The second paper from the collaboration between the Logan and Auckland Labs is out! Here, we examined whether social learning plays a role in New Caledonian crows' foraging behavior using a novel foraging task such that we were able to tease apart which learning mechanisms (e.g., imitation, emulation, stimulus or local enhancement) the crows used. We discuss our findings in relation to the crows' tool manufacture and use and their implications for cumulative culture.
I helped to organize two separate talks given by Corina Logan and Dieter Lukas, both from the Large Animal Research Group at the University of Cambridge. See the attached posters for an overview of each talk or click on their names to learn more about their exciting research!
I gave my very first conference talk at the Scottish Conference on Animal Behaviour on my masters research alongside a very impressive group of fellow PhD student speakers.
I presented a poster at the ASAB Easter 2015 conference in Durham, UK.
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend two weeks moonlighting in the Logan Lab, and most importantly, the opportunity to aid in investigations into the cognitive abilities of the small-brained, yet highly innovative, Great-tailed grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus). How do these birds measure up to the famed and large-brained New Caledonian crows? Follow Corina Logan as she sheds light onto this very question.
I have been awarded a PhD Studentship from the School of Biology and a St Leonard's College Scholarship from the University of St Andrews to conduct my doctoral research on social learning in nest-construction behavior in birds under the supervision of Lauren Guillette and Sue Healy. Beginning in February 2015, I will focus on what physical aspects of nesting materials birds may learn about from observing others construct nests.
The first publication from the collaboration between the Logan and Auckland Labs is out today, in which we discuss our findings from last summer's research investigation (see Previous Research) into New Caledonian crows' physical cognition, and their implications for the field of comparative cognition as a whole.
*PRESSS COVERAGE received from National Geographic and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
One of the crows Corina Logan, the Auckland team, and myself had the pleasure to have participate in our Summer 2013 research investigations (see Previous Research) steals the spotlight in the BBC's latest episode of Inside the Animal Mind: The Problem Solvers where he solves an 8 stage meta-tool puzzle and lives up to his namesake!
I make my film debut in Corina Logan's blog for National Geographic's Explorer Journal where she discusses what a day in the life of a crow researcher in New Caledonia entails: