Amy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Trinity College Dublin in 2013, developing an interest in behavioural ecology. She completed her MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology in 2015 from the University of Exeter, investigating the presence of cultural transmission in a wild population of jackdaws. After this she spent a year working as a field assistant with the University of Cambridge, Kalahari Meerkat Project, collecting behavioural data on wild meerkats. Following from this she has undertaken a PhD with Professor John Quinn and the Evolutionary Ecology of Cognition team, investigating the proximate causes of cognitive plasticity in great tits.
Amy’s current research will focus on characterising proximate causes of variation in cognitive, looking at the social environment, microbial and parasite mediated influences on cognitive plasticity.