Dr Geraldine Wright
Reader in Neuroethology

  • Email: jeri.wright@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6667
  • Address: Henry Wellcome Bldg
    Institute of Neuroscience
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Qualifications

DPhil Zoology Oxford
MAS Statistics Ohio State
BSc(Hons) Botany Wyoming

Research Interests

The main aim of my research is to understand how the neural circuits involved in learning, memory, and decision-making function. I use the honeybee as a model system. To achieve this, I combine behavioural, pharmacological, molecular and electrophysiological techniques to address the following questions:

1. What are the neural mechanisms of food reward learning and conditioned food aversions?

2. How does physiological state influence learning, memory, and cognition?

3. How is sensory information about odours and tastes encoded?

A primary goal of my laboratory is to understand how the honeybee's brain learns to associate floral scent with food quality during learning.

My laboratory also investigates bee nutrition. As part of the UK government's Insect Pollinators Initiative, we are identifying the nutritional optima of honeybee workers and larvae and measuring the nutritional quality of nectar and pollen from many species of plants in the UK.

In the photograph, I'm wearing a 'bee bikini' composed of live worker honeybees. I wore the bee bikini at an event organized by bee breeder, Susan Cobey, at the Rothenbuhler Honeybee Lab, Ohio State University.

 

Esteem Indicators

Editorial Board Member: Animal Behaviour, European Journal of Entomology

 

Undergraduate Teaching 

BIO1010 Learning and Research for Biologists 

BIO2013 Animal Behaviour

BIO3006 Plant-Animal Interactions

BIO3022 Residential Field Course (Millport and Crete) 

BIO3096 Undergraduate Research Projects 

 

Postgraduate Teaching

MMB8019 Sensory Systems

MMB8099 Masters Research Project (Animal Behaviour and Neuroscience)