I am a behavioural ecologist interested in the development of cognition, social behaviour, and animal cultures, working both in the field and the lab. I am currently a postdoc at Ghent University, working on the effect of early-life experience on shaping how individuals adapt to changing environments.
Previously I was a postdoc at University College Cork, looking at the social and environmental factors influencing cognition and social behaviour.
I conducted my PhD in the School of Biology of the University of St Andrews under the supervision Prof. Kevin Laland and Dr. Will Hoppitt (University of Leeds). I was investigating potential teaching behaviour in several species, as well as underlying mechanisms and strategies used in social learning. The work was funded by an ERC and a John Templeton Foundation grant. For my thesis, I also collaborated with Prof. Christine Nicol at the University of Bristol, as well as with Prof. Carlos Ruiz-Miranda at the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro (UENF – Brazil).