Senior Lecturer and Branco Weiss Fellow, University of Bristol

My research focuses on the mechanisms of animal behaviour, particularly the cognitive basis of social behaviour, and the evolution of complex communication.

Current projects include a long-term study of the male alliances found in the Shark Bay dolphin population in Western Australia, providing a unique opportunity to understand how vocal communication strategies may have evolved to facilitate male cooperation.

I use a combination of field-based playback experiments, drone technology, long-term datasets, and social network analyses to explore communication’s role in the evolution of cooperation.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol
  • 2015–2019
    Branco Weiss Fellow, University of Western Australia