About me

Post-Doctoral Researcher (2014- present)

Institute of Biology
University of Neuchâtel (UniNe)

Neuchâtel, Switzerland

E: sandra.binning@unine.ch

Twitter: @binsan5

I was born and raised in Montréal, Canada, where activities involving skiing and snow were far more common than surf and sun. Nevertheless, I developed an interest in tropical ecology early on, and completed my BSc Honours degree in biology at McGill University studying seagrass communities in Barbados. Craving a study system with slightly more personality, I switched my interests to freshwater fish, completing my MSc at McGill exploring intraspecific variation and ecomorphology in East African cichlids. Having cemented my love of fish, I dreamed of returning to the marine realm, and moved halfway across the world to Australia to do it! Under the supervision of Drs.Scott Keogh and Pat Backwell at the Australian National University, my PhD thesis explored intraspecific morphological and physiological variation in coral reef fishes in response to biotic and abiotic stressors. Four years working on the Great Barrier Reef during my PhD only lead to more research questions than answers, so my Post-Doctoral research will take me back to the reef to examine the effects of parasites on reef fish cognition and learning in collaboration with Prof. Redouan Bshary at the University of Neuchâtel and Dr. Alexandra Grutter at the University of Queensland.