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2023: Anglia Ruskin University: Biology QR funding awarded to me to recruit two Research Assistants and support research travel costs, £3,300

2023: Anglia Ruskin University: Equipment bid, awarded to Dr Caglar Akcay, Dr Julia Mackenzie and I for RFID equipment, £4,500

2022: Rethink Priorities: Consultancy income generation to ARU on Moral Weight Project, £3,300

2022: Anglia Ruskin University: Research Development Support Grant awarded to me as PI, £10,000

2022: Anglia Ruskin University: QR Funding awarded to me as PI, £5,000

2021: University of Cambridge: Career Support Fund awarded to me as PI, £5,000

2021: Global Challenge Research Fund: India-Oxford Initiative Collaboration Building Grant awarded to Dr Nishant Kumar, titled "Street-smartness in people and stray dogs", £5,000. I am a named co-applicant

2021: Cambridge University: co-applicant with Prof Clayton in securing funds to support lab avian research facility, £50,000

2021: Isaac Newton Trust: 50% matched funding awarded to me for Early Career Leverhulme Fellowship, £50,000. Reached final round from 700+ applicants for Leverhulme Fellowship

2019: Isaac Newton Trust: 50% matched funding awarded to me for Early Career Leverhulme Fellowship, £75,000. Shortlisted from 700 applicants for Leverhulme Fellowship

2018: European Research Council Advanced Grant: I led in securing 12-month project extension supporting myself and 5 other members of staff at University of Cambridge, €600,000


2015-2021: European Research Council Advanced Grant awarded to Prof. Nicola Clayton, titled: "Tool-use as a tool for understanding causal cognition in humans and corvids", €2,164,833. Funded my Postdoc positions at Cambridge University, I took a lead role in managing this grant including 4 financial reports

2015: Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy: Marietta Blau Grant, €15,000 – awarded to me but not taken up as accepted Cambridge University Postdoctoral post


2015: University of Vienna: Dissertation Completion Fellowship, €6,000 – awarded to me but not taken up as accepted Cambridge University Postdoctoral post


2012-2015: Vienna Science and Technology Fund awarded to Prof. Thomas Bugnyar & Dr. Christine Schwab, titled "Modelling social transmission: how relationships, group size and group structure influence social learning in wild and captive corvids". Funded my PhD at Vienna University

2011: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland: as Avian Research Coordinator, I obtained the funding and support from RZSS to facilitate the creation of an Avian Cognition Centre (no longer extant) at Edinburgh Zoo, in collaboration with St Andrews University, including sourcing and training suitable birds for a subject group (captive azure-winged magpies) and ringing wild carrion crows after obtaining a British Trust of Ornithology ringing permit to create of a wild crow field site within the Zoo


Conferences, Courses and Media engagement

Attendance and Chair Roles:

-Conservation Behaviour webinar, International Remote Seminar on Frontiers in Social Evolution (FINE), virtual (attendance), 2023

-Primate Society for Great Britain, ARU, UK, (attendance, chair, organising committee), 2023

-Rethink Priorities and London School of Economics, Interspecies welfare comparisons, UK (externally funded participation and chair role), 2022

-Animal Behaviour Society twitter conference, virtual (attendance); 2021

-Association for Study of Animal Behaviour, virtual (attendance); 2020

-Association for Study of Animal Behaviour, winter meeting, UK (attendance), 2015


Talks & Poster Presentations, Panel speaker, Session leader:

-Department of Biology, University of Oxford research seminar, UK (invited talk), 2023

-Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour winter meeting, UK (peer-reviewed posters on ManyBirds and Bali myna Project – latter presented by my MSc student Arnaud Bruat), 2023

- Captive Breeding Meeting, Wildwood Kent, Paradise Park, Kent Widllife Trust, virtual (invited talk), 2023

-Big-Team Science Conference, virtual (invited talk on ManyBirds, hackathon contributor in two sessions), 2023

-ARU PGR Conference, UK (chair role; my BSc student received top poster prize); 2023

-Cambridgeshire Bird Club, UK (invited talk on Bali myna Project); 2023

-British Ornithologists’ Union and IBIS Journal, Birds as individuals conference, UK (invited keynote talk), 2022

-Big-Team Science Conference, virtual (organising committee, invited talk on ManyBirds, hackathon leader on ManyMany consortium, panel speaker on BTS leadership), 2022

-Animal Welfare Group Nigeria, virtual (invited talk on ManyBirds), 2022

-International Society for Behavioural Ecology conference, virtual (peer-reviewed talk on ManyBirds), 2022

-Animal Behavior Society Conference, Costa Rica, (peer-reviewed talk on ManyBirds by other Co-Founder Dr Megan Lambert), 2022

-Anglia Ruskin University, Biology Seminar Series & Employability Seminar, UK (invited talks); 2022

-Anglia Ruskin University, Conservation Behaviour Teaching Outline, UK (invited, peer-reviewed talk); 2021

-University of Cambridge, Research Staff Symposium, UK (talk on Research Associate research); 2021

-University of Cambridge, Comparative Cognition Lab Meeting, UK (talk on Research Associate research); 2021

-British Psychological Society, UK (peer-reviewed talks on co-supervised PhD student research), 2018 & 2019

-European Conference for Behavioural Biology, Liverpool, UK and Prague, Czech Republic (2018 = peer-reviewed poster on Postdoc research & 2014 = peer-reviewed talk on PhD research)

-International Ethological Conference, Newcastle, UK and Portugal (peer-reviewed posters on PhD and Postdoc research), 2017 & 2013

-University of Cambridge, Comparative Cognition Lab Meeting, UK (talk on Postdoc research), 2016

-International Society for Behavioural Ecology conference, New York, USA (peer-reviewed talk on PhD research, 1205 participants), 2014

-Evolutionary Significance of Consistent Behavioural Variation, Debrecen, Hungary (peer-reviewed talk on PhD research), 2014

-Comparative Cognition Seminar, University of Vienna, Austria (peer-reviewed talk on MSc thesis), 2013

-Corvid symposium, Lund University, Sweden (peer-reviewed poster on MSc thesis), 2012

-Comparative Cognition Seminar, Grunau, Austria (peer-reviewed talk on BSc thesis), 2008


Courses and Workshops:

-Anglia Ruskin University (2023): Radio-frequency identification (RFID) training workshop (organiser role)

-Rethink Priorities (2021): Cognition, Welfare and the Problem of Interspecies Comparisons Workshop, virtual

-Anglia Ruskin University (2021-date) and Cambridge University, UK (2015-2021): Courses on PGR Supervisor Training; PhD Viva Chair Training; First Aid Training; Home Office Personal License; Teaching and Communicating with Impact; Undergraduate Supervision; Fire Training Safety; Recruitment Essentials (including equality and diversity); Data Protection; Safeguarding Children etc

-Vienna University, Austria (2013): Animal Welfare & Practical Training Workshop

-Animal Concepts, UK (2012): Animal Welfare Workshop

-Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, UK (2011): British Trust of Ornithology ringing permit



Publications that have featured my research – including BBC, Independent, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, New Scientist, The Herald, Cambridgeshire Independent, Science Daily,, National Geographic, Psychology Today, Science Alert, Cell, The Wildlife Society, Daily Star, Popular Science, Inverse, Ethologische


TV/ Video – The Associated Press Feature with Dr Rachael Miller at Waddesdon Manor (2023:, “The mind of the universe” VPRO (Netherlands)


Radio – BBC Radio 4 Today Programme (2023); BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (2022 and 2023)


Other – Lead author on Conversation article (2023:, my research featured in Conversation article (2023:, invited to comment on a Current Biology paper in the New York Times:, 2023), featured under ASAB WomeninScience Twitter campaign (March 2023, ~4000 views) (2023), Chelmsford Science Festival (2023), Cambridge Science Festival (2017), Talks at various schools and nurseries in Cambridgeshire on child development research (2017-2019).

Other Activites

Academic Editor: PLOS ONE (2022-date, impact factor 3.752, Q1 journal)

Invited Guest Editor: Special Issue in 1) Learning and Behavior (impact 1.926, publication due 2024) and 2) Frontiers in Psychology (impact factor 4.232, publication due 2023)

Invited Symposium Organiser: Symposium dedicated to Prof Nicky Clayton at Comparative Cognition Conference, April 2024, USA, with Dr Josh Plotnik of City University of New York

Conference Organiser: Primate Society of Great Britain, Spring Meeting at ARU (May 2023) and European Conference on Behavioural Biology (2026) hosted by ARU

Memberships: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, International Society for Behavioural Ecology, Comparative Cognition Society, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Grant and PhD Reviewer: Austrian Science Fund (2023), French National Research Agency (2023), National Fund for Scientific Research (2023)

External PhD Interviewer: University of Cambridge (2023)

Ad hoc journal reviewer: including Cognition, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, PLOS ONE, Biology Letters, Learning & Behavior, Animal Cognition, American Journal of Primatology, Behavioural Processes, Peer J, Frontiers in Zoology, Ethology, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Behavior, European Journal of Wildlife Research, Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Animal Cognition and Behavior

Other: Waddesdon Support Group Volunteer (COVID-19 national lockdown 1, 2020, UK)

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