- Insect Biomechanics Workgroup:
- Ph.D. Candidate
Plants can make flowers easier for pollinators to handle by utilising specific cell types to modify petal surface microstructure. In my PhD project I am looking at the significance of these modifications in different situations and how they may be related to the tarsal structures of the pollinators concerned. I will also be investigating to what extent plants may be able to use petal surface properties to modify pollinator behaviour and filter the pollinator species that can successfully visit. More generally, I am interested in the biology and behaviour of social hymenoptera and plant pollinator interactions as a whole, and enjoy branching out into other areas when the opportunity arises! I am based jointly between the departments of Zoology and Plant Sciences.
- Bailes, E.J., Ollerton, J., Pattrick, J.G. & Glover, B.J. (2015) How can an understanding of plant-pollinator interactions contribute to global food security? Current Opinion in Plant Biology 26, 72–79.
- Nityananda V. & Pattrick J.G. (2013) Bumblebee visual search for multiple learned target types. The Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 4154-4160.
- Willmer P.G., Nuttman C.V., Raine N.E., Stone G.N., Pattrick J.G., Henson K., Stillman P., McIlroy L., Potts S.G. & Knudsen J.T. (2009) Floral volatiles controlling ant behaviour. Functional Ecology 23, 888-900.