Research interests

We study the behaviour, ecology and evolution of social insects. We are particularly interested in the role of communication and learning in individual and collective decision-making, different forms of division of labour and colony organisation.

Our main objectives are:

  • To investigate how worker insects integrate multiple sources of information
  • To understand variation among species in the degree of division of labour
  • To understand the molecular basis of worker behaviour

Our main model species are the honeybee Apis mellifera, the ants Lasius niger and Temnothorax nylanderi and the stingless bee Tetragonisca angustula.

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Latest news

  • 29 April 2019: Two new studies explore division of labour and task allocation in stingless bees.
  • 15 February 2019: Check out Robbie's new paper in Science Advances on the importance of waggle dance communication.
  • 14 December 2018: New paper out about the evolution of worker reproduction and trophic egg laying in stingless bees.
  • 28 August 2018: Simone clearly enjoyed this: congratulations for winning the prize for the 3rd best student poster at the IUSSI in Brazil!
  • 27 May 2018: The bee season started, colonies look healthy and the first experiment is underway.
  • 5 April 2018: The first stingless bee honey tasting for Alex, Simone and Tianfei (thanks to Sidnei Mateus!).
  • 15 February 2018: We are offering a 3-year PhD position to study the genomic basis of honeybee communication. Details here.
  • 14 February 2018: Robbie I'Anson Price successfully defended his PhD thesis, congratulations! Here he is with external expert Dr. Elli Leadbeater.