Dr Ana Ramos Rodrigues - Was a BBSRC PhD student in the group, and now works for UNEP in Cambridge
Ana was interested in how changes to nutritional availability and pesticide exposure associated with agricultural landscapes combine to affect bumblebee colonies.
1) Applied an experimental and ecological approach to understand how exposure to pesticides and variation in temporal availability of nutrition across a landscape affects colony development and fitness;
Colgan TJ, Arce AN, Gill RJ, Ramos Rodrigues A, Kanteh A, Duncan EJ, Li L, Chittka L & Wurm Y (2022) Genomic signatures of recent adaptation in a wild bumblebee. Molecular Biology & Evolution, 39, msab366.
Watrobska CM, Ramos Rodrigues A, Arce AN, Clarke J & Gill RJ (2022) Pollen source richness may be a poor predictor of bumblebee colony growth. Frontiers in Insect Science, 1, 741349.
Smith DB, Arce AN, Ramos Rodrigues A, Bischoff PH, Burris D, Ahmed F & Gill RJ (2020) Insecticide exposure during brood or early-adult development reduces brain growth and impairs adult learning in bumblebees. in Proc. Roy. Soc. B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2442
Colgan TJ*, Fletcher I*, Arce AN*, Gill RJ, Ramos Rodrigues A, Stolle E, Chittka L & Wurm Y (2019) Caste- and pesticide-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticide exposure on gene expression in bumblebees. Molecular Ecology
Arce AN, Ramos Rodrigues A, Yu J, Colgan TJ, Wurm Y & Gill RJ (2018) Foraging bumblebees acquire a preference for neonicotinoid treated food with prolonged exposure’ by is published. Proc. Roy. Soc. B
Arce AN, David TI, Randall EL, Rodrigues AR, Colgan TJ, Wurm Y & Gill RJ (2017). Impact of controlled neonicotinoid exposure on bumblebees in a realistic field setting. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54, 1199-1208