School of Life Sciences

Insect navigation

The navigational strategies employed by insects enable them to walk or fly over long distances, find food and return to their nest. To accomplish this they utilise a toolkit of elegant sensory and 'cognitive' strategies. In the Insect Navigation Group, we study these strategies using traditional behavioural experiments as well computational and robotic models.

News from the Sussex Insect Navigation Group


September '15: Sofia's first ant navigation paper has been accepted by JEB and is available online.

August '15: A new paper on hypothetical neural populations for visual navigation. Based on findings from Drosophila, the paper appears in Biosystems

June '15: A new paper from Cornelia's desert ants. This time she shows that olfactory information is available to navigating ants and could potentially be used. 

April '15: After a long gestation period we finally have a published paper from the collaboration with Doug. This paper looks at algorithms for navigation across a world simulated from satellite images. Get it here.

March'15: Two new commentary articles out this month.Tom and Paul discuss orientation flights, while Paul and Mike from Edinburgh discuss new ant findings.

Feb '15: Andy and Paul have a new book chapter out this month. The chapter reviews the various network models of navigation that they worked on with Bart. Details can be found on their Google Scholar pages.

Main contact

Dr Paul Graham

Reader, School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
John Maynard Smith Building
Brighton, BN1 9QG

t: +44 1273 872943

pdfs now available

pdfs of recent articles can now be downloaded from the publications page.