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Dr Andres Arce - Was a NERC funded PDRA in the group, and is now a University Lecturer at University of Suffolk

1. Behavioural and colony responses to pesticide exposure in bumblebees

2. Bee population responses to environmental change


3. Bumblebee gut microbiomes


4. Gene expression after pesticide exposure 

5. Bee feeding preferences with chronic pesticide exposure


Johansson J, Arce A & Gill RJ (in press) How competition between overlapping generations can influence optimal egg-laying strategies in annual social insects. Oecologia

Arce AN*, Cantwell-Jones A*, (+20 co-authors) & Gill RJ (2022). Signatures of increasing environmental stress in bumblebee wings over the past century: Insights from museum specimens, J. Animal Ecology.

Mullin (14 authors), Gill RJ* & Barnes I* (2022). First large-scale quantification study of DNA preservation in insects from natural history collections using genome-wide sequencing. Methods in Ecology & Evolution.

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


Gill RJ, Baldock KCR, Brown MJF, Cresswell JE, Dicks LV, Fountain MT, Garratt MPD, Gough LA, Heard MS, Holland JM, Ollerton J, Stone GN, Tang CQ, Vanbergen AJ, Vogler AP, Woodward G, Arce AN, Boatman ND, Brand-Hardy R, Breeze TD, Green M, Hartfield CM, O'Connor RS, Osborne JL, Phillips J, Sutton PB & Potts SG (2016). Protecting an ecosystem service: approaches to understanding and mitigating threats to wild insect pollinators. Advances in Ecological Research, 54, 135-206

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