Seirian Sumner is a Reader in Behavioural Ecology at University College London. She obtained a BSc in Zoology and a PhD at University College London, and then studied leaf-cutting ants as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Koos Boomsma’s lab in Copenhagen. In 2008, she received the L'Oreal for Women in Science Fellowship Award. Serian Sumner’s work focuses on understanding social behavior, from genes to phenotypes. She is particularly interested in exploring what molecular analyses can tell us about the early stages social evolution, and she uses tropical Polistes paper wasps as a main study system, besides working also on bumble bees and ants. Serian has published over 50 scientifc papers on threse topics.