Dr Wiebke Kämper - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Wiebke Kämper

PhD Biology Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany,. MSc Biology (Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation) Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands,. BSc(EnvSci)  Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Wiebke Kämper

Dr Wiebke Kämper’s research is focused on pollination biology and plant reproductive performance. She has set-up and managed large field-based and farm-based experiments to address her theoretical and applied interests.

Wiebke studied the effect of farming practices on colony performance and plant-pollinator interactions in European bumblebees. For that she implemented a novel-chemistry based method to quantify bumblebee visitation, so called footprints, to assess flower visitation in several grassland plant species.

Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Hort Innovation Pollination Fund. She is exploring opportunities to increase yield and quality in tropical horticulture through better understanding of crop nutrition during pollination and the effects of cross-pollination on fruit quality. Wiebke develops non-destructive technologies to predict the nutritional quality of fruit using hyper-spectral imaging.

Research grants

Gateway Fellowship granted by the Ruhr University Research School PLUS, funded by Germany’s Excellence Initiative [DFG GSC 98/3]

Pollen flow in macadamia and avocado orchards – the role of introduced and native bees. This project quantifies flower visitors in avocado and macadamia orchards and assesses their potential to aid cross-pollination by genotyping the pollen carried.


KÄMPER, W., BLÜTHGEN, N. & ELTZ, T. 2017a. Bumblebee footprints on bird’s-foot trefoil uncover increasing flower visitation with land-use intensity. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 240, 77-83.

KÄMPER, W., WEINER, C. N., KÜHSEL, S., STORM, C., ELTZ, T. & BLÜTHGEN, N. 2017b. Evaluating the effects of floral resource specialization and of nitrogen regulation on the vulnerability of social bees in agricultural landscapes. Apidologie, 48, 371-383.

KÄMPER, W., WERNER, P. K., HILPERT, A., WESTPHAL, C., BLÜTHGEN, N., ELTZ, T. & LEONHARDT, S. D. 2016. How landscape, pollen intake and pollen quality affect colony growth in Bombus terrestris. Landscape Ecology, 31, 2245–2258.

TER HAAR, S. M., KAEMPER, W., STAM, K., LEVELT, C. C. & TEN CATE, C. 2014. The interplay of within-species perceptual predispositions and experience during song ontogeny in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 281, 20141860.

KÄMPER, W., WEBB, J. K., CROWTHER, M. S., GREENLEES, M. J. & SHINE, R. 2013. Behaviour and survivorship of a dasyurid predator (Antechinus flavipes) in response to encounters with the toxic and invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina). Australian Mammalogy, 35, 136-143.

Research areas

  • pollination biology
  • plant reproductive biology
  • gene flow in horticulture
  • chemical ecology