Madeleine Goumas

A little bit about me

I’m a PhD student and Research Technician who graduated with a Bachelors degree in Zoology from the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in 2018.

I have always been interested in animal behaviour and cognition, and, after moving to Cornwall, I started to notice and observe the local herring gulls. I quickly became aware of their poor reputation and found their relative tameness and ability to cope with urbanisation intriguing. Upon graduating, I started a Masters project investigating herring gulls’ use of human cues (in particular, gaze direction and handling of food) and have since extended this into a PhD project.

More broadly, I am interested in human-animal interactions and the effects they have on animals’ subsequent behaviour.


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