Joanna S. Brebner


Research interests


Where am I? Where is home? A good place to eat, or a place to avoid? In the animal kingdom a huge range of species are confronted with these questions during their lifetime. Whether for long migration routes or short exploration bouts from home, how effective navigation is achieved remains a fascinating field of study. As species who have a relatively small brain and display impressive navigational abilities, bees are perfect study species from which to understand how navigation can be achieved. My interests lie in vision, arthropod cognition and behaviour. This PhD focuses on understanding the mechanisms and behaviour behind bee navigation with the long-term goal to aid the creation of flexibly-behaving autonomous UAVs as part of the Brains On Board project.

Educational background

MRes at Newcastle University, UK
BSc at Aberystwyth University, UK