I am interest on how foraging behavior and preference can be shaped by biotic and abiotic factors.
Many biotic and abiotic factors can influence foraging behavior and preference. I have explored some of the factors influencing foraging in insects in two fronts: 1) the effect of resource availability and distribution on foraging preferences of ants, and 2) the effect of conspecifics on foraging behavior of bees. Regarding (1), we found that ants can vary their preference for sugary food sources according to the availability of nectar around their nests. With our research with bees (2), we found that honeybees have mostly a positive response to the presence of conspecifics foraging on the same flowers.
Read more about my work on foraging preference and behavior:
Horna Lowell, E.S., Morris, J.A., VIDAL, M.C., Durso, C., Murphy S.M. 2019. The effect of conspecific cues on honey bee foraging behavior. Apidologie 50: 454-462.
VIDAL, M.C., Silva, A.K. and S.F. Sendoya. 2019. Foraging preferences of ants on a heterogeneous Brazilian sandy shore habitat. Ecological Entomology 44: 283-286.
There is also a public media article about our Dorymyrmex paper:
Hakai Magazine (English)