Reader in Behavioural Ecology, UCL

I am a Reader in Behavioural Ecology. I am based in the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), in UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment (GEE). I have a particular fondness of wasps.

I lead a research group of PhD students and postdocs in research on the evolution and ecology of sociality, mostly focused on behavioural innovations in social insects (wasps, bees, ants and more wasps). We combine welly boot behavioural ecology (mostly in tropical rainforests) with genomic analyses to gain a genes-eye view of social behaviour, ecology and evolution.

I recently co-launched the Big Wasp Survey with Prof Adam Hart, University of Gloucestershire.

Aside from research, I am Co-founder of Soapbox Science, an initiative that aims to simultaneously promote equality in science and bring science to the masses.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, UCL


  • 1999 
    University College London, PhD