I’m a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the Comparative Cognition Lab led by Prof Nicky Clayton.
Broadly I’m interested in how intelligence evolves. I run aviary experiments with wild and hand-raised birds to understand the types of cognitive mechanisms that underpin these birds’ behaviour. I conducted my PhD at the University of Auckland with Prof Russell Gray and Dr Alex Taylor. Here, I studied the cognitive abilities of New Caledonian crows, a species of corvid that manufactures tools in the wild.
I‘m currently working on an ERC funded grant to trace the evolution and development of physical cognition among human children, jays and crows.
Links and Selected Media:
- Google Scholar
- New York Times – Crows clever enough to learn a shell game
- National Geographic – Q&A
- The Guardian – Crows clever as kids
- YouTube – Causal understanding of water displacement