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My research crosses mechanistic, functional and evolutionary questions in the study of animal behaviour. A central theme of my research concerns how animals process information. Dealing with information is crucial for many important behaviours in an animal's life, including choosing a mate, avoiding predators, and finding food. The range of species I have studied include humans, rats, pigeons, chickadees, Clark's nutcrackers, desert ants, and honeybees. A large part of my research has concentrated on how animals deal with space and time. I have collaborations with a number of researchers around the world.

Macquarie University funds postgraduate students from anywhere in the world with scholarships. I am currently looking for students to study the behaviour of ants in Australia. We are studying one species of desert ant, the highly thermophilic the red honey ant Melophorus bagoti, that lives in cluttered semi-arid habitats. We are also launching into the study of bull ants found on campus here. The latest venture is to provide reconstructed reality for ants, replicas of their natural scenes so that we can better control and manipulate the cues. I welcome enquiries from those interested.

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pigeons Agriculture & Biology
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Projects 2006 2016

Navigating brains: the neurobiology of spatial cognition

Cheng, K., Zeil, J., Narendra, A., Barron, A., Wehner, R. & MQRES, M.

30/06/15 → …

Project: Research

Animal Behavior
Cognition
Appointments and Schedules
Research

Evolution of intelligence in small brains: how to navigate the messy natural outdoors smartly

Cheng, K., Newton, J., MQRES, M., PhD Contribution (ARC), P. C. (. & Wehner, R.

1/01/1130/06/15

Project: Research

Research Outputs 1979 2018

Cognition beyond representation: varieties of situated cognition in animals

Cheng, K., 2018, In : Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews. 13, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
cognition
Cognition
animal
Cognitive Science
Spiders

Distinguishing between apparent and actual randomness: a preliminary examination with Australian ants

Ferdous, M. J., Reynolds, A. M. & Cheng, K., Jul 2018, In : Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 72, 7, p. 1-14 14 p., 113.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nothomyrmecia macrops
ant
environmental cue
Formicidae
prediction

Landmark learning, cue conflict, and outbound view sequence in navigating desert ants

Freas, C. A. & Cheng, K., Oct 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition. 44, 4, p. 409-421 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Ants
ant
Cues
deserts
nest

Limits of vector calibration in the Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti

Freas, C. A. & Cheng, K., Feb 2018, In : Insectes Sociaux. 65, 1, p. 141–152 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

ant
deserts
Formicidae
calibration
desert

The view from the trees: nocturnal bull ants, Myrmecia midas, use the surrounding panorama while descending from trees

Freas, C. A., Wystrach, A., Narendra, A. & Cheng, K., 25 Jan 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, p. 1-15 15 p., 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Ants
Cues