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Katy Chapman

Postgraduate Research Student

 Washington Singer 130


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


Funding: NERC GW4+ DTP and CASE partnership with South Devon AONB

I am a member of the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB), supervised by Prof. Natalie Hempel de Ibarra and Prof. Kevin Gaston.

I am primarily interested in sensory ecology, especially how environmental and social cues and signals determine the behaviour of animals, how human pollution in different modalities can disrupt these normal behaviours, and how we can develop and introduce simple mitigation policy to reduce these impacts.

In my PhD, I will investigate whether artificial lighting, particularly at twilight, affects the typical foraging behaviours of bumblebees and honeybees in South Devon. I will test hypotheses regarding potential direct (e.g. changed sensory perception) and indirect (e.g. floral reward availability) effects of artificial light at night on foraging behaviour in these important pollinators, thorough field experiments in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in collabration with the management team there.

I completed my MRes at the University of Bristol in 2019 with Prof. Andy Radford and Prof. Steve Simpson (UoE). I focused on the impact of motorboat noise on parental care behaviours in coral-reef fish, in particular using field experiments and in situ boats, as opposed to recorded playback, to get a realistic picture of potential fitness effects of noise pollution. I graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) from Jesus College, University of Oxford in 2017.



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