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

March'14: Two new commentary articles out this month.Tom and Paul discuss orientation flights, while Paul and Mike from Edinburgh discuss new ant findings. Find them here.

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.

Feb '15: Cornelia isn't leaving us, but she is moving to a new project. Her Swiss Fellowship is replaced with a Marie Curie fellowship, so she'll be at Sussex for another 2 years.

Jan '15: Happy New Year!

November '14: Lise has been on Irish radio talking about the adaptive value of colony hygiene. Listen to the podcast:

Lise RTE podcast

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

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.