Insect Sensory Ecology and Cognition Lab
Department of Zoology
Flying insects are fascinating creatures that, despite their miniature brains, can navigate through complex, changing environments. Their amazing mini-brain, with less than a million neurons, allows them to remember complex routes and visual patterns and they demonstrate the capacity for learning more abstract concepts. We work a range of projects centred on comparative sensory ecology using a range of anatomical, physiological and behavioural methods. Current projects include understanding the sensory basis of foraging in a range of key pollinator species including bumblebees and butterflies, exploring the sensory and neural mechanisms behind learning and memory in these species and elucidating the mechanisms behind dung beetle navigation.
Save the Swedish bees! Planting bee-friendly flowers in your gardens can help prevent the massive decline of pollinators in our areas. Workshops in preparation for spring 2020.
The lab welcomes students at all levels for experimental projects. We're also looking for prospective PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Please send your CV and motivation letter if interested (see contact). Thank you.