Last week I had the wonderful experience of hosting my friend and colleague, Sarah Jelbert (University of Cambridge), as a guest speaker here at St Andrews. Her talk was titled: Mental template matching and cultural transmission in New Caledonian crows. To read more about her work, click here!
Thrilled to have joined forces with the amazingly talented Alina Loth for her latest Research Illustration project aimed at using art and images to communicate science. To view the illustrated version of my PhD and quest to understand how birds understand how to build a nest, click here!
Thrilled that my very first, first author (alongside co-authors Lauren Guillette and Sue Healy) review paper is out in Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews! Read all about why nest building by birds is a useful model system for the study of learning, memory & brain-behaviour relationships! Available for download below, or online reading here!
The nest building team strikes again! This time we were at the Edinburgh Science International Science Festival to engage with the community through our pop-up science event: Why do Birds Build Nests? Here, both children and adults were provided the opportunity to view and handle birds' nests from our collection and to have their own go at building a nest themselves - harder than it sounds! Many decided to take their architectural accomplishment home with them, however, others helped to decorate our tree (see below), which, if I do say so myself, gives social weaver birds a run for their money! More photos can be found here.