Research interests
  • Entomology
  • Ecology and conservation of Australian Native bees
  • Problem solving in self-organised biological systems
  • Decision making 
  • Behaviour and ecology of slime moulds
  • Ecology and behaviour of social insects                                  
  • Social foraging
  • Applications of behavioural ecology to economics, computer science and urban planning
Funded Projects


 Project title: Risky Business: Using biological systems to mitigate risk in supply chains and transportation networks. Funded by: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, $490,000. Starts January 2014. With collaborators Mike Bell, Michiel Bliemer, Simon Garnier

Project title: Tracking moving targets: dynamic foraging in ants and slime moulds. Funded by: Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, $267, 130 over 4 years. Awarded January 2011.


Project title: Speed-accuracy trade-offs in the decision making process of slime moulds. Funded by: Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Postdoctoral Fellowship, $80,000 over two years. Awarded March 2010.

Project title: Pioneer behaviour in the mountain pine beetle. Funded by: Natural Science and Research Council (NSERC): $35,000 / year for two years. May 2006-Nov 2007.

Project title: Who goes first? Aggregation initiation in the mountain pine beetle. Funded by: The Alberta Biodiversity Fund, $10,000, 2003-2004

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects lab at the University of Sydney

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Contact details:

School of Biological Sciences
University of Sydney
Macleay Building, A12
Sydney, NSW
Phone : +61 02 9036 5216
Email: tanya.latty@sydney.edu.au