I am a visiting student from the lab of Wulfila Gronenberg at the University of Arizona. I received a DAAD scholarship to pursue a portion of my Ph.D. training in the lab of Martin Strube-Bloss. I am interested in the pathways and neural traits underlying decision-making behaviors in insects. I have a particular interest in the use of chemosensory information in decision-making and in my dissertation I study how ants use a balance of social cues (pheromones) and environmental cues in decision-making. I would ultimately like to better understand how distributions of individual traits contribute to group-level patterns of behavior, and interest that is well suited for study in ants. My research seeks to link foraging behaviors, decision-making, and brain morphology in closely related ant species that vary in colony size. For my dissertation I use a combination of behavior and histology to study the relative importance of social cues in decision making. For my DAAD scholarship here in Würzburg I will expand this to include electrophysiological investigation of these questions.
Godfrey, R. K., and Gronenberg, W. (2019) Linking Colony Size with Foraging Behavior and Brain Investment in Odorous Ants (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae), Brain, Behavior and Evolution.
Godfrey, R. K., and Gronenberg, W. (2019) Brain evolution in social insects: advocating for the comparative approach, Journal of Comparative Physiology A 205, 13--32.
Godfrey, R. K., Yerger, E. H., and Nuttle, T. J. (2018) Opposing deer and caterpillar foraging preferences may prevent reductions in songbird prey biomass in historically overbrowsed forests, Ecology and Evolution 8, 560-571.