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 Katy Chapman

Katy Chapman

PhD 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 postgraduate researcher working towards my PhD in the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB), supervised by Prof. Natalie Hempel de Ibarra and Prof. Kevin Gaston

Currently, I am investigating the foraging behaviours of bumblebees under different lighting conditions, including at sunrise and sunset and under artificial light. I work both in the lab and field, conducting experiments in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in collabration with the management team there.

I am generally 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.

I completed my MRes at the University of Bristol in 2019 with Prof. Andy Radford and Prof. Steve Simpson, focusing on the impact of motorboat noise on parental care behaviours in coral-reef fish. I graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences from Jesus College, University of Oxford in 2017.

Key words

  • Animal behaviour
  • Sensory ecology
  • Foraging behaviour
  • Anthropogenic change
  • Cognition and decision making

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