Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) International Society of Behavioural Ecology (ISBE) Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI)
animal psychology and cognition
social learning and social cues
decision-making within social groups
Areas of expertise
Broadly speaking, my research interests span animal cognition and behavioural ecology, specifically the link between psychological & physiological mechanisms and ecology & function.
I am particularly interested in social interactions and communication, especially the development and use of signals and cues within and between species. I am also interested in how humans affect animal behaviour, through direct interactions and through human impacts on the environment.
Currently my research focuses on the impact of anthropogenic environmental changes on fish behaviour: whether behaviour drives alerations in habitat use, distribution changes and ultimate reproductive & survival success, or whether behaviour may be compensating for some of the physiological effects, at least in the short term.
Previously, I have investigated social information use in wild British birds, focussing on social leaning and other social influences on foraging decisions in the European starling, including the use of imitation, and responses to human eye-gaze cues.