Dr. Lucy M. Aplin

Dr. Lucy M. Aplin

Research Group Leader

Main Focus

I study information use, social networks and social learning, mostly in wild populations of birds. Broadly, I am interested in the interactions between individual behaviour, social dynamics and animal culture. My current and past work has asked questions like: what is the process by which new behaviours emerge, spread and persist in animal populations? Can the cultural inheritance of information form an important component of a species’ life history? What is the relationship between cognition, demographics, and cultural evolution?

Curriculum Vitae

            • 2017: Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany
            • 2015-2017: Junior Research Fellow, St John’s College & Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, U.K.
            • 2014-2015: B.B.S.R.C. Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, U.K.
            • 2010-2013: PhD, Research School of Biology, Australian National University
            • 2003-2009: Bachelor of Science (Hons), Australian National University
            • 2003-2009: Bachelor of Laws, Australian National University

            Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

            • IMPRS Faculty
            • MPI for Ornithology Radolfzell
            • Research Group Aplin
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