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


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.

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

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.