Zeil Lab - Ecological neuroscience

Bullant (c) Ajay Narendra

We are interested in insect navigation and the sensory, neural and behavioural adaptations that underpin navigational competence in insects. We focus in particular on the role of vision and the navigational information content of different habitats.

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Leader

Jochen Zeil

Jochen Zeil
I did my PhD on Sexual Dimorphism in the Visual System of Flies at the University of Sussex, England under the supervision of...

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Divisional Visitor

PhD Student

Postdoctoral Scientist

Visiting Fellow

Projects

Open to students

Publications

Selected publications

2016

  • Stürzl W, Zeil J, Boeddeker N, Hemmi JM (2016) How wasps acquire and use views for homing. Current Biology  26, 470–482.
  • Raderschall CA, Narendra A, Zeil J (2016) Head roll stabilisation in the nocturnal bull ant Myrmecia pyriformis: Implications for visual navigation. Journal of Experimental Biology  219: 1449-1457.

2015

  • White T, Zeil J, Kemp D (2015) Signal design and courtship presentation coincide for highly biased delivery of an iridescent butterfly mating signal. Evolution 69(1): 14-25.
  • Ogawa Y, Falkowski M, Narendra A, Zeil J, Hemmi JM (2015) Three spectrally distinct photoreceptors in diurnal and nocturnal Australian ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150673
  • Stürzl W, Mair E, Grixa I, Narendra A, Zeil J (2015) Three-dimensional models of natural environments and the mapping of navigational information. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 201: 563-584.
  • Ribi WA, Zeil J (2015) The visual system of the Australian 'Redeye' Cicada (Psaltoda moerens). Arthropod Structure and Development 44: 574-586

2014

  • Jayatilaka P, Raderschall CA, Narendra A, Zeil J (2014) Individual foraging patterns of the jack jumper antMyrmecia croslandi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 19: 75-83.
  • Alkaladi A, Zeil J (2014) The Functional Anatomy of the Fiddler Crab Compound Eye (Uca vomeris: Ocypodidae, Brachyura, Decapoda). Journal of Comparative Neurology 522: 1264–1283.
  • Zeil J, Narendra A, Stürzl W (2014) Looking and Homing: How displaced ants decide where to go. Philosophical Transactions B 20130034. 
  • Zeil J, Hemmi JM (2014) Path Integration, Vision and Decision-making in Fiddler Crabs. In: Derby CD, Thiel M (eds) Crustacean Nervous Systems and their Control of Behavior. Vol 3 of The Natural History of Crustaceans (ten-volume series, editor-in-chief, M. Thiel). Oxford Univ. Press, New York, pp 484-508
  • Zeil J, Ribi W, Narendra A (2014) Polarisation vision in ants, bees and wasps. In: Polarized Light and Polarization Vision in Animal Sciences. Gábor Horváth (Editor). Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, New York. pp. 41-60.
  • Samet N, Zeil J, Mair E, Boeddeker N, Stürzl W (2014) Ground-nesting insects could use visual tracking for monitoring nest position during learning flights.In: From Animals to Animats 13. del Pobil AP, Chinellato E, Martínez-Martín E, Hallam J, Cervera E, Morales A  (eds). Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 8575: 108-120. 
  • Ramirez-Esquivel F, Narendra A, Zeil J (2014) The antennal sensory array of the nocturnal bull ant Myrmecia pyriformis. Arthropod Structure & Development 43 (6): 543–558 DOI: 10.1016/j.asd.2014.07.004
  • Cheung A, Collett M, Collett TS, Dewar A, Dyer FC, Graham P, Mangan M, Narendra A, Philippides A, Stürzl W, Webb B, Wystrach A, Zeil J (2014). Still no convincing evidence for cognitive map use by honeybees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA doi/10.1073/pnas.1413581111.
  • Zeil J (2014) Nachruf auf Dezsö Varjú. Zoologie 2014, Mitteilungen der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, 71-76 (Obituary in German).

2013

  • Alkaladi A, How M, Zeil J (2013) Systematic variations in microvilli banding patterns along fiddler crab rhabdoms. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 199: 99-113.
  • Violett S, Zeil J (2013) Feed-forward and visual feed-back control of head roll orientation in wasps (Polistes humilis, Vespidae, Hymenoptera). Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 1280-1291.
  • Narendra A, Gourmaud S, Zeil J (2013) Mapping the navigational knowledge of individually foraging ants, Myrmecia croslandiProceedings of the Royal Society of London B 280: 20130683.
  • Reid SF, Narendra A, Taylor RW, Zeil J (2013) Foraging ecology of the night-active bull ant Myrmecia pyriformisAustralian Journal of Zoology 61: 170-177.

2012

  • Zeil J (2012) Visual Homing – An Insect Perspective. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 22:285–293.

2011

  • Narendra A, Reid SF, Greiner B, Peters RA, Hemmi JM, Ribi W, Zeil J (2011) Caste-specific visual adaptations to distinct daily activity schedules in Australian Myrmecia ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278: 1141-1149.
  • Schwarz S, Narendra A, Zeil J (2011) The properties of the visual system in the Australian desert antMelophorus bagoti. Arthropod Structure & Development 40: 128-134.
  • Reid SF, Narendra A, Hemmi JM, Zeil J (2011) Polarised skylight and the landmark panorama provide night active bull ants with compass information during route following. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 363-370
  • Smolka J, Zeil J, Hemmi JM (2011) Natural visual cues eliciting predator avoidance in fiddler crabs.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278: 3584-3592.
  • Jayatilaka P, Narendra A, Reid SF, Cooper P, Zeil J (2011) Different effects of temperature on the foraging activity schedules in sympatric Myrmecia ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2730-2738
  • Ribi W, Warrant E, Zeil J (2011) The organization of honeybee ocelli: Regional specializations and rhabdom arrangements. Arthropod Structure & Development 40: 509-520.

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