A native Aussie, I've relocated to the U.K., first as a Postdoctoral Researcher and now as a Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. I am supported by the BBSRC and by St John's College, Oxford.
I study social behaviour, social networks, and animal culture, mostly in birds (great tits and blue tits). The great tit population we work on is at Wytham woods, Oxfordshire. This woodland is home to one of the longest running ecological studies in the world, starting in 1947. More recently, it has seen a small revolution with the advent of miniature electronics. We use passive integrated transponders (PIT-tags) to remotely follow birds over the winter 'flocking' season. I use a variety of automated devices to interface with these PIT-tags, allowing for largely remote data collection.
I've been using these methods to explore two different areas related to social ecology: firstly, the relationship between personality and the social environment; and secondly, how novel behaviours transmit through social network ties to form lasting traditions.
If you would like to find out more, including my latest research, look up my twitter account @LucyMAplin and the Diffusion Experiment page
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