Frank Grasso invited me to visit with his research group in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College in New York. During my visit I was able to chat with his large team about their diverse work on fiddler crabs and nesting behaviour in monk parakeets. They also took me on a tour of the some of the monk parakeet nests around Brooklyn (pictured below). While I was there I also gave a seminar in the Graduate Psychology Colloquium of some our work on social learning and early life experience in nest building in zebra finches. Lots of the work I spoke about is part of Alexis Breen's PhD thesis, which she is completing in the next few months! Thanks for Frank, his team, and colleagues (and some that travelled from CUNY Queen College!) for a fantastic and intellectually stimulating visit.
I'm so pleased to welcome Andrés Camacho-Alpízar to the team - he will be starting his PhD this fall with me in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. Learn more about Andrés and his research here: https://andrescamachoalpizar.weebly.com/
At the The Association of Young Social Learning Researchers workshop this summer on nest-building in birds. Way to go Alexis!
I recently spent two weeks at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve working with Andy Yong's Sparrow Weaver team. We (me, Sue Healy, Maria Tello Ramos) are looking at nest building behaviour in these social birds. Maria is out there until April - lucky her!!!
I gave a talk at the 2018 BBSRC kick-off meeting about how my AFLF (now called the Discovery Fellowship) helped advance my career. It was amazing to meet the newest members of the BBSRC family and hear about their world-class bioscience research.
Alexis Breen gave her 3rd year talk to members of the School of Biology and I gave a talk about being/wining a Research Fellowship. Picture below of Alexis, me, and some of our colleagues from Biology who gave career advice to the post-graduate audience. The Careers Event was hosted by the School of Biology Equality and Diversity Committee.
I'm honoured that my name appears on the list below recognizing the 2017 APS (Association for Psychological Science) Rising Stars. More information about this designation can be found by clicking here.
I spent three days discussing individual variation in cognition with the folks pictured below. This was made possible by the hard work of Jo Madden and his team - who hosted and organized the workshop. Thanks to the ERC for funding this successful meeting! Twitter @CognWork
I gave a talk about how to measure cognition - a prelude to a meta-analysis I am conducting on the relationship between animal cognition and personality.
Alexis Breen gave a talk on more of her PhD work at the 4th Annual Institute for Behavioural and Neural Sciences (IBANS) Symposium.