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I'm James Foster, a computational Postdoc in the lab.

About me

After my PhD at the University of Bristol in the U.K., during which I studied how animals perceive polarized light, I moved to Lund University, Sweden, to study navigation in nocturnal dung beetles. I recently joined the Brochado lab to work on computational approaches to identifying functional effects of drug-drug interactions.

My project

My work focusses on the development of computational tools to identify and quantify the drivers of species specificity for the effects of drug combinations on bacteria.



Google Scholar, Publons

  • Olsson P, Johnsson RD, Foster JJ, Kirwan JD, Lind O & Kelber A (under revision) Chicken colour discrimination depends on background colour. J. Exp. Biol. MS#JEXBIO/2019/209429 

  • Franzke M, Kraus C, Dreyer D, Pfeiffer K, Beetz MJ, Stöckl AL, Foster JJ, Warrant EJ & el Jundi B (2020) Spatial orientation based on multiple visual cues in monarch butterflies. J. Exp. Biol. jeb.223800 doi: 10.1242/jeb.223800

  • Dacke M, Bell A, Foster JJ, Baird E, Strube-Bloss M, Byrne MJ & el Jundi B (2019) Multimodal cue integration in the dung beetle compass. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 116 (28) 14248-14253 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1904308116

  • Foster JJ, Kirwan JD, el Jundi B, Smolka J, Khaldy L, Baird E, Byrne MJ, Nilsson D-E, Johnsen S & Dacke M (2019) Orienting to Polarized Light at Night-Matching Lunar Skylight to Performance in a Nocturnal Beetle. J. Exp. Biol. 222, jeb.188532 doi: 10.1242/jeb.188532

  • Dahake A, Stöckl AL, Foster JJ, Sane SP, Kelber A (2018) The roles of vision and antennal mechanoreception in hawkmoth flight control. eLife 7:e37606 doi: 10.7554/eLife.37606

  • Wilby DW, Riches S, Daly IM, Bird A, Wheelright M & Foster JJ (2018) Hermit Crabs (Pagurus bernhardus) Use Visual Contrast in Self-Assessment of Camouflage. J. Exp. Biol. 221, 173831 doi: 10.1242/jeb.17383

  • Foster JJ, Temple SE, How MJ, Daly IM, Sharkey CR, Wilby D & Roberts NW (2018) Polarisation Vision: Overcoming Challenges of Working with a Property of Light We Barely See. Sci. Nat. 105(27) doi: 10.1007/s00114-018-1551-3

  • Kirwan JD, Bok MJ, Smolka J, Foster JJ, Hernández JC & Nilsson D-E (2018) A Diadematid Urchin Uses Low Resolution Vision to Find Shelter and Deter Enemies. J. Exp. Biol. 221, 176271 doi: 10.1242/jeb.176271

  • Foster JJ, Smolka J, Nilsson D-E & Dacke M (2018) How Animals Follow the Stars. Proc. R. Soc. B 285, 20172322 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2322

  • Foster JJ, el Jundi B, Smolka J, Khaldy L, Nilsson D-E, Byrne MJ & Dacke M (2017) Stellar Performance - Mechanisms Underlying Milky Way Orientation in Dung Beetles. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 372, 20160079 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0079

  • el Jundi B, Foster JJ, Khaldy L, Byrne MJ, Dacke M & Baird E (2016) A Snapshot-Based Mechanism for Celestial Orientation. Curr. Biol., 26(11) 1456–62 doi: 0.1016/j.cub.2016.03.030

  • el Jundi B, Foster JJ, Byrne MJ, Baird E & Dacke M (2015) Spectral Information as an Orientation Cue in Dung Beetles. Biol. Lett., 11(11), 20150656 doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0656

  • Foster JJ, Sharkey CR, Gaworska AV, Roberts NW, Whitney HM & Partridge JC (2014) Bumblebees Learn Polarization Patterns. Curr. Biol., 24(12) 1415–20 doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.05.007

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