I'm a behavioural biologist with a primary focus on animal communication systems and how these systems have evolved to help mediate complex social behaviours.
To date, much of my research has focused on the temporal and social aspects of vocal interactions in bottlenose dolphins, and their use of individually distinctive signature whistles. I have nearly a decade's worth of experience studying marine mammal acoustic communication, as well as extensive experience in assessing the consequences of anthropogenic noise disturbance on marine mammal populations.
My current research interests lie with exploring the role vocal communication plays in mediating complex social behaviours, such as cooperation, in animal systems. I continue to use bottlenose dolphins as a model system, with the aim of understanding how dynamic social environments may influence and shape the communicative strategies that animals employ when making decisions of when and with whom to cooperate.
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2015 - Present
2014 - 2015
2012 - 2015
2012 - 2014
2008 - 2012
2007 - 2008
2003 - 2006
2015 - 2020
2015 - 2020
2008 - 2011
Research Fellow, Centre for Evolutionary Biology, University of Western Australia,
Postdoctoral Scientist, Dolphin Research Centre, Florida, USA
Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, UK
Principal Scientist, SMRU Consulting, St Andrews, UK
PhD in Biology, University of St Andrews, UK
Masters of Research in Marine Mammal Science, University of St Andrews, UK
Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Zoology, University of Leeds, UK
UWA Early Career Researcher Fellowship Support Program - AUD 30,000
Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellowship - CHF 500,000
BBSRC Doctoral Training Grant - GBP 50,000