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Miss Clara Montgomery

Miss Clara Montgomery

Miss Clara Montgomery


Area of research

The mechanisms and functions of bumblebee electroreception

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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I did my undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of Bristol, graduating with a First Class MSci degree in 2015. My undergraduate projects include investigating the sound production during locomotion of terrestrial molluscs with Prof. Daniel Robert and Dr. Gregory Sutton. I have also been involved in a number of parasitology projects, and completed my masters dissertation on the extent of sympatric speciation in cichlid fish in African crater lakes. 

I am currently studying for a PhD investigating the mechanisms of charge production and electroreception in bumblebees and relating this to their foraging ecology and their efficiency as pollinators. I am also interested in the charge production and pollination mechanics of solitary bees.

Activities / Findings

I am interested in the generation of electric charge by bees during flight and the extent to which this enhances pollen transfer and has a biological and mechanical role in pollination.


  • Electroreception
  • electric ecology
  • electric fields
  • bumblebees
  • mason bees
  • flowers
  • Pollination


  • Measurement of electric charge
  • Electrophysiology
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)



School of Biological Sciences

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