Imperial College London

DrAndresArce

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Research Associate
 
 
 
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Location

 

N2.16MunroSilwood Park

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Summary

 

Summary

I'm an evolutionary ecologist working on the effects of anthropogenic stressors on insect pollinators using bumblebees as model organisms. My research interests include how land use change has affected wild and managed insect pollinators in the UK, focussing in particular on agricultural intensification and the increasing use of pesticides.

My current research projects can be broken down into three main areas:

  • Studying the morphological evolution of British bumblebees using historical collections. 
  • Studying the effects of dietary pesticide exposure on the British subspecies of the Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris audax).
  • Classification of the microbiota of British bumblebees.

In a previous incarnation as a PhD student, I worked on the evolution of hygienic behaviours as a form of parental care in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides.

a.arce@imperial.ac.uk

Publications

Journals

Smith DB, Arce AN, Rodrigues AR, et al., 2019, Developmental exposure to pesticide contaminated food impedes bumblebee brain growth predisposing adults to become poorer learners

Colgan TJ, Fletcher IK, Arce AA, et al., 2019, Caste- and pesticide-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticide exposure on gene expression in bumblebees, Molecular Ecology, ISSN:0962-1083

Arce A, Ramos Rodrigues A, Yu J, et al., 2018, Foraging bumblebees acquire a preference for neonicotinoid treated food with prolonged exposure, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:285, ISSN:1471-2954

Antwis RE, Griffiths SM, Harrison XA, et al., 2017, Fifty important research questions in microbial ecology, Fems Microbiology Ecology, Vol:93, ISSN:0168-6496

Arce AN, David TI, Randall E, et al., 2016, Impact of controlled neonicotinoid exposure on bumblebees in a realistic field setting, Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol:54, ISSN:1365-2664, Pages:1199-1208

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