Aplin Lab

Cognitive & Cultural Ecology


I hold a Max Planck Research Group Leader Fellowship at the MP Institute of Animal Behaviour, where I run the Cognitive and Cultural Ecology (CCE) Group.

Previously, I was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, University of Oxford, band a visiting research fellow at the Australian Museum. Before that, I studied for my PhD jointly at the Australian National University and the University of Oxford.

To find out more about my work, check out my Google scholar page and MPIAB page, and have a look around this site.

Our research explores the interactions between cognition, sociality and ecology, mostly in birds. We are particularly interested their emergent properties - social networks, animal culture and cultural evolution.

We have fun expanding our reach with the use of automated data collection, from GPS tags and microphone backpacks to PIT tag/RFID antennae interfacing puzzle-boxes.

We work on parrots and parids in the wild and in the lab. Our research projects include social cognition and urban culture in sulphur-crested cockatoos, vocal learning in parakeets and cultural evolution in tits.

Contact details
Email: laplin [at] ab.mpg.de
Address: Dr Lucy Aplin; Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Am Obstberg 1, Radolfzell 78315, Germany.