BALTIC Talk: Professor Geraldine Wright responds to Marine Hugonnier's Apicular Enigma

Publication Date 05 Nov 2014

Geraldine Wright, Professor in Neuroethology at Newcastle University discusses the complex behaviour of honey bees in response to Marine Hugonnier’s film, Apicula Enigma.

5 November 2014. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Prof Geraldine Wright is a specialist in the behaviour and physiology of bees. She started her career as an undergraduate in the Botany Department at the University of Wyoming, and went to the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1994 to study insect nutrition and chemical ecology in the Department of Zoology. As a postdoc, she began studying honeybee learning and memory at Ohio State University, working with Prof Brian Smith on the study of olfaction and floral scent learning in bees. In 2005, she established her own lab at Newcastle University, where she continued work on the mechanisms of learning and memory in bees. As a result of the Insect Pollinators Initiative, she was able to apply her knowledge of nutrition to honeybees in collaboration with an international team of scientists from the UK, South Africa, Israel, and Australia. As a part of this initiative, she was also funded to investigate how pesticides influence bee learning and memory in collaboration with UK-based scientists. Her lab is currently investigating bee nutrition, mechanisms of learning and memory, and the bee’s sense of taste.

Author Geraldine Wright
Format MPEG 4
Related Artist Marine Hugonnier
Month November 2014
Keywords Honey Bees, Neuroethology
Related Event Marine Hugonnier: Apicula Enigma (15 August - 16 November 2014)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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