Title of Project
Navigation in the unique ant genus Polyrhachis
Name of Advisor/s
Prof Simon Robson
College of Science & Engineering
Summary of Project
The process by which individual insects find their way around their foraging environments, and manage to return to their nest, continues to represent an active area of research with implications for our understanding of not only insect navigation, but the development of simple robotic navigation systems. The ant genus Polyrhachis includes a species that can navigate on both land and water, providing a valuable opportunity to examine the relationship between navigation systems and local habitat characteristics. This project is designed to determine how ants of the highly diverse genus Polyrhachis successfully navigate around their local area.
navigation, ant, behavioural ecology, behaviour
Would suit an applicant who
enjoys a combination of field and laboratory work, enjoys designing and implementing field-based experiments. And doesn't mind ants.