DR. EMILY BAIRD
My research career began at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia with degrees in both Science (majoring in Neuroscience) and Arts (with a focus on Philosophy, Anthropology, Social and Political Theory). During this time I became interested in understanding the neural basis of behaviour and decided to continue research in this field with a Neuroscience Honours degree. This is when I began working at the Centre for Visual Science with Prof. Mandyam Srinivasan and Dr Shaowu Zhang (both my Honours and PhD supervisors), who introduced me to the wonderful world of visual flight control in the honeybee. My Honours project focussed on how honeybees use vision to control flight speed. This work was extended when I began my PhD in the same lab. During my PhD, I looked at how honeybees use vision to control their height above the ground, as well as how they regulate flight speed when landing. After finishing my PhD, I spent six months as a post-doctoral researcher working with Prof. Martin Egelhaaf at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. Here, I developed techniques to investigate and record the strategies that honeybees use when learning landmarks. I joined the Lund Vision Group as a post-doctoral researcher in 2008. I received my Docent (Associate Professor) title in 2014. In 2018 I was appointed senior lecturer at the Department of Zoology at Stockholm University and in 2019 was appointed Head of the Division of Functional Morphology.