PhD Student

IST Austria
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

Tel: +43 664 88349217
email: cpull (AT)

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Attempting to comprehend the astounding range and complexity of behaviours seen in the social insects, at both the individual and collective level, is the main driver behind my work.

Sanitary brood care in garden ants

I am particularly interested in how especially vulnerable and valuable members of the colony are protected, and my current work is investigating how the ants Lasius niger and L. neglectus prevent fungal infections in their brood. I am currently observing sanitary brood care behaviours of these two ant species, and how they affect disease spread and thus colony-level epidemiology.


2017-current      Postdoc at Royal Holloway University of London


2012-2017          PhD thesis, IST Austria, Austria


2011-2012          MSc in Biological Research, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

                               (Thesis: Do ants commit the Concorde Fallacy?)

2011-2012          Research Assistant, Bee Ecology Group, Rothamsted Research, Herts., UK

                               (The mitigation of emergent diseases in pollinators- funded by the Insect Pollinators Initiative)

2008-2011          BSc in Zoology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

                               (Thesis: The effects of multiple queens and parasites on colony founding)