Andrea Gonsek

Bio

In 2016, I started studying Biology at the Bielefeld University in Germany and have received my bachelor’s degree in March 2020 with the main focus on Neuroethology. In my bachelor thesis, I investigated complex maze learning in bumblebees with different visual cues. Since February 2019 I have been working as a student assistant in the Department of Neurobiology concentrating mostly on the analyses of behavioural data from bumblebees using Python, where I have been developing a method for path classification in cluttered environments, as well as providing assistance in teaching. In the last winter semester I was also offered a tutoring position for the applied statistics course in the bachelor’s programme in Biology in Bielefeld, where I taught other students basic programming skills in R and helped them understand the fundamental principles in statistics and their importance in science.

I want to continue my education with the master’s programme in Bielefeld, which starts in October. For the six months in between, I am working here at Stockholm University as a research intern.   

Current research

I started studying biology in order to understand how the brain and its underlying mechanisms work. I am particularly interested in insect behaviour and its neural basis. It’s eminently fascinating how creatures with significantly less neurons than vertebrates, and therefore less computational power, are capable of accomplishing astounding tasks, such as navigating over long distances, or efficiently moving through a variety of environments. I am curious about the anatomical and morphological features and information processing underlying these behaviours, as well as cognitive abilities (such as learning and object recognition) in insects.

 

While my undergraduate studies in Bielefeld mostly involved bumblebee behaviour and learning (in the context of navigation) and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and experience here at Stockholm University and learn more about visual morphology and its link to behaviour.

© 2019 by Dr. Marie Guiraud