Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Adam Simmons

Insect Technician


I work as an Insect Technician for ION, based in a specialist facility on the 5th floor of the Ridley Building. I take care of and breed praying mantises and locusts, yielding healthy specimens which are used by research staff and students. Much of the research focusses on insect vision, including the "Man, Mantis and Machine" (M3) project headed by Professor Jenny Read.

I have also worked as a Research Assistant for the M3 project, studying stereoscopic vision of the praying mantis. This involved attaching tiny glasses to their heads (just like on my t-shirt) and recording and analysing their responses to a variety of visual stimuli.