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


August '16:  This month we have a new paper from Cornelia, Joe and Tom in Current Biology. The paper looks at ants' perception of complex scenes. pdfs available here.

June '16:  This month we have a new paper from Tom and the team looking at the use of centre of mass in navigating ants. Also a belated posting of Paul's Annual Review with Markus Knaden. pdfs available here.

April '16:  Cornelia and Paul have put together an article of olfaction in ants. The article is for Navigation News and can be found on the Outreach page.

February '16:  We were all delighted to be at the Brighton Science Festival again this year, talking about animal and human navigation

November '15: A new paper investigating the relationship between visual resolution and view based navigation. It's in JCPA - or get it here.

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

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.