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
- 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