Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Sophie Evison

B.Sc. M.Sc. D.I.C. Ph.D.
School of Biology

Background: Social insects provide an ideal model for understanding evolutionary processes. They are extremely abundant and extremely diverse. They are ecologically and economically important. Their levels of eusociality span from primitive cooperation to some of the most advanced collective behaviours on the planet. Through their relationships between individuals within a colony to their relationships with other species, they can help us to understand evolutionary processes from molecules all the way up to populations.

Contact:  Manton 8.03 | +44(0) 113 34 32852 | email address for Dr Sophie Evison 

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Admin roles

Athena Swan (FBS)
ULTA-2 participant

Modules managed

BLGY1235 - Lives of Carnivores
BLGY1304 - Research Exp. Skills Level 1
BLGY2301 - Research Experience and Skills Level 2
BLGY3122 - Social Insect Biology
BLGY3243 - Advanced Topics in Zoology

Modules taught

BLGY1124 - The Diversity of Life
BLGY1125 - Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
BLGY1235 - Lives of Carnivores
BLGY1304 - Research Exp. Skills Level 1
BLGY2301 - Research Experience and Skills Level 2
BLGY3021 - Research Project
BLGY3122 - Social Insect Biology
BLGY3243 - Advanced Topics in Zoology
BLGY3245 - Advanced Topics in Evolution
BLGY3340 - Biology Research Projects
BLGY5198M - Biodiversity and Conservation MRes Research Project 1
BLGY5380M - Extended Research Project

Group Leader Dr Sophie Evison  (Lecturer)

I am an evolutionary biologist specialising in social insect biology, using bees and ants as model systems. 

Evison SE; Fazio G; Chappell P; Foley K; Jensen AB; Hughes WO Host-parasite genotypic interactions in the honey bee: the dynamics of diversity Ecology and Evolution 3 2214-2222, 2013
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Graystock P; Yates K; Evison SEF; Darvill B; Goulson D; Hughes WOH The Trojan hives: pollinator pathogens, imported and distributed in bumblebee colonies JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY 50 1207-1215, 2013

Evison SEF; Roberts KE; Laurenson L; Pietravalle S; Hui J; Biesmeijer JC; Smith JE; Budge G; Hughes WOH Pervasiveness of Parasites in Pollinators PLOS ONE 7 -, 2012

Evison SEF; Webster KA; Hughes WOH Better the nest site you know: Decision-making during nest migrations by the Pharaoh's ant Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66 711-720, 2012
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Evison SEF; Fenwick J; Hughes WOH Parsimonious use of foraging pheromones during nest migration in ants ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 84 1237-1242, 2012

Evison SEF; Ferreira RS; D'Ettorre P; Fresneau D; Poteaux C Chemical Signature and Reproductive Status in the Facultatively Polygynous ant Pachycondyla Verenae JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY 38 1441-1449, 2012

Nehring V; Evison SEF; Santorelli LA; d'Ettorre P; Hughes WOH Kin-informative recognition cues in ants P ROY SOC B-BIOL SCI 278 1942-1948, 2011

Evison SEF; Hughes WOH Genetic caste polymorphism and the evolution of polyandry in Atta leaf-cutting ants NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN 98 643-649, 2011

Tofilski A; Couvillon MJ; Evison SE; Helanterä H; Robinson EJ; Ratnieks FL Preemptive Defensive Self-Sacrifice by Ant Workers. Am Nat -, 2008
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Evison SEF; Petchey OL; Beckerman AP; Ratnieks FLW Combined use of pheromone trails and visual landmarks by the common garden ant Lasius niger Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63 261-267, 2008
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Evison SEF; Hart AG; Jackson DE Minor workers have a major role in the maintenance of leafcutter ant pheromone trails Animal Behaviour 75 963-969, 2008
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Evison SEF; Ratnieks FLW New role for majors in Atta leafcutter ants Ecological Entomology 32 451-454, 2007
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