We are a team of researchers who use an integrative approach to answer ecological questions. Our method spans from taxonomy and biodiversity recognition to understanding the functional and behavioural responses of organisms to their environment. In our studies, we utilize invertebrates as model organisms, addressing various issues through laboratory experiments and field observations. Our research frequently incorporates physiological and molecular techniques to improve our understanding of the intricate relationship between organisms and their surroundings.
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Our current projects involve the study of addictive and self-medicative behaviour in the honeybee, patterns of tardigrade diversity and distribution as well as the structure and dynamics of their metacommunities, altruistic and cooperative behaviour in ants, and cognitive behaviour in trap-building insects such as antlions and wormlions.
Small workers are more persistent when providing and requiring help in a monomorphic ant.