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

  • 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.
  • 12 October 2017: Congratulations to Robbie and Tianfei for winning best talk and best poster prize at the CE IUSSI meeting!
  • 5 October 2017: Our latest study on stingless bee soldiers and enemy recognition graced the cover of Biology Letters
  • 9 March 2017: Our paper on soldier caste evolution in stingless bees was recently published in Nature Communications.
  • 18 December 2016: We welcome new PhD student Tianfei Peng