I am a Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK and I am currently acting Deputy Head of the Department of Biology. My primary research interests are invertebrate community ecology and behaviour.
Before moving to Anglia Ruskin University I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London (2009 -2012). During my fellowship I used the common bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, as a model to better understand the determinants and expression of pollinator behavioural plasticity in response to environmental change. This species is particularly interesting as it has recently shifted from having a single spring/summer generation to having a second winter generation in southern parts of the UK.
Prior to my fellowship (2006-2009) I was as a NERC funded postdoc studying predator avoidance behaviour in bumblebees with Prof. Lars Chittka (Queen Mary). During this time I also developed an interest in animal movement and especially
how animals search for food under different environmental conditions.
From 2003 to 2006 I studied for a PhD in behavioural ecology in the Chittka lab at Queen Mary. My work involved carrying out an ecological comparison between commercially imported and native subspecies of the important pollinator B. terrestris.
Before starting my PhD I was an ecological entomologist at CABI Bioscience. I worked on several DEFRA funded projects assessing the impacts of agricultural management on farmland wildlife. The largest of these projects examined the effects of lowland grassland management on farmland bird populations via its impact on plant and invertebrate communities.
To contact me please email: thomas.ings[at]anglia.ac.uk