I conducted my PhD investigating social modulation of heart rate in greylag geese at the Konrad-Lorenz research station in Austria. After my PhD I broadened my expertise in the field of social cognition, investigating cognitive mechanisms underlying cooperation in carrion crows and ravens. I have held several post-doctoral periods in international labs (CNRS Strasbourg, NTNU Trondheim, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen, University of Valladolid).
My research interests include social physiology, social cognition, the evolution of cooperation, competition in animal groups and the role of communication in cooperative interactions.
Previously, I was chair of Anglia Ruskin's Animal and Environmental Biology Group’s Research Ethics Committee and a member of the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Research Ethics Committee.