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I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of York, UK (view profile here), working for Katie Slocombe on an ERC funded project comparing Joint Attention skills across humans, chimpanzees, and Sulawesi crested macaques. We are examining whether other primate species are able to share attention about objects in the same way that humans can, or whether they have some of the skills that might be required for this ability. It's a pretty cool project and we'll be sharing our findings ASAP!!

I completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews (view profile here) where my research topic was gestural communication of wild bonobos. Bonobos are closely related to chimpanzees, separated by ~0.8 million years of divergent evolution. Their social behaviour is somewhat different from that of chimpanzees,
and I'm interested in how those behavioural
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differences translate into communicative differences. The Sulawesi crested macaques seem to share some similarities to the bon
obo social structure, with multi-male multi-female groups, and a roughly egalitarian female hierarchy. I've spent a while with the macaques now and was struck by how much more active they are than bonobos! Always getting in each other's business! It will be neat to see whether that comes through in our behavioural data.

During my PhD, I conducted two 6-month study seasons at Wamba fieldsite in DRCongo. My second field season was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. I also conducted a short study at Kalinzu, Uganda, to do some comparative work with chimpanzees. I've just finished conducting fieldwork at Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, where I spent ~10 months with the macaques.

Before beginning my PhD, I worked as a field assistant at Wamba for the Max Planck Institute. Before that, I studied at Quest University Canada, graduating in 2012 and receiving a distinction for my Keystone project (thesis) on my research at CaƱo Palma Biological Station in Costa Rica.