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Associate Professor, University of the Free State

I am a behavioral ecologist with a focus on the evolution of complex cognition and communication in wild mammals. Through my career thus far I have investigated central questions in cognitive ecology and communication research by studying species with unusual social structures and foraging habits, such as yellow mongoose and gelada monkeys. I am currently focusing on cognition and functional traits in wild canids (bat-eared foxes and black-backed jackals), and have been moving into transdisciplinary research that includes public health and urban ecology angles.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer , University of the Free State

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Senior lecturer
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation