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Research Interests

  • Behavioural ecology and evolution of social insects
  • Development and function of personality differences in social insects – individuals and colonies
  • Mechanisms that facilitate the evolutionary shift from solitary to social behaviour in Vespid wasps
  • Environmental influences (e.g., climate) on development and performance of bees and wasps
  • German yellowjacket biology, invasiveness, and population structures
  • Group behavioural patterns applied to swarm robotics



Jandt, J. (2023). Insects and spiders make up more than half NZ's animal biodiversity: Time to celebrate these spineless creatures. The Conversation. Retrieved from

Detoni, M., Johnson, S. L., Adams, C. I. M., Bengston, S., & Jandt, J. M. (2023). Older, but not wiser: Social wasp colony defensive behavior decreases with time, not experience. Insectes Sociaux, 70, 81-96. doi: 10.1007/s00040-022-00893-1

Chen, J. P. L., Dickinson, K. J. M., Barratt, B. I. P., & Jandt, J. M. (2022). Beetle (Coleoptera) communities inside and outside the pest-resistant fencing of a New Zealand ecosanctuary. New Zealand Entomologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00779962.2022.2120594

Neupert, S., Jandt, J. M., & Szyszka, P. (2022). Sugar alcohols have the potential as bee-safe baits for the common wasp. Pest Management Science, 78, 3005-3011. doi: 10.1002/ps.6925

Perry, B. J., Mohammadi Darestani, M., Ara, M. G., Hoste, A., Jandt, J. M., Dutoit, L., … Ingram, T., & Geoghegan, J. L. (2022). Viromes of freshwater fish with lacustrine and diadromous life histories differ in composition. Viruses, 14(2), 257. doi: 10.3390/v14020257

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