Ajay Narendra is an ARC Future Fellow and heads the Ecological Neuroscience group. His research is in the field of insect neuroethology. Ajay’s research focusses on acquisition and processing of navigational information in the natural environment. He is also interested in ant community ecology.
Franne Kamhi is a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Australian Research Council. She is interested in ant sociobiology, neuromodulation, and comparative neuroanatomy. Currently, she is studying the visual circuitry involved in navigation in Australian bull ants (Myrmecia).
Homepage; E: franne.kamhi AT mq.edu.au
Yuri Ogawa is a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Australian Research Council. Yuri is interested in the physiological basis for animal vision and in the evolution of vision for occupying specific habitats and for displaying particular behaviours.
Homepage; E: yuriogawa.kato AT mq.edu.au
Homepage; E: ravindra.palavalli-nettimi AT students.mq.edu.au
Fiorella Ramirez-Esquivel is a PhD student. Fiorella uses a variety of microscopy techniques (SEM, TEM, light microscopy) to study how the eyes and antennal sensilla of ants change with variation in body size and with the time of day at which animals are active.
E: fiorella.cre AT gmail.com
Zachary Sheehan is a Masters student (MRes). Zach’s becoming an expert in ant brain dissections. For his project, he is investigating the extent to which neuropil volume changes in day- and night-active Myrmecia ants.
E: zachary.sheehan AT students.mq.edu.au
Alex Szwaja is a Research Assistant in our group. She is currently supported by an MQRDG and is working together with Franne studying navigational behaviour of nocturnal Myrmecia ants.
E: alex.szwaja AT mq.edu.au
Braxton Jones is a undergraduate student. He is an avid stick insect enthusiast and is also interested in arachnids. Braxton is studying the unusual hunting choreography of the charismatic net casting spiders.
E: braxton926 AT gmail.com
Christopher Whyte spent time with us as Research Assistant digitising footage of tandem runs and jumping ants. 2016