I am a behavioural ecologist interested in activity patterns and sleep. During my PhD, I investigated the effects of urban light pollution on sleep in birds. More recently, I have become interested in the behavior of shorebirds that breed under constant daylight in the arctic. Previous research has shown substantial diversity in the activity patterns of these birds. Intriguingly, male pectoral sandpipers have the least sleep also have the greatest reproductive success. How do males attract females when they have had hardly any sleep? How does activity relate to reproductive success in other shorebirds, with different mating systems? To what extent can male shorebirds change their activity in different social contexts? These are some of the questions that I am exploring during my postdoctoral fellowship.
2021 – current: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence (formerly Max Planck Institute for Ornithology)
2020 – 2020: Research Assistant, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University (Australia)
2019 – 2020: Research and Teaching Assistant, School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne (Australia)
2015 – 2019: PhD in Animal Behaviour and Ecological Physiology, School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne (Australia)
2013 – 2013 Honours Degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University (Australia)
2010 – 2012 Bachelor of Science with majors in Zoology, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Monash University (Australia)