Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge /



Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, March 2016 – present 



Ph.D. in PsychologyUniversity of Auckland, New Zealand, Sept 2012 – Feb 2016

M.Sc. Evolutionary & Comparative Psychology: The Origins of Mind,  University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2010 – 2011 

B.A. Experimental PsychologyUniversity of Oxford, 2006 – 2009



12. Jelbert, S. A. & Clayton, N. S. (2017) Comparing the non-linguistic hallmarks of episodic memory systems in corvids and children. Current Opinion in Behavioural Sciences 17 pp. 99-106.

11. Miller, R.*, Jelbert, S. A.*, Loissel, E., Taylor, A. H. & Clayton, N. S. (2017) Young children do not require perceptual-motor feedback to solve Aesop’s Fable tasks. PeerJ5:e3484. (*joint first author)

10. Miller, R., Jelbert, S. A., Taylor, A. H. & Gray R. D. (2016) Performance in object-choice Aesop’s Fable tasks are influenced by objects biases in New Caledonian crows but not in human children. PLoS ONE 11(12), e0168056.

9. Neilands, P. D., Jelbert, S. A., Breen, A. J., Schiestl, M. & Taylor, A. H. (2016) How insightful is ‘insight’? New Caledonian crows do not attend to object weight during spontaneous stone dropping. PLoS ONE 11(12), e0167419.

8. Jelbert, S. A. (2016) Bait fishing. Encyclopaedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. 

7. Jelbert, S. A., Taylor, A. H. & Gray R. D. (2016) Does absolute brain size really predict self-control? Hand-tracking training improves performance on the A-not-B task. Biology Letters 12(2): 20150871.

6. Jelbert, S. A., Singh, P. J., Gray, R. D. & Taylor, A. H. (2015) New Caledonian crows rapidly solve a collaborative problem without cooperative cognition. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0133253.

5. Jelbert, S. A., Taylor, A. H. & Gray, R. D. (2015) Reasoning by exclusion in New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) cannot be explained by avoidance of empty containers. Journal of Comparative Psychology 129(3), pp. 283—290.

4. Jelbert, S. A., Taylor, A. H. & Gray, R. D. (2015) Investigating animal cognition with the Aesop’s Fable paradigm: Current understanding and future directions. Communicative & Integrative Biology 8(4): e1035846.

3. Logan C.J., Jelbert S. A., Breen A. J., Gray R. D. & Taylor A. H. (2014) Modifications to the Aesop’s Fable Paradigm Change New Caledonian Crow Performances. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103049.

2. Jelbert, S. A., Taylor, A. H., Cheke, L. G., Clayton, N. S. & Gray, R. D. (2014) Using the Aesop’s Fable paradigm to investigate causal understanding of water displacement by New Caledonian crows. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92895.

1. Jelbert, S. A., Hurly, T. A., Marshall, R. E. S. & Healy, S. D. (2014) Wild, free-living hummingbirds can learn what happened, where and in which context. Animal Behaviour 89, pp.185—189



2016: College Post-doctoral Associate, Jesus College, Cambridge (3 year affiliation)

2016: Post-doctoral Research Affiliate, Darwin College, Cambridge (declined to accept offer from Jesus)

2016: Placed on the Dean’s list for excellence in the PhD thesis. Awarded to the top 5% of candidates.

2012: University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

2011: First in class, M.Sc. Evolutionary & Comparative Psychology

2009: Baron Segel Fund (Travel award)

2008: P.W. Dodd Fund (Travel award)



University of Cambridge

2016 & 2017: Lecturer – 3rd year Zoology course: Evolution and behaviour: Genes and individuals (Animal Cognition series: 4 lectures)

2016 & 2017: Supervisor – 3rd year research dissertations in Psychology and Natural Sciences (4 students to date)

2017: Facilitator – Bystander Intervention Initiative (Pilot scheme in Cambridge of an 8 hour course to tackle sexual assault in University settings)

University of Auckland

2015 & 2014: Lecturer – 3rd year Psychology course: Evolution, Behaviour & Cognition (3 lectures)

2015 & 2014: Graduate Tutor – 3rd year Psychology course: Evolution, Behaviour & Cognition (8 seminars) & Honours (4th year) course: Evolutionary Psychology (6 seminars)

Other positions

2010-11: Peer Mentor – University of St Andrews, UK

2010: English teacher (TEFL) – OSCEP, Zhuhai, China

2009: English teacher (TEFL) – Project International, UK



2017: “Welfare of captive corvids in cognition research” RSPCA/APHA meeting, York, UK

2017: “Understanding corvids’ successes on causal reasoning tasks”, Behaviour 2017, Estoril, Portugal (poster)

2016: “Cultural transmission in crows”, Invited talk, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

2016: “Clever crows”, Cambridge Science centre, Cambridge, UK (public outreach)

2015: “Template matching by New Caledonian crowsCorvid Folk Meeting, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany

2015: “Tool-making crows, Nerd night, Auckland, NZ (public outreach)

2015: “Template matching in tool manufacture by New Caledonian crowsBehaviour 2015, Cairns, Australia. Invited talk in ‘Avian Cognition’ symposium

2014: “Physical cognition in wild-caught New Caledonian crows”, International Ornithological Congress 2014, Tokyo, Japan. In symposium: ‘Avian Cognition in Natural Populations’

2013: “New Caledonian crows drop stones to obtain floating rewards”, Alan Wilson Centre Annual Meeting, Palmerston North, NZ



Articles: in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times, Washington Post, The Independent, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, Daily Mail, ABC Science, Huffington Post, IFLS and more

Radio interviews: BBC World Service, BBC Radio 5 Live, ABC Australia, Radio Live (NZ)

YouTube: Videos of my research have attracted over 2.5 million views on YouTube.



Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Behaviour, Behavioural Processes, Biology Letters, Current Biology, Evolution & Human Behaviour, Journal of Comparative Psychology, PeerJ, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Scientific Reports