Robert Price


Many Social insects are capable of exploiting food sources through communicating their location and quality to nest-mates. The honey bee, Apis mellifera, uses the waggle dance to recruit and precisely direct nest-mates to profitable resources. Recent studies have suggested that in certain environments the waggle dance is more costly than beneficial to a colony. My research centres on what circumstances favour different information-use and recruitment strategies.

Using honey bees, stingless bees and ants as model organisms we are able to look at how the recruitment strategy of a species affects its relationship with the environment and its fitness within different environments.



Member of Keller group

Co-supervising with
Prof. Christoph Grüter

Biophore - CH-1015 Lausanne
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