Dylan Smith - NERC PhD student
I am interested in how environmental factors place stress on insect pollinator behaviour. For my PhD I am investigating how pesticide exposure impacts on individual learning using behavioural assays and linking this with changes at the physiological level.
My primary aim is to understand how exposure affects the morphology of key brain structures of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris at key developmental and life stages.
Accompanying these studies, I am further looking to elucidate whether such exposure affects learning performances and ultimately link any impairment with structural changes found in the brain.