Postdoctoral Researcher

IST Austria
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

email: erika.dawson@ist.ac.at

 

RESEARCH INTEREST

My research is generally interested in social behaviour, in particular, how animals interact and share information and the role this might play in disease ecology. Ants are the perfect model for investigating such questions because they are highly social, living in colonies of up to thousands of individuals and are therefore especially vulnerable to pathogens. We now know that many ant species posses sophisticated defences that prevent or limit the spread of such pathogens. However, we know very little regarding how these defences come together at the colony level. I aim to answer this question with a particular focus on elucidating if, and how, ants communicate pathogen threats across the nest, in order to mount colony-level defences.

 

 

CAREER

2018-current    Postdoctoral researcher, IST Austria, Austria

 

 

2015-2017       Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellow, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

 

2010-2014       PhD Student, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

 

2009-2010       MSc in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation, Imperial College London, UK

 

2004-2008       BSc in Behavioural Biology, University of St Andrews, Scotland