the buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris after acute and chronic oral exposure. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, 458 (2023). - .


Anja Holzinger, Magdalena Mair, Darleen Lücker, Dimitri Seidenath, Thorsten Opel, Nico Langhof, Oliver Otti, Heike Feldhaar: Comparison of fitness effects in the earthworm Eisenia fetida after exposure to single or multiple anthropogenic pollutants. In: Science of the Total Environment, 838, Part 3 (2022). - .

Christian Massino, Cornelia Wetzker, Ondřej Balvín, Tomáš Bartonička, Jana Křemenová, Markéta Sasínková, Oliver Otti, Klaus Reinhardt: Seminal fluid and sperm diluent affect sperm metabolism in an insect : Evidence from NAD(P)H and flavin adenine dinucleotide autofluorescence lifetime imaging. In: Microscopy Research and Technique, 85 (2022). - S. 398-411.


Dimitri Seidenath, Anja Holzinger, Klara Kemnitz, Nico Langhof, Darleen Lücker, Thorsten Opel, Oliver Otti, Heike Feldhaar: Individual vs. Combined Short-Term Effects of Soil Pollutants on Colony Founding in a Common Ant Species. In: Frontiers in Insect Science, 1 (2021). - .

Jana Křemenová, Tomáš Bartonička, Ondřej Balvín, Christian Massino, Klaus Reinhardt, Markéta Sasínková, Alfons Weig, Oliver Otti: Male diet affects female fitness and sperm competition in human- and bat-associated lineages of the common bedbug, Cimex lectularius. In: Scientific Reports, 11 (2021). - .


Sara Bellinvia, Andrea Spachtholz, Ina Borgwardt, Bastian Schauer, Oliver Otti: Female immunity in response to sexually transmitted opportunistic bacteria in the common bedbug Cimex lectularius. In: Journal of Insect Physiology, 123 (2020). - .

Jana Křemenová, Ondřej Balvín, Oliver Otti, Michal Pavonič, Klaus Reinhardt, Zdeněk Šimek, Tomáš Bartonička: Identification and age-dependence of pteridines in bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) and bat bugs (C. pipistrelli) using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. In: Scientific Reports, 10 (2020). - .

Sara Bellinvia, Paul R. Johnston, Susan Mbedi, Oliver Otti: Mating changes the genital microbiome in both sexes of the common bedbug Cimex lectularius across populations. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287 (2020). - .

Heike Feldhaar, Oliver Otti: Pollutants and Their Interaction with Diseases of Social Hymenoptera. In: Insects, 11 (2020). - .

Seth M. Barribeau, Oliver Otti: Sexual Reproduction and Immunity . In: (Hrsg.): Encyclopedia of Life Sciences : ELS. - Chichester: Wiley, 2020.

Panupong Thongprem, Sophie E. F. Evison, Gregory D. D. Hurst, Oliver Otti: Transmission, Tropism, and Biological Impacts of Torix Rickettsia in the Common Bed Bug Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). In: Frontiers in Microbiology, 11 (2020). - .

Sara Bellinvia, Paul R. Johnston, Klaus Reinhardt, Oliver Otti: Bacterial communities of the reproductive organs of virgin and mated common bedbugs, Cimex lectularius. In: Ecological Entomology, 45 (2020). - S. 142-154.

Simon Tragust, Pina Brinker, Natacha Rossel, Oliver Otti: Balancing Life History Investment Decisions in Founding Ant Queens. In: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8 (2020). - .

Gitta Baeuerle, Heike Feldhaar, Oliver Otti: Comparing a Potential External Immune Defense Trait to Internal Immunity in Females of Wild Bumblebees. In: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8 (2020). - .


Oliver Otti, Peter Deines, Katrin Hammerschmidt, Klaus Reinhardt: Do Bacteria Change Their Language When They Enter the Body Through Wounds? Answers From Bedbug Experiments. In: Frontiers for Young Minds, 7 (2019). - .

Elena Kaufmann, Oliver Otti: Males increase their fitness by choosing large females in the common bedbug Cimex lectularius. In: Animal Biology, 69 (2019). - S. 17-32.


Oliver Otti, Peter Deines, Katrin Hammerschmidt, Klaus Reinhardt: Regular Wounding in a Natural System : Bacteria Associated With Reproductive Organs of Bedbugs and Their Quorum Sensing Abilities. In: Frontiers in Immunology, 8 (2017). - .


Bettina Kaldun, Oliver Otti: Condition-dependent ejaculate production affects male mating behavior in the common bedbug Cimex lectularius. In: Ecology and Evolution, 6 (2016). - S. 2548-2558.


Tobias Gegner, Oliver Otti, Simon Tragust, Heike Feldhaar: Do microsporidia function as “biological weapon” for Harmonia axyridis under natural conditions?. In: Insect Science, 22 (2015). - S. 353-359.

Oliver Otti, Paul R. Johnston, Gavin J. Horsburgh, Juan Galindo, Klaus Reinhardt: Female transcriptomic response to male genetic and nongenetic ejaculate variation. In: Behavioral Ecology, 26 (2015). - S. 681-688.

Oliver Otti: Genitalia-associated microbes in insects. In: Insect Science, 22 (2015). - S. 325-339.

Toby Fountain, Roger K. Butlin, Klaus Reinhardt, Oliver Otti: Outbreeding effects in an inbreeding insect, Cimex lectularius. In: Ecology and Evolution, 5 (2015). - S. 409-418.


Oliver Otti, Simon Tragust, Heike Feldhaar: Unifying external and internal immune defences. In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 29 (2014). - S. 625-634.


Oliver Otti, Aimee P. McTighe, Klaus Reinhardt: In vitro antimicrobial sperm protection by an ejaculate-like substance. In: Functional Ecology, 27 (2013). - S. 219-226.


Klaus Reinhardt, Oliver Otti: Comparing sperm swimming speed. In: Evolutionary Ecology Research, 14 (2012). - S. 1039-1056.

Oliver Otti, Iris Gantenbein-Ritter, Alain Jacot, Martin W. G. Brinkhof: Immune response increases predation risk. In: Evolution, 66 (2012). - S. 732-739.


Marcel P. Haesler, Charlotte M. Lindeyer, Oliver Otti, Danielle Bonfils, Dik Heg, Michael Taborsky: Female mouthbrooders in control of pre- and postmating sexual selection. In: Behavioral Ecology, 22 (2011). - S. 1033-1041.


Fardo Witsenburg, Roger Schürch, Oliver Otti, Dik Heg: Behavioural types and ecological effects in a natural population of the cooperative cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. In: Animal Behaviour, 80 (2010). - S. 757-767.


Oliver Otti, Richard A. Naylor, Michael T. Siva-Jothy, Klaus Reinhardt: Bacteriolytic Activity in the Ejaculate of an Insect. In: The American Naturalist, 174 (2009). - S. 292-295.


Alain Jacot, Hannes Scheuber, Barbara Holzer, Oliver Otti, Martin W. G. Brinkhof: Diel variation in a dynamic sexual display and its association with female mate-searching behaviour. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275 (2008). - S. 579-585.

Oliver Otti, Paul Schmid-Hempel: A field experiment on the effect of Nosema bombi in colonies of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. In: Ecological Entomology, 33 (2008). - S. 577-582.

Oliver Otti, Ben M. Sadd: Parental guidance? Trans-generational influences on offspring life history in mosquitoes. In: Trends in Parasitology, 24 (2008). - S. 197-199.


Oliver Otti, Paul Schmid-Hempel: Nosema bombi : A pollinator parasite with detrimental fitness effects. In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 96 (2007). - S. 118-124.


Dik Heg, Ralph Bergmüller, Danielle Bonfils, Oliver Otti, Zina Bachar, Reto Burri, Gerald Heckel, Michael Taborsky: Cichlids do not adjust reproductive skew to the availability of independent breeding options. In: Behavioral Ecology, 17 (2006). - S. 419-429.


Dr. Oliver Otti
Group Leader

TU Dresden

Applied Zoology

E-Mail: oliver.otti@tu-dresden.de
Homepage: Ottis website
ResearchGate: Oliver Otti

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Univ. Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar

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