Volunteer Field Assistant Behavioural Evolution in Solitary Digger Wasps Dorset UK, 15th June – 31st August 2017 Sumner Lab (University of College London) is looking for a hard-working field assistant who is interested in insect behaviour, ecology and evolution (and enjoys camping!) to join us for Summer 2017 to study solitary digger wasps on the Dorset coastland and heathlands, UK. Description A volunteer field assistant is required to help with a field-based project on behaviour in solitary wasps. The
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This summer I was fortunate enough to be able to join the Sumner lab for a field season out in Trinidad. My role was as a research assistant as part of a four-person team working on two projects looking at species of tropical social wasps. This first was examining
Check out their webpages to find out what they are doing! PhD student Sandra Moreno; Masters by Research students Ryan Brock and Sam Morris; Volunteer Thomas Courty
Queen or worker? Flexibility between roles relies on just a few genes Two insect species from Latin America, the dinosaur ant and the red paper wasp, have been used to uncover the molecular mechanisms underpinning queen and worker roles in social insects. The research by an international team of scientists brings us closer to understanding how genomes are used to generate castes in social evolution. Researchers from the University of Bristol, the Babraham Institute (Cambridge, UK) and the Centre for
Autumn 2015: Welcome to four new group members! Check out their webpages to find out what they are doing! PhD student Sandra Moreno; Masters by Research students Ryan Brock and Sam Morris; Volunteer Thomas Courty
“Why fly half way across the world to Trinidad when there are plenty of wasps drowning in my lemonade in Peckham?”
‘Why fly half way across the world to Trinidad when there are plenty of wasps drowning in my lemonade in Peckham?’ was a fairly reasonable question I was asked by a friend. Trinidad may not initially seem a prime location for conducting field work, yet it is one of the regions with the greatest diversity of social Hymenoptera species in the world;
I am an MSci student working on my dissertation project in the Sumner lab. My project looked at caste differences and aspects of the colony cycle in a species of Swarm-Founding wasp native to Trinidad; Metapolybia cingulata.
VIDEO Check out this time-lapse video from my 2014 field season of a busy potter wasp constructing a pot in the Arima Valley, Trinidad.
Many members of our lab group are pretty big on science communication, and needless to say I am no exception. I am a firm believer that science can, and should, be made accessible to people of all ages. With a bit of hard work we can get people to think differently about the world they inhabit and the organisms they share it with.