- D.Phil. Oxford University, 1990
- Junior Research Fellow, St John's College, Oxford, 1990-93
- Lecturer, Dept of Psychology, University of Newcastle, UK, 1993-99
- Lecturer, Edinburgh University, 1999-2005
- Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University, 2006-present
I have several avenues of research currently underway all stemming from an interest in relationships between behaviour and the correlated neural processing, specifically the processing of spatial information:
Adaptive specialisation of memory. Laboratory studies comparing memory capabilities between food storing and non-storing passerine birds using touch screen operant techniques. We are also investigating the neural and endocrinological bases of spatial learning and memory in birds. With postdoctoral researcher Dr Simone Meddle and in collaboration with Dr Tom Smulders, School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK.
Effects of behavioural experience on the development of the avian hippocampus, particularly in migrant songbirds. This is a collaborative project with Prof J.R. Krebs, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Prof. E. Gwinner, Max-Planck Institut, Andechs, Germany.
Field tests of spatial memory and context-dependent choice in hummingbirds. These are collaborative projects with Dr T. A. Hurly, Dept of Biological Sciences, Univ of Lethbridge, Canada and Dr Melissa Bateson, School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle, UK.