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Mr Dominic Clarke

Mr Dominic Clarke

Mr Dominic Clarke

Biological Sciences (PhD)

Area of research

Electric Field Perception in Bumblebees

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Summary

I use operant conditioning to study the sensory abilities of bumblebees, in particular, their newly discovered ability to perceive floral electric fields. 

I am currently investigating the ecological utility of this sense for bees and flowers in the wild, using large-scale field experiments with honeybee colonies, and large, purpose-built electric field generators in the laboratory.

Biography

I moved into biology after a gaining an MSci in physics from Bristol university in 2010. I aim to apply the physical intuition learned as an undergraduate to the biological problems I study as a graduate student.

Keywords

  • Bee behaviour
  • Bumblebees
  • Honeybees
  • Sensory ecology
  • Physical ecology
  • Electric Fields
  • Biophysics

Methodologies

  • operant conditioning
  • electrophysiology

Memberships

Organisations

School of Biological Sciences

Recent publications

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Networks & contacts

  • Bionanoscience laboratory.

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