Selected Publications

  • Southon R, Bell E, Graystock P, Wyatt CD, Radford AN, Sumner S. (2019). High indirect fitness benefits for helpers throughout the nesting cycle in tropical paper wasps. Molecular Ecology 10.1111/mec.15137
  • Sumner S, Bevan P, Hart AG, Isaac NJB. (2019) Mapping species distributions in two weeks using citizen science. Insect Conserv. Divers. (online March 2019; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/icad.12345)
  • Taylor BA, Reuter M, Sumner S. (2019) Patterns of reproductive differentiation and reproductive plasticity in the major evolutionary transition to superorganismality. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci.  in press
  • Cini, A., Sumner, S. & Cervo, R. (2019) Inquiline social parasites as tools to unlock the secrets of insect sociality. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci. 374, 20180193. (
  • Devenish, A., Gómez, C., Bridle, J., Newton, R. & Sumner, S. (2018). Invasive ants: ill-fitting partners in an ant-plant mutualism. Biological Invasions. 10.1007/s10530-018-1829-6.
  • Sumner, S., Law, G. & Cini, A. (2018) Why we love bees and hate wasps. Ecological Entomology, 43, 836–845 http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/een.12676.
  • Miller, S.E., Bluher, S.E., Bell, E., Cini, A., Carvalho, R., Souza, R. De, et al. Sumner, S., Toth, A.L., Tibbetts, E.A. and Sheehan, M.J. (2018) WASPnest: a worldwide assessment of social Polistine nesting behavior. Ecology, 10–12.
  • Nehring, C., Dijkstra, M.B., Sumner, S., Hughes, W.O.H., & Boomsma, J.J. (2018). Reconstructing the relatedness of cooperatively breeding queens in the Panamanian leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News in press
  • Taylor, D., Bentley, M., Sumner, S. (2018) Social wasps as models to study the major evolutionary transition to superorganismality Curr Opin Insect Sci 28, 26–32
  • Sumner, S., Bell, E. & Taylor, D. (2018) A molecular concept of caste in insect societies. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 25: 42–50
  • Kennedy, P., Higginson, A., Radford, A. N. & Sumner, S. (2018) Altruism in a volatile world. Nature 555, 359-362Manfredini F, Romero A.E., Pedroso I., Paccanaro A., Sumner S*., Brown M J.F*. 2017 Neurogenomic signatures of successes and failures in core life-history transitions in a key insect pollinator. Genome Biol. Evol. 9(11), 3059-3072. *equally contributing authors
  • Kennedy, P. et al. (12 authors) and Sumner. S (2017) Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology. Trends Ecol. Evol. 32 (11), 861-872. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2017.08.004
  • Carvell, C. et al. (including Sumner S.) (2017). Bumblebee family lineage survival is enhanced in high quality landscapes. Nature 543(7646):547-549.
  • Toth, AL., Sumner S. & Jeanne, RL. 2016. “Patterns of Longevity across a Sociality Gradient in Vespid Wasps.” Current Opinion in Insect Science 16. Elsevier Inc: 28–35. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2016.05.006.
  • Kern, Julie M., Seirian Sumner, and Andrew N. Radford. 2016. “Sentinel Dominance Status Influences Forager Use of Social Information.” Behavioral Ecology 00: arv240. doi:10.1093/beheco/arv240.
  • King AJ, Myatt JP, Furtbauer I, Oesch N, Dunbar RIM, Sumner S, et al (9 authors). (2015) Social density processes regulate the functioning and performance of foraging human teams. Scientific Reports 18260; doi:10.1038/srep18260.
  • Patalano S, Vlasova A, Wyatt C, Ewels P, Camara F, Ferreira PG, et al. Molecular signatures of plastic phenotypes in two eusocial insect species with simple societies. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2015; 1–6. doi:10.1073/pnas.1515937112
  • Redhead JW, Dreier S, Bourke AFG, Heard MS, Jordan WC, Sumner S, Wang J, Carvell C. (2015) Effects of habitat composition and landscape structure on worker foraging distances of five bumblebee species. Ecological Applications 2015; accepted. http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/15-0546.1
  • Southon R, Bell E, Graystock P, Sumner S (2015) Long live the wasp: adult longevity in captive colonies of the eusocial paper wasp Polistes canadensis (L.). PeerJ, 3:e848; DOI 10.7717/peerj.848.
  • Sadd B et al (103 other Authors incl Sumner S.) (2015). The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organisation. Genome Biology.  16:76  doi:10.1186/s13059-015-0623-3
  • Cini A, Patalano S, Segonds-Pichon A, Busby G, Cervo R, Sumner S. (2015) Social parasitism and the molecular basis of phenotypic evolution. Frontiers in Genetics, 6, 1–11. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2015.00032/abstract
  • Grainger DP, Asher CL, Jones JC et al. (2014) A novel method of assessing dominance hierarchies shows nuance, linearity and stability in the dinosaur ant Dinoponera quadriceps. Ethology, DOI: 10.1111/eth.12280.
  • Warren I, Ciborowski KL, Casadei E, Hazlerigg, DG, Martin, SAM, Jordan, JC., Sumner, S. (2014) Extensive local gene duplication and functional divergence among paralogs as a route to phenotypic plasticity in Atlantic salmon. Genome Biol Evol, doi:10.1093/gbe/evu131.
  • Ferguson-Gow, H, Sumner, S, Bourke, AFG & Jones, KE 2014, ‘Colony size predicts division of labour in attine ants’.Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences, vol 281.
  • Dreier, S, Redhead, JW, Warren, IA, Bourke, AFG, Heard, MS, Jordan, WC, Sumner, S, Wang, J & Carvell, C 2014, ‘Fine-scale spatial genetic structure of common and declining bumble bees across an agricultural landscape’. Molecular Ecology, vol 23., pp. 3384-95
  • Sumner, S 2014, ‘The importance of genomic novelty in social evolution’. Molecular Ecology, vol 23., pp. 26-8
  • Ferreira, PG, Patalano, S, Chauhan, R, Ffrench-Constant, R, Gabaldon, T, Guigo, R & Sumner, S 2013, ‘Transcriptome analyses of primitively eusocial wasps reveal novel insights into the evolution of sociality and the origin of alternative phenotypes’. Genome Biology, vol 14., pp. 1-14
  • Bell, E & Sumner, S 2013, ‘Ecology and Social Organisation of Wasps’. Nature Encyclopaedia of Life Sciences (online).
  • Asher, C, Nascimento, F, Sumner, SR & Hughes, W 2013, ‘Division of labour and risk taking in the dinosaur ant, Dinoponera quadriceps (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)’. Myrmecological News, vol 18., pp. 121-129
  • Patalano, S, Hore, TA, Reik, W & Sumner, S 2012, ‘Shifting behaviour: epigenetic reprogramming in eusocial insects.’ Current Opinion in Cell Biology, vol 24., pp. 367-73
  • Lengronne, T, Leadbeater, E, Patalano, S, Dreier, S, Field, J, Sumner, S & Keller, L 2012, ‘Little effect of seasonal constraints on population genetic structure in eusocial paper wasps’. Ecology and Evolution, vol 2., pp. 2615-2624
  • Sumner, S & Patalano, S 2012, ‘Is the natural world one big soap?’. New Scientist, vol 214., pp. 28-29
  • Colgan, TJ, Carolan, JC, Bridgett, SJ, Sumner, S, Blaxter, ML & Brown, MJ 2011, ‘Polyphenism in social insects: insights from a transcriptome-wide analysis of gene expression in the life stages of the key pollinator, Bombus terrestris.’. BMC Genomics, vol 12., pp. 623

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