I am a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck. I head the Cognitive and Cultural Ecology Group at the Max Planck for Ornithology, Radolfzell. I'm also a research associate at the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford.

Before that, I studied Zoology at the Australian National University, and did my PhD jointly at the Australian National University and the University of Oxford. After my PhD, I remained at Oxford, first as a BBSRC Postdoctoral Research with Prof. Ben Sheldon, and then as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, University of Oxford (until Oct 2017). 

My research group explores the interactions between cognition, social dynamics and animal culture, mostly in wild populations of birds. We are particularly interested in how cognition and culture relate to behavioural ecology.

We have fun running experiments and conducting observations using largely automated data collection, from GPS-tags to PIT-tag/RFID antennae interfacing puzzle-boxes.

 If you would like to find out more about the work of myself and the CCE lab group, check out my google scholar page, my Oxford page and my MPIO page, and look around the rest of this site.

Contact details -

Email:  laplin [at] orn.mpg.de

Address: Lucy Aplin; Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Am Obstberg 1, Radolfzell 78315, Germany.