Meet the Team
Dr Seirian Sumner
Seirian is interested in the evolution of sociality. She primarily uses social insects (bees, wasps and ants) to look at how animals become social by observing their behaviours and identifying the genes underlying these behaviours. Most of her work concentrates on tropical paper wasps, which represent the very first stages in social evolution. Much of her recent work involves experimenting with the use of radio tagging technology to monitor animal behaviour in real time.
Andrew’s main research is on chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) that live on the edge of the Namib Desert in Southern Africa. He studies how these social primates are able to coordinate their actions and make decisions together on where to eat, sleep, or when to flee from a predator. More recently, he has taken a more experimental approach to understand group-living in a variety of animal (human and non-human) groups, in collaboration with fellow scientists at the Institute of Zoology, London.
Claire is at the start of her research career. She has studied a diverse range of topics from learning in the garden snail to the condition dependence of female choice in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). Her primary area of interest, however, is the evolution of sociality which she will be researching when she starts her PhD in September at UCLA.
Professor Volker Sommer
Professor Mark van Vugt
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