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.
Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction (Open access)
Herring gull aversion to gaze in urban and rural human settlements (Please email for access)