I just received word that I was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellow Research award to work with Prof. Iain Couzin examining how birds use visual and vocal information to coordinate group movement and maintain group cohesion. I will be based at the Max Plank in Radolfzell and the University of Konstanz, Germany. I will be starting in early May and can't wait.
I just started my new postdoc working with three different labs on one joint project. I am working on sociable weavers and looking at audience effects on cooperative behaviour. I am working with Dr. Rita Covas in CIBIO-InBIO in the University of Porto, Dr. Claire Doutrelant in CEFE CNRS in the University of Montpellier, and Dr. Fanny Rybak in CNPS CNRS in the University of Paris Sud. I am really excited to be heading to South Africa to start my field work!
Just had my third paper published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. It looks at how the mobbing behaviour of blue tits varies in response to differences in predator behaviour.
It is open access and can be downloaded here
Gave my talk this morning at Behaviour2017!
I showed that little owl naive blue and great tits in the UK do not recognize a little owl as a predator while little owl experienced blue and great tits do treat them as a high threat predator.
I got to go down to London to help out with the Rutz Lab display Crafty crows: master tool users from the tropics explaining the ecological roots of tool use in New Caledonian and Hawaiian crows at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017. It was a blast and I hope I will get to have a stand about vocal coordination of group behaviours in the future!
Today I officially Graduated!!! My parents came down and got to see the ceremony. Now I am officially a PhD.
Today I competed in the 3 Minute Thesis competition, where PhD students have 3 minutes to explain their research and the importance of their research. I won the People's Choice Award (presented in a cute mortarboard hat box)!!
Today, I along with Tayanne Corbani, Alice, Bernard, and Clemence Bonneaud brought a few new games to the Fife Show to inspire both kids and adults to interact with sound the same ways we do for our research. We had a lot of fun, and while the kids were amazingly enthusiastic, we got a lot of adults to participate and get stumped as well.
My second paper has just been published! It can be found at the following link:
Just published AudioSlides through Elsevier for my Animal Behaviour paper.