Professor Elli Leadbeater

Personal profile

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Research interests

I'm interested in animal social life. What cognitive processes are important in social behaviour, and when and how did they evolve? What are the adaptive benefits of being social? My experimental models are social insects- ants, bees and wasps- and my research is empirical, based in the lab at Royal Holloway and at my field sites in the USA.


Educational background

BSc. Biology (Zoology honours), University of Edinburgh 2001

MSc. Evolutionary and Ecological Science, University of Leiden 2004

PhD. "Social information use in foraging bumblebees", Queen Mary University of London 2008 (Supervisor: Lars Chittka)

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