Muth, F., Breslow, P. R., Masek, P., & Leonard, A. S. (2018). A pollen fatty acid enhances learning and survival in bumblebees. Behavioral Ecology, Online ahead of print: https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/ary111 pdf

Barker, J.L., Dornhaus, A., Bronstein, J.L., Muth, F. (2018) Learning about larceny: experience can bias bumble bees to rob nectar. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 72:68.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-018-2478-6. pdf

Pritchard, D.J., Tello-Ramos, M.C., Muth, F., Healy, S.D. (2017) Treating hummingbirds as feathered bees: a case of ethological cross-pollination. Biology Letters. 13: 20170610. Doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0610. pdf

Muth, F., Cooper, T., Bonilla, R.F. & Leonard, A.S. (2017) A novel protocol for studying bee cognition in the wild. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 1-10. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12852. pdf

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Muth, F. Papaj, D.R. & Leonard, A.S. (2017) Multiple rewards have asymmetric effects on learning in bumblebees. Animal Behaviour 126, 123–133. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.010. pdf 

Muth, F., Francis, J.S. & Leonard, A.S. (2016) Bees use the taste of pollen to determine which flowers to visit. Biology Letters, 12, 20160356. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0356. pdf

Francis, J.S., Muth, F., Papaj, D.R. & Leonard, A.S. (2016) Nutritional complexity and the structure of bee foraging bouts. Behavioral Ecology. 27, 903–911. doi:10.1093/beheco/arv229. pdf

Muth, F., Papaj, D.R. & Leonard, A.S. (2016). Bees remember flowers for more than one reason: Pollen mediates associative learning. Animal Behaviour 111, 93-100. pdf


Muth, F., Papaj, D.R. & Leonard, A.S. (2015). Colour learning when foraging for nectar and pollen: Bees learn two colours at once. Biology Letters 11, 20150628. pdf


Muth, F., Keasar, T. & Dornhaus, A.  (2015) Trading off short-term costs for long-term gains: How do bumblebees decide to learn morphologically complex flowers? Animal Behaviour 101, 191-199. pdf

Muth, F., Scampini, A. & Leonard, A.S. (2015) The effects of acute stress on learning and memory in bumblebees. Learning and Motivation50, 39-47. pdf

Bailey, I.E., Muth, F., Morgan, K., Meddle, S.L. & Healy, S.D. (2015) Birds build camouflaged nests. The Auk 132, 11-15. Published online ahead of print: doi: 10.1642/AUK-14-77.1. 


Muth, F. & Healy, S.D.  (2014) Zebra finches select nest material appropriate for a building task. Animal Behaviour 90, 237-244. pdf

Muth, F., Steele, M. & Healy, S.D. (2013) Colour preferences in nest-building zebra finches. Behavioural Processes 99, 106-111. pdf

Boogert, N.J., Arbilly, M., Muth, F. & Seed, A.M. (2013) Do crows reason about causes or agents? The devil is in the controls PNAS Letter 110(4), E273-E273, doi:10.1073/pnas.1219664110. 

Muth, F. & Healy, S.D.  (2012)  Zebra finches build nests that do not resemble their natal nest. Avian Biology Research 5, 218-226. pdf

Muth, F. & Healy, S.D. (2011) The role of adult experience in nest building in the zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. Animal Behaviour 82 (2): 185-189. pdf


Other academic publications

Muth, F. (2018) "All for one and one for all" - Box for a book chapter in "Field and Laboratory Methods in Animal Cognition: A Comparative Guide", editors: Nereida Bueno-Guerra, Federica Amici, Cambridge University Press. 

Healy, S.D., Muth, F. & Hall, Z. Nest building in birds: a window onto the evolution of cognition? Book chapter in Basketry and Beyond: Constructing Cultures (in press)