Professor Geraldine Wright

Research Interests

I study how insects detect, learn about, and regulate their intake of nutrients. My lab specifically investigates the nutrition and physiology of honeybees and bumblebees using an approach that spans four levels: (1) chemical sensation: the organizational principles of the chemical senses of taste and smell; (2) learning: how the bee brain learns to associate chemical cues with food; (3) feeding: how individual insects regulate their intake of essential nutrients; and (4) ecology: how ingested chemical compounds produced by plants (or modern agriculture) affect sensation, learning, and feeding. 

  • Floral resources provided by the new energy crop, Silphium perfoliatum L. (Asteraceae)

  • Honeybees fail to discriminate floral scents in a complex learning task after consuming a neonicotinoid pesticide.

  • GABA signaling affects motor function in the honey bee.

  • Burst Firing in Bee Gustatory Neurons Prevents Adaptation.

  • Appetitive olfactory learning and memory in the honeybee depend on sugar reward identity

  • Analysis of nectar from low-volume flowers: A comparison of collection methods for free amino acids.

  • A method for analysing small samples of floral pollen for free and protein-bound amino acids.

  • Nutritional Physiology and Ecology of Honey Bees.