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Department of Zoology


I am a Ph.D. student in the Walter Federle's Insect Biomechanics lab studying how insects use their claws to cling to plant surfaces. In particular I am interested in understanding how wax-running Crematogaster ants walk freely on the slippery stems of their mutualistic host plant the Macaranga tree. 

My research is funded by The Claire Barnes 150th Anniversary Studentships in Zoology.

PhD Student
Patrick Brechka with Nephila Spider

Contact Details

Room S 16 Austin Building
01223 (7)68916