Background and activities

We are interested in understanding the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying spatial orientation in insects. Currently, we are studying the use of compass cues in monarch butterflies and how they are encoded in the butterfly brain. These butterflies are famous for their spectacular annual migration from North America to Central Mexico. How are different navigation cues used for orientation and how are they linked in the brain? To understand this, we perform behavioral experiments (flight simulator) combined with anatomical (confocal imaging, 3D modeling) and electrophysiological studies (intracellular and tetrode recordings).

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database