I’m currently employed as a post-doc at EcoScience, Aarhus University, where I work on monitoring bat activity above land and sea. We use machine learning in combination with passive acoustic monitoring and also employ MOTUS tags to detect individuals directly. I’m also still wrapping up my final PhD chapters, see below.
I was broadly interested in the evolution of complex cognition and culture. More specifically I focussed on the emergence of socially learned vocal behaviours in parrots. I studied vocalisations and social behaviour of the monk parakeet, an invasive parrot in many European cities. I also did comparative work trying to link vocal complexity, social complexity, brain size and longevity across parrots. I was supervised by Dr. Lucy Aplin and Dr. Mary Brooke McElreath.
Our latest work showed a unique voice print for individuals and dialects across the European range of monk parakeets. For the latter we also published a video explaining the results to the general public.
Tagged monk parakeet preening its partner (that managed to remove its tag) in Ciutadella park, Barcelona.