Lab

Join us in the beautiful north-east of England!

If you are interested in working with us, drop me a line at vivek.nityananda [at sign] newcastle.ac.uk and we can discuss possibilities.

CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

POSTDOCS

Théo Robert: Théo joined the lab in January 2020. He is funded by the BBSRC on our project investigating insect attention. Theo completed his PhD at the University of Exeter , UK and joined us after a JSPS fellowship at Tamagawa University, Japan.

LAB TECHNICIAN

Adam Simmons: Adam has been an integral member of the lab from the beginning in 2019. He has successfully started a breeding program and has shouldered all the responsiblities for the maintenance and care of the mantises.

PHD STUDENTS

Olga Procenko: Olga joined the lab in September 2020. She has a Master’s from Queen Mary University of London. Her project investigates how affective states influence visual perception in bumblebees.

Matthew Quinn: Matthew is based at Durham University where he began his PhD research on visual processing in mosquito larvae in January 2021. The main supervisor on the project is Olena Riabinina, with Natalie Hempel de Ibarra (University of Exeter) and myself as co-supervisors.

Vera Vinken, Kelsey Bezaire, Sol Lucas, Jack Hardman: Vera, Kelsey, Sol and Jack have all run rotation projects in the lab as part of their Leverhulme Behavioural Informatics PhD program. Their project was a collaboration with Prof Stephen McGough at the School of Computing comparing mechanisms of generalization between bumblebees and artifical neural networks.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Lucy Turner: Lucy joined the lab in February 2021. Her project investigates the influence of competition on overconfidence. This project is part of her MRes in Evolution and Human Behaviour

Marion Callendret: Marion joined the lab in January 2021 on an Erasmus scholarship. Her project is investigating the influence of bottum-up cues on bumblebee visual attention. The project is part of her Master’s in Behavioural Biology at the University of Rennes.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Karolina Tarapata: Karolina joined the lab in January 2021. Her project investigates how learning influences visual attention in bumblebees.

PAST LAB MEMBERS

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Ruairidh Hinchcliffe: Ruairidh worked on a project with us from February to July 2020, investigating the influence of competition on overconfidence in anonymous virtual environments. The project is part of his MRes in Evolution and Human Behaviour

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Tan Yi Ting: Yi Ting worked with us for her undergraduate project investigating selective spatial attention in mantises from January to April 2020.

Edward Hayden: Ed did his undergraduate project in the lab from September 2019 to January 2020 investigating how interest in and perceived career importance of a skill influenced overconfidence in that skill .

Sin Yap: Sin Yap joined us from Newcastle University’s Malaysia campus. Her project investigated the correspondence problem and mantis 3D vision fromJune to August 2019.

Yi-Jie Loh: Yi-Jie Loh also joined us from Newcastle University’s Malaysia campus. Her project investigated selective spatial attention in mantises from June to August 2019.