I started my PhD program with Dr. Kelly in September 2014. During my PhD, I am investigating 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 am involved in coordinating our new canine cognition research project. Using volunteer pet dog participants from the community, we are investigating 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, New Brunswick, Canada. 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 (view Publications). 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.