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).