Rachel Parkinson

Academic Visitor

College position:

I am a neuroethologist and electrophysiologist interested in understanding how neural circuits govern natural animal behaviour. I completed my PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, with a focus on visual processing in locusts, and whether commonly used agrochemicals affect sight in insects. Following my PhD I spent a summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, where I expanded my study to honeybees. While at the University of Oxford I will be answering questions centered around taste perception in bumblebees and other bee species, as little is currently known about how these fascinating creatures perceive chemicals that may be present in their food sources.

Neuroethology. invertebrate nervous systems, neurotoxicology, neurobiology, visual processing, taste perception, neural circuits.