I am a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck. I head the newly formed Cognitive and Cultural Ecology Group at the Max Planck for Ornithology, Radolfzell. 

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.

My research group is still newly starting, so please check back in the next couple of months to get more information on the research activities of lab members. If you would like to find out more about my work, check out my google scholar 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.