• 2957 Citations
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19982022

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Biography

Dr Barron is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and Deputy Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. He is a neuroethologist, which is a discipline of neuroscience studying the neural mechanisms of natural animal behaviour. Most of his research focuses on insects, especially honey bees. Using advanced techniques to visualise, manipulate, map and record from the insect brain Barron’s team has made important contributions to the understanding of fundamental behavioural systems such as cognition, navigation, social behaviour and learning and memory.

He also conducts research to improve honey bee health and welfare. He is studying how bees and bee colonies are impacted by pesticide and disease stressors, and how to best intervene to help bee colonies under stress.

Research interests

Understanding animal minds

What is it like to be a bee? Are simple animals like insects cognitive and reflective entities, or are they more like robots: simple reflexive stimulus-response entities? Studying animal behaviour combined with studies of the mechanisms supporting behavioural capacities will give critical understanding of the nature of animal minds.

 

Modelling the insect brain

The insect brain is a complex cognitive microprocessor. This project combines experimental neuroscience with computational and mathematical modelling to explore the circuits and systems of the insect brain function and generate behaviour.

 

Honey bee health and welfare

This is not an easy time to be a bee. Pesticides, diseases, habitat degradation and climate change are all piling stressors onto honey bees. Honey bee colonies are failing at such levels there is concern we may not have enough bees to pollinate our food crops. This research program explores how we can best support bee health in the current challenging environment.

Education/Academic qualification

Department of Zoology, PhD, University of Cambridge

19951999

Natural Sciences, First Class Honours, University of Cambridge

19921995

External positions

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Australian Research Council

2015 → …

President, Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY OF THE STUDY OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

20122014

Vice-President, Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY OF THE STUDY OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

20102012

Treasurer, Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY OF THE STUDY OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

20082010

Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University

20042007

Fullbright Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois

20012004

Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney

19992001

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Projects

Research Outputs

A hybrid compact neural architecture for visual place recognition

Chancan, M., Hernandez-Nunez, L., Narendra, A., Barron, A. B. & Milford, M., Apr 2020, In : IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 5, 2, p. 993-1000 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Prosociality and a sociosexual hypothesis for the evolution of same-sex attraction in humans

    Barron, A. B. & Hare, B., 16 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, p. 1-7 7 p., 2955.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    The miticide thymol in combination with trace levels of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid reduces visual learning performance in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

    Colin, T., Plath, J. A., Klein, S., Vine, P., Devaud, J. M., Lihoreau, M., Meikle, W. G. & Barron, A. B., 27 Feb 2020, In : Apidologie. 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A comparison of honeybee (Apis mellifera) queen, worker and drone larvae by RNA-Seq

    He, X. J., Jiang, W. J., Zhou, M., Barron, A. B. & Zeng, Z. J., Jun 2019, In : Insect Science. 26, 3, p. 499-509 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A maternal effect on queen production in honeybees

    Wei, H., He, X. J., Liao, C. H., Wu, X. B., Jiang, W. J., Zhang, B., Zhou, L. B., Zhang, L. Z., Barron, A. B. & Zeng, Z. J., 8 Jul 2019, In : Current Biology. 29, 13, p. 2208-2213 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prizes

    Australian Award for University Teaching

    Andrew Barron (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Activities

    International Congress of Neuroethology (Event)

    Andrew Barron (Member)
    2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Australian Neuroscience Society Annual Scientific Meeting

    Andrew Barron (Organiser)
    2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Animal Consciousness Conference

    Andrew Barron (Invited speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Beecon

    Andrew Barron (Invited speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Re-use and Evolvability Workshop

    Andrew Barron (Invited speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees?

    Andrew Barron & Simon Klein

    8/05/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Insects could shed light on evolution of consciousness

    Andrew Barron

    18/04/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Do Honeybees Feel? Scientists Are Entertaining the Idea

    Andrew Barron

    18/04/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment