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
Currently, I am investigating the foraging behaviours of bumblebees under different lighting conditions, including at twilight and under artificial light. I test hypotheses regarding potential direct (e.g. changed sensory perception) and indirect (e.g. floral reward availability) effects of light, thorough lab experiments and field 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 (UoE), 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.
- Animal behaviour
- Sensory ecology
- Foraging behaviour
- Anthropogenic change
- Cognition and decision making