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Dr Felicity Muth

(principal investigator)

I am broadly interested in animal behaviour and cognition, especially aspects of learning and memory that have a clear function in the natural world. I have worked with a range of species, taking a question-driven approach and am currently working with bumblebees.
I work primarily in the lab, but also at field sites in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

I am originally from London, but carried out my undergraduate and PhD in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews, working on nest construction in birds. Since my PhD I have worked on bumblebee cognition in a number of postdoctoral positions (most recently as a L’Oreal for Women in Science fellow at the University of Nevada, Reno).

In addition to science, I am a strong proponent of science communication. Between 2012 and 2017 I wrote for Scientific American MIND. My blog, 'Not Bad Science' aimed to make research in animal behaviour and cognition accessible to a popular audience. I have also been interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday and on KUNR.

We also once trained bees to play football in honour of the world cup, and, surprisingly, it made it on to BBC news.

Follow me on twitter @notbadscience


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Harry Siviter, postdoctoral researcher (starting Jan 2020)

I am a post-doctoral researcher investigating bumblebee cognition in the Muth lab, University of Texas. I conducted my PhD research at Royal Holloway, University of London which was focused on investigating the impact of agrochemicals on bees. I am fascinated by animal behaviour and cognition with an ever-increasing passion for conservation and ecology. Website.

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Caroline strang, postdoctoral researcher (starting November 2019)

Caroline is currently in David Sherry’s lab at the University of Western Ontario and will be joining the lab in November 2019.


I am currently recruiting graduate students - for more information see “Join the lab