I have a broad interest in the ecology and evolution of animal behaviour, with particular focus on animal architecture, including nests and tools, as well as movement ecology.
Currently I am studying nest building behaviour in birds with Prof. Sue Healy at University of St Andrews.
Other websites: University website; ResearchGate; Healy Lab website
Many animals build various types of structures, such as nests and tools. I am interested in the interaction between the construction behaviour of the builder animals and the morphology and function of the resulting artefacts.
New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) make and use hooked tools for extracting invertebrates from vegetation. In behavioural experiments with temporarily-captive, wild-caught crows, we found that crow age, manufacture method and raw material properties affect tool morphology, and that hook morphology in turn influences crows' foraging performance (Sugasawa et al. 2017 Current Biology).
Long-distance migration in Asian raptors
Every year, billions of animals travel between their breeding and wintering sites over thousands of kilometres. I am interested in which factors influence long-distance migration, and how migratory behaviour evolved.
I am collaborating with Prof. Hiroyoshi Higuchi in Japan to determine important factors in migration of Oriental honey buzzards (Pernis ptilorhynchus).
In my MSc project, I investigated how weather conditions en route affect migratory route selection in grey-faced buzzards (Butastur indicus) using computer simulations.
I have reviewed manuscripts for the following journals:
Animal Behaviour; Animal Biotelemetry; Royal Society Open Science; Advances in the Study of Behavior; Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences; Behavioral Ecology; Scientific Reports