Left The Nest

Although it’s always sad when people finally leave the nest, we love keeping up with where they go, and learning about the exciting things they are doing



Left 2023: Dr Emeline Favreau
Left 2022: Dr Alessandro Cini
Left 2019: Dr Daisy Taylor
Left 2019: Dr Michael Bentley – now a postdoc in Oxford University.
Left 2015: Dr Peter Graystock – now a lecturer in Imperial College, London.
Left 2014: Dr Ian Warren – now a postdoc in University of Cambridge.
Left 2014: Dr Kate Ciborowski – now a lawyer.
Left 2013: Dr Stephanie Dreier – now a teacher.
Left 2012: Dr Solenn Patalano – now an independent research fellow in Greece.

PhD Students


Dr Lewis Revely Mechanisms and Evolution of Phenotypic Plasticity in Social Insects. NERC London DTP Studentship. Co-supervisor: Dr Paul Eggleton, Natural History Museum. Now part of the Futures, Foresight and Emerging Technologies group in the Government Office for Science.


Dr Benjamin Taylor – The evolution and mechanisms of castes in Vespid wasps. NERC London DTP Studentship. Co-supervisors: Dr Max Reuter, University College London. Now a postdoc at Purdue University.


Dr Sandra MorenoMolecular mechanisms of behavioural transitions in insect life-cyclesCONACyT (Mexico) studentship. Co-supervisor: Prof Jane Memmott, University of Bristol.


Dr Patrick Kennedy – Uncertainty and the evolution of altruism. Co-supervisor: Dr Andy Radford, University of Bristol. Now an independent fellow in Colombia University, New York

Dr Sam Duckerin – Effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bumblebee social behaviour. BBSRC studentship. Co-Supervisors: Dr Dick James, University of Bath; Prof Jane Memmott, University of Bristol. Now in the film industry (but still loves bees…we hope!)


Dr Adam Devenish –  Ant mediated seed dispersal in an invaded landscape. NERC CASE Studentship. Co-supervisors: Prof. Jon Bridle, UCL; Dr Rose Newton, Kew Gardens, UK. Now a postdoc at Imperial College, London.

Dr Robin Southon – Adaptive value of males in simple eusocial insect societies. Co-supervisor: Prof. Andy Radford, University of Bristol. NERC Studentship. Completed Sept 2


Dr Emily Bell  Phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of castes in eusocial insects. Co-supervisor: Prof. Andy Radford,  University of Bristol. NERC Studentship. Now a lecturer, University of Bristol. Completed Sept 2014.

Dr Henry Ferguson-Gow –The evolution of social traits and biodiversity in the ants. Funder: NERC CASE Studentship. Co-supervisors Prof Andrew Bourke, University of East Anglia, UK & Prof Kate Jones, University College London, UK. NERC CASE Studentship. Now a postdoc in UCL. Completed Oct 2013

Dr Thibault LengronneSocial Dynamics in Paper Wasps: The case of nest-drifting in Polistes canadensis. Co-supervisor Prof Laurent Keller, Lausanne University, Switzerland. Funder: Lausanne University. Now working in education. Completed Sept 2013.

Dr Claire Asher – The  Dynamics of Reproductive Dominance in Dinosaur Ants,  Dinoponera quadriceps. Co-supervisor Prof William Hughes, University of Sussex, UK. Funder: NERC CASE Studentship. Now a freelance science writer and author.

Masters by Research Students

Sam Morris Genomics of simple social insect societies. Co-supervisor: Dr Andy Radford, University of Bristol. Now a PhD student in UCL.

Ryan Brock – Comparative genomics of social evolution. Co-supervisor: Dr Davide Pisani, University of Bristol. Now a PhD student in UEA.

Research Assistants

Trinidad 2019: Debbie Walsh – Queen Succession in tropical Polistes.
Trinidad 2015: Liam Crowley & Sam Morris.- Behavioural genomics of Metapolybia wasps. NERC.
Trinidad 2014: Joshua Valverde –  Adaptive Value of Males in Primitively Eusocial Insect Societies & Queen Succession Behaviour. NERC & Genetics Society Summer Studentship.
2014: Chris Wyatt – Evolution of caste social systems using transcriptomics and proteomics. NERC
Panama 2013: Daniel Fabbro – Phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of castes in eusocial insects. NERC & STRI.
Panama 2012: Dr. Lawrence Bellamy- Phenotypic plasticity and the evolution of castes in eusocial insects. NERC.
Left July 2010: Dr. George Busby – Gene expression in castes of primitively eusocial wasps. Funder: L’Oreal for Women in Science Panama,
Panama 2010: Javier How – Nest drifting in eusocial wasps.
Panama 2010: Dr Roberto Lomabado – Nest drifting in eusocial wasps.
pre 2010: Dr Daniel Fanelli; Dr Eric Lucas; Dr Hans Kelstrup