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Oscar Ramos-Rodriguez

  • Bsc Biological Sciences
  • Research Technician
  • Royal Holloway University of London School of Biological Sciences
  • 3PublicationsNumber of items in Oscar's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 3Followers


Currently I am working as a research technician with Dr Mark Brown and Dr Nigel Raine at RHUL. The research is included in the Insect Pollinators Initiative and the aim is to investigate the ecology and behaviour of British bumblebees and honeybees, especially the host-parasite evolution and effects of pesticides in their behaviour. Before that, I worked with Prof. Lars Chittka at Queen Mary University of London, investigating the learning capabilities of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris), and the differences between different populations of this species across Europe. Previously, I spent 10 months working as a volunteer at the Institute of Zoology (Zoological Society of London) where I investigated social parasitism in Bombus terrestris. We found that some workers enter unrelated (non-natal), con-specific colonies in which they lay (male) eggs. Before moving to London, I worked as a scientific observer in trawler ships for the Spanish Oceanographic Institute, collecting population data and biological samples at different North Atlantic fishing grounds. That data help to understand the population dynamics of commercial species and help their conservation. As a technician, I have been acknowledged in the following scientific papers: Lihoreau L., Chittka L. & Raine N. E. (2010) Travel Optimization by Foraging Bumblebees through Readjustments of Traplines after Discovery of New Feeding Locations The American Naturalist 176: published online Ings T.C. & Chittka L. (2009). Predator crypsis enhances behaviourally-mediated indirect effects on plants by altering bumblebee foraging preferences. Proc. Royal Soc. B 276: 2031-2036. Ings TC, Raine NE & Chittka L. (2009). A population comparison of the strength and persistence of innate colour preference and learning speed in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 63: 1207-1218. Leadbeater E.A. & Chittka L. (2009). Bumble-bees learn the value of social cues through experience.Biology Letters 5: 310 - 312 Molet M, Chittka L & Raine NE (2009). Potential application of the bumblebee foraging recruitment pheromone for commercial greenhouse pollination. Apidologie 40: 608-616. Molet M, Chittka L & NE Raine. (2009). How floral odours are learned inside the bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) nest. Naturwissenschaften 96: 213-219. Ings, T.C . & Chittka, L. (2008). Speed accuracy tradeoffs and false alarms in bee responses to cryptic predators. Current Biology 18: 1520-1524. Molet M, Chittka L, Stelzer RJ,  Streit S & NE Raine . (2008). Colony nutritional status modulates worker responses to foraging recruitment pheromone in the bumblebee Bombus terrestris . Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 62: 1919–1926. Raine NE & Chittka L. (2008) The correlation of learning speed and natural foraging success in bumble-bees. Proceedings of the Royal Society - Series B 275: 803-808. Raine, N.E., Ings, T.C., Dornhaus, A, Saleh, N. & Chittka, L. (2006) Adaptation, chance, and history in the evolution of bee foraging behavior. Advances in the Study of Behavior 36: 305-354. Ings, T., Raine, N.E. & Chittka, L. (2005) Mating Preference of Commercially Imported Bumblebees ( Bombus terrestris ) in Britain (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Entomologia generalis 28: 233-238 Lopez-Vaamonde C, Koning JW, Brown RM, Jordan WC & Bourke AFG (2004). Social parasitism by male-producing reproductive workers in a eusocial insect. Nature 430: 557-560.

Research interests

Recent publications

  • Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual- and colony-level traits in bees

    • Gill R
    • Ramos-Rodriguez O
    • Raine N
  • Lifetime reproductive success and longevity of queens in an annual social insect.

    • Lopez-Vaamonde C
    • Raine N
    • Koning J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Research Technician

School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London

February 2011 - Present

research assistant

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London

March 2004 - December 2010(7 years)

research technician (volunteer)

Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

June 2003 - February 2004(8 months)


Graduate Certificate in Statistics

Birkbeck, University of London

October 2011 - June 2012(8 months)

BSc Biological Sciences, major Zoology

Facultad de Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

June 1987 - September 1992(5 years)


Followers (3)

Following (1)

  • Ralph Stelzer

    Ralph StelzerQueen Mary University of London School of Biological and Chemical Sciences