Experts Guide


Birds, bees and trees - Queen Mary has a plethora of experts that study the natural world to understand how biological systems respond to a changing environment over different timescales.

Featured experts on camera

Dr Richard Buggs

Dr Elizabeth Clare

Professor Lars Chittka

Expert commentators

Prof Richard Buggs

Prof Lars Chittka
My research has established links between sensory physiology and learning psychology on the one hand, and evolutionary ecology on the other. Why do animals have the sensory systems they do? How do they use them in their natural foraging enviroment? How do cognitive-behavioural processes function in the economy of nature? Pollinator-plant interactions have been used as a model system to study these questions. I have been particularly interested in mutual evolutionary and ecological influences of insect colour vision and flower colour signals, and insect learning and flower advertising. In addition, I have studied bee navigation using large artificial landmarks, orientation of bees in complete darkness, as well as the question of how bees use spatial memory to navigate among several rewarded sites. Recently, I have also become interested in the evolution of cognitive capacities and communication, and the pollination biology of invasive plant species.

Dr Elizabeth Clare

Dr Yannick Wurm
Analyses genomes of auts to understand the roles of genes in the evolution of societies.

Dr Robert Knell
I am interested in a variety of different aspects of ecology and evolution, mainly to do with either parasites, sex or both. I also conduct research on the evolution of mating systems and especially of sexual ornamentation. I am particularly interested in the function and evolution of the weapons used by male animals in contests with rivals.

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