Core team

A multi-site collaborative Open Science approach to avian cognition and behaviour research

Core team

A multi-site collaborative Open Science approach to avian cognition and behaviour research

The team members

ManyBirds is led by a core team of researchers, with separate specific study teams formed to lead on each study. If you are interested in collaborating or would like more information about the ManyBirds Study 1 on neophobia in birds, please review our projects, Sign up documents or contact us at: manybirdsproject1@gmail.com.

Founder: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Core Team: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Study 1 Team: Neophobia in birds (Feb 2021)

Dr Rachael Miller (Harrison)

University of Cambridge, UK

” I am a Research Associate at Cambridge University and a Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University. I use comparative, developmental and ecological approaches to exploring the evolution of cognition, particularly in birds and human children. I investigate potential applications for cognition research to conservation actions, such as in critically endangered Bali myna. “

Founder: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Core Team: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Study 1 Team: Neophobia in birds (Feb 2021)

Dr Megan Lambert

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
” I am an Elise Richter Fellow at the Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. I study kea (a notoriously curious and innovative parrot species) with a particular focus on their physical cognition, including their understanding of invisible physical properties such as weight, the limits of their tool-using abilities, and the causes and functions of their curiosity. “
Core Team: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Study 1 Team: Neophobia in birds (Feb 2021)

Dr Stephan A. Reber

Lund University, Sweden

” I am a crocodilian specialist and study cognition and communication in alligators.Crocodiliansandbirdsformthe last remaining Archosaurs. I investigate cognitiveperformance in several bird and crocodilian species. I then link these findings tophylogeny and the size of certain brain areas. This allows me to trace the path ofcognitive evolution through deep time in the Archosaurs”

Core Team: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Study 1 Team: Neophobia in birds (Feb 2021)

Dr Vedrana Šlipogor

University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
“I am a USB postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, in Budweis (České Budějovice), Czech Republic. My research focuses on consistent inter-individual differences, i.e., animal personality, and its links with physiology and cognition in captive and wild common marmosets, and several other species of non-human primates, ungulates and subterranean rodents.”
Core Team: ManyBirds (Nov 2021)

Elias Garcia-Pelegrin

University of Cambridge, UK

” My current research focuses on the use of deceptive motions to investigate attention, perception and complex cognition in corvids, cetaceans and primates, as well as the evolution of human artistic behaviour in the Upper Palaeolithic.”

Core Team: ManyBirds (Nov 2021)

Dr Jinook Oh

Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
” I work as an experimental software/hardware developer with a focused on conducting behavioural experiments with animal subjects, using open-source electronic tools, in order to increase efficiency, data quality and quantity, and to decrease human cues/biases, financial cost and time. My current biological interests are on individual (functional) interactions in a biological system while it shows adaptability in continuously changing environment. “
Core Team: ManyBirds (Feb 2021)
Study 1 Team: Neophobia in birds (Feb 2021)

Emma Arbeau

UX designer / Web designer

“I design and develop websites and apps to make the user’s experience easy, enjoyable, and accessible. While the exact methods varies from product to product and company to company, behavioral studies remain the main component of the processes. “

Study 1 Team: Neophobia in birds (Feb 2021)

Dr Claudia Mettke-Hofmann

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

”  I investigate how evolutionary forces such as ecological factors, social organization, and life-style have shaped information gathering, learning, and memory on the species, population and individual (personality traits) level. “

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