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Erin Siracusa

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

I am a behavioural ecologist and outdoor enthusiast. I am broadly interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary importance of social interactions among animals in the wild. I completed my PhD at the University of Guelph in Canada where I worked on the Kluane Red Squirrel Project. I am now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter in England where I am exploring how social behaviour and social relationships change across the lifespan and what the causes and consequences of this so-called 'social aging' are. My research uses a long-term study of rhesus macaques on the island of Cayo Santiago to investigate these questions and offer insight into the role of social relationships in the aging process in humans. When not exploring the social lives of animals, you can almost always find me outdoors where I enjoy hiking, camping and kayaking.


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter
  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter
  • 2019–2019
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Guelph
  • 2017–2017
    Sessional Lecturer, University of Guelph
  • 2012–2013
    Nature Up North Project Manager, St. Lawrence University


  • 2018 
    University of Guelph, PhD
  • 2012 
    St. Lawrence University, BSc