Oscar Ramos-Rodriguez

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Currently I am working as a research technician, Prof. Lars Chittka and Dr. Nigel Raine, investigating the learning capabilities of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris), and the diferences between different populations of this species across Europe.

Previously, I spent 10 months working as a volunteer at the Institute of Zoology (Zoological Society of London) where I investigated social parasitism in Bombus terrestris. We found that some workers enter unrelated (non-natal), conspecific colonies in which they lay (male) eggs. My research efforts on this project contributed to the following Nature paper:

Lopez-Vaamonde C, Koning JW, Brown RM, Jordan WC & Bourke AFG (2004). Social parasitism by male-producing reproductive workers in a eusocial insect. Nature 430: 557-560.

PUBLICATIONS:

Raine NE, Ings TC, Ramos-Rodriguez O & L Chittka. 2006. Intercolony variation in learning performance of a wild British bumblebee population (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus terrestris audax). Entomologia Generalis 28: 241-256.

Lopez-Vaamonde C, Raine NE, Koning JW, Brown RM, Pereboom JJM, Ings TC, Ramos-Rodríguez O, Jordan WC & AFG Bourke. 2009. Lifetime reproductive success and longevity of queens in an annual social insect. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 983-996. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01706.x. Supplementary material: Table S1, Table S2.