UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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Welcome! My name is Erika and I am a behavioural ecologist currently doing a postdoc in the Cremer group, IST, Austria. This is my personal site, telling you a bit about my research.

 

My research is primarily interested in social behaviour. How do we learn from others? How do social interactions affect disease? I try and answer these questions using insects. Social insects, in particular, are fascinating animals that live in complex societies and have a wide range of sophisticated social behaviours. Using mainly ants and bees, I seek to understand the mechanisms which enable social behaviours in order to gain insight into how they have evolved.