Alice D. Bridges


Research interests

 Culture represents a second form of inheritance, whereby novel behavioural innovations may be seen as analogous to genetic mutations, and are passed across generations through social learning. Despite their tiny brains, bumblebees are capable of learning relatively complex behaviours and transmitting these to their conspecifics, making them excellent models for the study of social learning and non-human culture. The aim of my PhD is to investigate sociocognitive processes in bumblebees, and the potential for culture to be cumulative in this species.

Educational background

2017-Present: PhD student, Queen Mary University of London, UK (supervisor: Professor Lars Chittka, co-supervisor: Dr Elisabetta Versace)

2013-2016: BSc Biological Sciences (1st class, honours), University of Durham, UK