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Research interests

The research interests of my group include: cultural evolution, animal culture, animal communication, and theoretical evolutionary biology. We investigate patterns of cultural change in bird song, attempt to unpick vocal learning through observational and experimental methods, and model cultural evolution from humpback whale song to consumer attitudes to risk. Please see our website: for more!

Research interests (continued)

Current members of the lab are:

Marianne Sarfati (PhD Student) 

Warren Horrod-Wilson (PhD Student)

Lies Zandberg (Leverhulme ECF)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • Behavioural biology
  • communication
  • sexual selection
  • Psychobiology
  • auditory perception
  • Animal psychology
  • social learning
  • cultural evolution

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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