I am a behavioural ecologist currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology where I am working within the Communication and Social Behaviour research group.
My research is focuused on how animals change their behaviours in response to environmental changes driven by human activity, such as urbanisation and anthropogenic noise. For my PhD research I studied the impacts of urban noise on vocal communication in great tits (Parus major), canaries (Serinus canaria) and zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). In addition to this I also studied the behaviour of great tits in urban and rural environments to determine whether urbanisation favours particular behavioural traits such as aggression or boldness.
Currently I am involved in research on zebra finches looking at the long term impacts of urban noise on stress and reproductive success.