Alice Laciny

associate scientist
Alice Lacinys ORCID record:
Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Evolutions- und Kognitionsforschung, Klosterneuburg
Academic qualifications
2007 – 2011: Bachelor graduation course, University of Vienna
2011 – 2014: Master graduation course, zoology, University of Vienna
April 15th 2014: MSc “Mating success and ectoparasitic load in the red soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva (Coleoptera, Cantharidae)”, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna
2015 – 2019: PhD student, Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna. Dissertation topic “Phenotypic integration and caste characterization in the ant tribe Camponotini”, supervised by a.o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Leo Nemeschkal
January 29th 2019: PhD graduation, University of Vienna

Professional experience
2011 – 2014: Tutor for first-semester students of biology, University of Vienna
2014: Internship (240 hours) at the Institute for Parasitology, Veterinary University of Vienna
August 2014 – January 2019: Technical assistant for WWTF project “Voluntary Self-Sacrifice in Exploding Ants: a mechanism to defend co-evolved microbiomes?” at Natural History Museum Vienna.
February 2019 – ongoing: Postdoctoral fellow, project title “EcoEvoDevo in action: Parasite-induced morphologies in ants”, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg

Additional experience and awards
October 2014 – ongoing: Assistant editor of the Journal of the Austrian Entomologists' Association (AÖE), editor for English language articles
2017: Participation and certificate for MOOC Medical Entomology, Institut Pasteur
March 2017 – ongoing: President of the Austrian Entomologists' Association (AÖE)
March 2018: Winner of the ÖEG (Austrian Entomological Society) sponsorship grant for the publication “Morphological variation and mermithism in female castes of Colobopsis sp. nrSA, a Bornean "exploding ant" of the Colobopsis cylindrica group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).”
May 2018 – ongoing: Content producer and writer for Myrmecological News Blog

Additional skills and interests
Languages and Communication: English - fluent (Cambridge Certificate); French - advanced (B2); Hungarian, Russian - basic (A1).
Scientific writing and publishing; editorial and peer-review experience; publications, posters, and talks in English and German; scientific communication and education.
Zittra C., Kocziha Z., Pinnyei S., Harl J., Kieser K., Laciny A., Eigner B., Silbermayr K., G Duscher G.G., Fok É. and Fuehrer H.-P. (2015) Screening blood-fed mosquitoes for the diagnosis of filarioid helminths and avian malaria. Parasites and Vectors 8: 4-9. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-0637-4
Werblow A., Flechl E., Klimpel S., Zittra C., Lebl K., Kieser K., Laciny A., Silbermayr K., Melaun C. and Fuehrer H.-P. (2016) Direct PCR of indigenous and invasive mosquito species: a time- and cost-effective technique of mosquito barcoding. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 30: 8-13 doi: 10.1111/mve.12154
Laciny A. & Nemeschkal H. (2015) Disassortative parasitic infestation by larval mites of the genus Trombidium (Acari: Trombidiidae) influences mate choice in a population of the cantharid beetle Rhagonycha fulva Scopoli, 1763 (Coleoptera: Cantharidae). Entomologica Austriaca 0022: 75-89.
Zettel H. & Laciny A. (2015) Contributions to the taxonomy of the ant genus Echinopla Smith, 1857 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, 62(1): 101-121. doi: 10.3897/dez.62.5093
Laciny A., Pal A. & Zettel H. (2015) Taxonomic notes on the ant genus Diacamma Mayr, 1862 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 67: 83-136.

Zettel H. & Laciny A. (2015) A new species of Pristomyrmex Mayr, 1866 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Mindoro, the Philippines.  Asian Myrmecology 7: 1-4.
Laciny A., Zettel H., Pal A. & Zimmermann D. (2016) The ant genus Pristomyrmex (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the collection of the Natural History Museum Vienna. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien, B 118: 61-72.

Laciny A., Zettel H. & Druzhinina I. (2016) Workers, soldiers, and gynes – morphometric characterization and description of the female castes of Camponotus singularis (Smith, 1858) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). – Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, 63(2): 183–193. doi: 10.3897/dez.63.9435

Zettel H., Pal A. & Laciny A. (2016) Taxonomic notes on the ant genus Diacamma Mayr, 1862 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) part 2. Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 68: 129-168.
Laciny A., Zettel H., Metscher  B., Kamariah A.S., Kopchinskiy A., Pretzer C. & Druzhinina I.S. (2017) Morphological variation and mermithism in female castes of Colobopsis sp. nrSA, a Bornean "exploding ant" of the Colobopsis cylindrica group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 24: 91-106.

Zettel H. & Laciny A. (2017) Further additions to the taxonomy and distribution of the ant genus Echinopla (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien, B 119: 7-16.
Laciny A., Zettel H., Kopchinskiy A. & Druzhinina I. (2017) Auf den Spuren der „explodierenden“ Ameisen. Das Naturhistorische, Universum Magazin, March 2017: 101-103.

Laciny A., Zettel H., Kopchinskiy A., Pretzer C., Pal A., Abu Salim K., Rahimi M. J., Hoenigsberger M., Lim L., Jaitrong W. & Druzhinina I. S. (2018) Colobopsis explodens sp.n., model species for studies on “exploding ants” (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), with biological notes and first illustrations of males of the Colobopsis cylindrica group. ZooKeys 751: 1-40,

Laciny A. (2017) Evidence of mermithism in a gyne of Lasius niger (Linnaeus, 1758) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Burgenland, Austria. Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 69: 131-138.

Zettel H., Balàka P., Yamane Sk., Laciny A., Lim L. & Druzhinina, I.S., 2018: New mimetic ants from Southeast Asia – the Camponotus(Myrmamblysinquilinus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Camponotini). – Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 70:125–174.

Zettel H., Laciny A., Jaitrong W., Syaukani S., Kopchinskiy A. & Druzhinina I. S. (2018) Evidence of predation in two species of the Colobopsis cylindrica group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Camponotini). Asian Myrmecology 10: e010011.

Zettel H., Laciny A., Balàka P. & General D. E. M. (2018) On the taxonomy of Myrmicaria Saunders, 1842 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 66: 610-623.

Hoenigsberger M., Kopchinskiy A. G., Parich A., Hiller K., Laciny A., Zettel H., Lim L.B.L., Salim K.A., Druzhinina I.S. & Schuhmacher R. (2018) Isolation of Mandibular Gland Reservoir Contents from Bornean 'Exploding Ants' (Formicidae) for Volatilome Analysis by GC-MS and MetaboliteDetector. Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE, (138). doi:10.3791/57652

Laciny A., Zettel H., Maryati M. & Noor-Izwan A. (2019) A new species of the Echinopla mezgeri group (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien, B 121: 249-255.

Hoenigsberger M., Kopchinskiy A.G., Bueschl C., Parich A., Laciny A., Zettel H., Salim K. A., Lim L. B., Druzhinina I. S. & Schuhmacher R. (2019) Volatiles from the Mandibular Gland Reservoir Content of Colobopsis explodens Laciny and Zettel, 2018, Worker Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecules 24(19): 3468.
Laciny A. (2019) Universitätsprofessor Dr. Horst Aspöck zum 80. Geburtstag. AÖE News 1: 47-59.

Laciny A., Nemeschkal H.L., Zettel H., Metscher B., Kopchinskiy A. & Druzhinina I.S. (2019) Caste-specific morphological modularity in the ant tribe Camponotini (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). BMC Zoology.

Gatti, R.C., Menéndez, L.P., Laciny, A., Rodríguez, H.B., Morante, G.B., Carmen, E., Dorninger, C., Fabris, F., Grunstra, N.D., Schnorr, S.L., Stuhlträger, J., … & Caniglia, G. (2020). Diversity lost: COVID-19 as a phenomenon of the total environment. Science of The Total Environment: 144014.

Zettel H., Laciny A., Zenz K. & Mrkvicka A., 2020: Erhebung der Aculeatenfauna (Hymenoptera) auf dem Naturdenkmal Hochberg in Perchtoldsdorf (Niederösterreich). – Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Entomologen 72: 133–161.

Zettel H., Laciny A. & Freitag H., 2020: Review of the genus Rhagovelia Mayr, 1865 (Insecta: Heteroptera: Veliidae) in the Palawan biogeographic region, the Philippines. – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 68: 810–837.
doi: 10.26107/RBZ-2020-0092

Hoenigsberger M., Pretzer C., Rahimi M.J., Kopchinskiy A.G., Parich A., Laciny A., Metscher B., Chan C.M., Lim L.B.L., Salim K.A., Zettel H., Druzhinina I.S. & Schuhmacher R., 2020: Strong antimicrobial and low insecticidal activity of mandibular gland reservoir content in Bornean “exploding ants” Colobopsis explodens Laciny & Zettel, 2018 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). – Myrmecological News 30: 201–221.
doi: 10.25849/myrmecol.news_030:20

Zettel H. & Laciny A., 2020: Rhagovelia species from Nosy Boraha east of Madagascar (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Veliidae). – Acta entomologica musei nationalis Pragae 60 (2): 419–425.
doi: 10.37520/aemnp.2020.26

Laciny A. Parasitogenic phenotypes – a practical guide. Manuscript submitted

Laciny A., Zettel H., Kopchinskiy A., Druzhinina I.S., Pretzer C., Fischer M., Parich A., Schuhmacher R., Salim K.A., Metscher B. Of pests and guests – parasites and nest-mates in colonies of Bornean exploding ants of the Colobopsis cylindrica complex. Poster presented at: Ants 2016-Ants and their biotic environment. An international symposium at the University of Munich (LMU) and the Munich Botanical Garden. 5.-7. May 2016. Munich, Germany.
Laciny A., Zettel H., Druzhinina I., Kopchinskiy A., Pretzer C., Rahimi M., Fischer M., Parich A., Schuhmacher R., Salim K. A. Exploding workers and living doors – studying ants of the Colobopsis cylindrica group. Poster presented at Central European Workshop for Myrmecology (CEWM), Jagiellonian University, 21.-24. April 2017, Krakow, Poland.
Pal A., Laciny A., Zettel H. Morphology of male genitalia illustrates the high species diversity in the tropical ant genus Diacamma.  Poster presented at Central European Workshop for Myrmecology (CEWM), Jagiellonian University, 21.-24. April 2017, Krakow, Poland.
Rahimi M., Chenthamara K., Pretzer C., Grujic M., Stagl V., Forte A., Kopchinskiy A., dela Cruz T.E., Laciny A., Salim K.A., Lim L., Chan C.M., Fischer M., Parich A., Schuhmacher R., Zettel H., Druzhinina I.S. Microbial diversity in nests of Borneo’s ‘exploding’ ants from Colobopsis cylindrica complex. Presented at Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) 7th congress for European microbiologists, 9.-13. April 2017, Valencia, Spain.
Laciny A., Zettel H., Pretzer C., Kopchinskiy A., Hoenigsberger M., Lim L., Metscher B., Nemeschkal H.L., Druzhinina I.S. Caste diversity and mermithogenic phenotypes in ants of the Colobopsis cylindrica (COCY) group. Presented at the 7th Euro Evo Devo Conference, 26.-29. June, Galway, Ireland.

2. zoology

Aspöck Ulrike
associate scientist
Bauernfeind Ernst
associate scientist
Brojer Michaela
Assistance work in the 2nd Zoology
Bruckner Harald
scientific assistant
Buchner Peter
associate scientist
Camargo Alexssandro
curator diptera
Dollfuss Hermann
associate scientist
Führer Daniela
Secretary in the 2nd Zoology
Gaal-Haszler Sabine
staff scientist, curator Lepidoptera
Geiser Elisabeth
associate scientist
Guttenberger Sarah
Project researcher Biodiversitätsfonds (Blatthornkäfer Österreichs)
Hecher Christine
associate scientist
Jäch Manfred
associate scientist
Kahrer Andreas
associate scientist
Kerschbaumer-Stöckler Judit
collection assistance department of Entomology
Komarek Albrecht
associate scientist Coleoptera
Lödl Martin
associate scientist
Madl Michael
associate scientist Hymenoptera
Meusburger Magdalena
Project researcher Biodiversitätsfonds (Blatthornkäfer Österreichs)
Plonski Isidor
associate scientist
Randolf Susanne
staff scientist, curator NOaS and Insecta Varia
Schillhammer Harald
staff scientist, curator Coleoptera
Schlüsslmayr Gerhard
associate scientist
Schmid Herbert
associate scientist
Schoder Sabine
associate scientist
Seidel Matthias
staff scientist, curator Coleoptera
Shaverdo Helena V.
Collection Manager Coleoptera
Vizek Manuela
collection assistance Hymenoptera
Wanzenböck Sylvia
Project researcher
Wewalka Günther
associate scientist
Wöss Günther
scientific assistant
Zettel Herbert
head of department, curator Hemiptera
Zimmermann Dominique
staff scientist, curator Hymenoptera