Welcome

 

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.

My main research focuses in understanding:

1. the effects of the physical and social environments on cognition in animals;

2. the long-term consequences of the physical and social environments on individuals’ fitness.

 

To answer these questions, I investigate different research topics:

  • Inhibitory control: the cognitive ability to inhibit an « instinctive » response. For example, not hitting your computer when it is slow, so that you don’t break it.
  • Caching: the behaviour involving storing food for future times, as found in squirrels, chickadees, or corvids.
  • Animal personality: the behavioural responses that consistently differ between individuals over time and across contexts, like exploration and aggression. 
  • Habitat selection: the choice an individual make for a particular habitat in preference to others, at many different levels (e.g., breeding area, territory, nest).

As side projects, I have also been working on the following topics:

  • Abstract concept-learning: the cognitive ability to learn a new abstract concept, such as same/different or more/less.
  • Mirror self-recognition: the cognitive ability to recognise self when looking in a mirror.
  • Methods in comparative cognition: in collaboration with Benjamin Farrar (University of Cambridge).