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Principal Investigator

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Alex Thornton

Cognitive and cultural evolution




Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Guill McIvor

Avian life history and human-wildlife conflict





Amanda People


Amanda Lucas

Cognition and human culture





PhD students

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Richard Woods

Vocal communication and cognition in jackdaws






Michael People
Michael Kings

Information use in jackdaws




Victoria People
Victoria Lee

Relationship intelligence in jackdaws






MRes students

Emma Doyle
Verity Bridger
Jenny Coomes

Former group members

Alison Greggor
PhD student, University of Cambridge, 2012-2016: A critical evaluation of neophobia in corvids: causes, consequences and conservation implications

Gabrielle Davidson
PhD student, University of Cambridge, 2010-2014: Functions of Gaze Sensitivity and Iris Colour in Birds

Jolle Jolles
BBSRC-funded Research Assistant, Cambridge Jackdaw Project, 2010-2012
PhD student, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, 2012-
Read about Jolle and his work on Mudfooted.com and JolleJolles.com

Lies Zandberg
Masters intern, University of Wageningen and Cambridge Jackdaw Project, 2012

Rebecca Pearce
MPhil student, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, 2011-2012

 

News
  • We are advertising 2 new PhD positions on social bonding (NERC)

    and social learning (BBSRC)
     

    Cooperative breeding doesn’t make you smarter. New paper open access in Journal of Zoology

     

    New TREE paper: The evolution of individual and cultural variation in social learning


    New paper on human cumulative culture in Scientific Reports

     

    Jackdaws recognise human faces! Gabrielle’s new paper is out. See coverage on ITV and BBC

     

    New ESRC grant! Cognitive Requirements of Cumulative Culture: Expts with Typically Developing and Autistic People. Collaborating with Christine Caldwell & Francesca Happé
     

    New paper with Oxford collaborators in Nature: cultural conformity in great tits
     

    Enormous congratulations to Gabrielle who passed her PhD viva. Well done Dr Davidson!
     

    Comparative cognition can help conservation: read Alison’s new paper in TREE
     

     

    Coverage of Gabrielle’s Biology Letters paper in the press and on YouTube
     

     

    Gabrielle has a new paper accepted in Biology Letters! 

     

    Gabrielle’s gaze sensitivity review is out!

     

     

    Took part in our survey about corvids in your garden? Click here to see preliminary results.

    New publications: 

    - Comparative cognition for conservationists. Trends Ecol. Evol.

    - Towards wild psychometrics. Behav. Ecol.

    - How and why are some animals so smart?. Behav. Ecol.

    - Jackdaw nestlings can discriminate between conspecific calls but do not beg specifically to their parents. Behav. Ecol.

    – Salient eyes deter conspecific nest intruders in wild jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Biol. Lett.

    – Gaze sensitivity: function and mechanisms from sensory and cognitive perspectives. Anim. Behav.

    – Heterogeneous structure in mixed-species corvid flocks in flight. Anim. Behav.

    Animal Minds: Phil. Trans. issueAnimal Minds e1345931827281 People

    -Identification of learning mechanisms in a wild meerkat population. PloS ONE

    – Innovative problem-solving in wild meerkats. Anim. Behav.

    – How do banded mongooses locate and select anvils for cracking encased food items? Behav. Proc.

    – Teaching can teach us a lot. Anim. Behav.

    – Cooperation and punishment in nature. TREE

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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