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

October '14: The debate about cognitive maps in bees rumbles on. Our latest contribution is a response to the latest paper from Randolf Menzel. Read it at the Publications section.

Aug '14: We are pleased to announce the latest learning flights paper from Tom, Natalie and the gang. The paper documents a clever form of motion parallax used by bees to assess the distance of objects from their nest. Find it here.

July '14: Lise has a wonderful new paper out this month in Biology Letters looking at the adaptive value of corpse removal in ant colonies. Find it here.

June '14: Welcome to Sergio Rossini who has joined the lab for the summer as part of Sussex's Junior Research Associate scheme.

May '14: Great news for Jeremy and Andy who have been awarded Sussex Research pump-priming money to look at the molecular basis of Path Integration memories in wood ants.

April '14: It is fantastic to report that Cornelia's first paper since joining us is now out in Current Biology. The paper reports how desert ants use odours to find food items in the desert and can be downloaded from the Publications section.

March '14: Over years of watching desert ants we have often seen a distinctive scanning behaviour when ants are disoriented. We now have learnt something about this behaviour and our paper is out in JCPA and can be downloaded from the Publications section.

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.