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Katie Hall

PhD Student

 Washington Singer 130


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


I graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc Hons in Biology in 2015. In my final year project investigated the locomotion of tardigrades and compared it with those of other Ecdysozoa species. At the University of Sussex I developed a strong interest in the behaviour of social insects. This led me to complete a MSc by research in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter investigating the spatial aspects of foraging behaviour in Eastern honeybees, Apis cerana.

I am now continuing bee behaviour research at the University of Exeter. My PhD, under the supervision of Dr Natalie Hempel de Ibarra and Prof Kevin Gaston, is examining the behaviour of bees in dim light. 


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Research projects

Title: Behaviour of bees in dim light

Supervisors: Dr Natalie Hempel de Ibarra and Prof Kevin Gaston

Funding body: SWBio DTP BBSRC

Project description: My overarching aim for my PhD project is to establish key evidence of how dim light affects the activity and foraging behaviour of bees. My work will provide scientific evidence to support the evaluation of potential risks that come with the ongoing extension of artificial light in rural areas of the UK and Europe.  


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Kevin Gaston
  • Natalie Hempel de Ibarra

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