Update: I no longer work full-time in animal cognition research. However, I continue to be fascinated by animal intelligence, and am happy to answer any and all crow-related questions.
Overview: Until July 2018 I was 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.
My research investigated how intelligence evolves. I ran aviary experiments with wild and hand-raised birds to understand the 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.
At Cambridge, I worked 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