Dr Alice Bridges

I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield, working on invertebrate brains and behaviour! My main research interest is non-human culture, particularly in social insects, although I have experience working with corvids and other birds, too. I also lead a module in "Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour" at Anglia Ruskin University.

For my PhD, I studied social learning and non-human culture in buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). My pre-PhD research background includes a gap year spent as a volunteer research assistant studying cognition in corvids (Eurasian jays, Garrulus glandarius,  as well as many other species) and a summer spent training a captive group of rooks for release to the wild. Before all this, I volunteered at a rescue centre for raptors: that is, owls, hawks, falcons and related species. I ended up studying bumblebees after I researched their capabilities and met my supervisor, Prof. Lars Chittka. I fell in love with my little buzzers very quickly after that! So, while I would consider myself a bird person at heart, I'm one that's wandered a little off track. :) 

In my spare time, I write, draw, and (try) to learn nature photography. 

🌱Email: a.d.bridges@sheffield.ac.uk
🌱Science/occasionally political (sorry, I can't help it) twitter: @alicedbridges