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

  • 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
  • 11 October 2016: Romain's MSc thesis on honeybee worker size variation was recently published in Apidologie.
  • 18 August 2016: We are offering a PhD position to study ant behaviour and communication! Find details here.
  • 31 July 2016: BBC Earth writes about our recent work on soldier bees in Brazil.
  • 10 July 2016: Check out our latest paper in Behav. Ecol. on the link between individual learning and colony foraging.