José Eric Romero González
Rm: 2.26 Fogg Building
Animals live in continuously changing environments, where
acquiring information on mates, predators, foraging, and nesting
sites, entails major consequences on individual fitness. Animals
can obtain such information by individual exploration, i.e.
using a trial-and-error strategy. Alternatively, the costs and
risks of individual exploration may be surpassed by relying on
information previously sampled by others, either conspecifics or
heterospecifics. Social information use is a widespread
phenomenon in the animal kingdom. For example, social insects,
such as bees, live in unique social environments where they
continuously have to gather information on the changeable nectar
and pollen offerings of different plant species; thus, offering
manageable model systems to study the use of social information.
The broad aim of my research project is to understand the
natural relevance of social information use in complex
information networks as might exist in a natural meadow with
multiple flower and pollinator species. This question will be
addressed by means of simulating realistic field conditions,
i.e. using live demonstrators and different types of flowers to
explore the value of information delivered by different species
of pollinators to a bee observer seeking nectar. Therefore,
results obtained from this project are expected to be readily
extrapolated to natural settings.
2015-Present. PhD student, Queen Mary, University of London, UK (supervisor: Prof. L. Chittka)
2012 – 2014. Msc - Animal Health and Husbandry. National Autonomus University of Mexico, Mexico.
2004-2009. Licentiate in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry. National Autonomus University of Mexico, Mexico.