I am a behavioural ecologist interested in animal personality, social cognition, foraging behaviour and conservation.
I am currently based at Gent Universiteit as a postdoctoral researcher, working on the effects of early-life environmental factors on inhibitory control in birds, with Professor Frederick Verbruggen and Professor Luc Lens.
During my PhD at the University of Manitoba with Professor Debbie Kelly, I investigated how sociality and other ecological factors, such as cache reliance and dietary breadth, influence complex cognitive abilities in different species of corvids: pinyon jays (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana), scrub jays (Aphelocoma californica), and black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia).
Additionally, I was involved in coordinating our new canine cognition research project. Using volunteer pet dog participants from the community, we investigated how nutritional and demographic variables influence self control in domestic dogs.
Previously, I completed my undergraduate and my master’s degrees in Biology at the Université de Moncton with Professor Marc-André Villard. For my M.Sc., I focused on demographic parameters and on the behavioural ecology of the ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), a migratory songbird species. For my first chapter, I tried to identify which factors were influencing the apparent survival rate of male Ovenbirds over long time frames. For the second, I studied whether female songbirds were able to build their nest away from areas with a high density of potential nest predators.