Dr Camille Troisi


Camille obtained her BSc Environmental Biology, at McGill University (Canada), and her PhD from the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK). During her PhD, she worked on teaching behaviour and social learning in primates and birds, and conducted field work in Brazil. From 2016 to 2018 she worked as a research assistant at different institutions in the UK, looking at social behaviour, cognition, and nest building. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at UCC working on the evolution of cognition in great tits.

Research Interests

Camille is a behavioural ecologist interested in cognition, social behaviour, and the interaction of the two. Her doctoral work focused on potential cases of teaching behaviour, to investigate whether adults modified their behaviour in the presence of juveniles and whether juveniles learned from those modified behaviour. While working on social learning, she also developed a keen interest in the effects that early life experience have on the development of juveniles. She uses both field and lab work to investigate factors influencing social learning and cognitive skills. As a postdoc working with Prof. John Quinn, her work will focus on individual variation of cognition in wild great tits.



1. Cooney CR, Sheard C, Clark AD, Healy SD, Liker A, Street SE, Troisi CA, Thomas GH, Szekely T, Hemmings N, Wright AE. 2019. bioRxivEcology, phylogeny and the evolution of developmental duration in birds.

Key Papers

4. Troisi CA, Mills DS, Wilkinson A, Zulch HE. 2019. A need for greater inclusivity and diversity in scent detection dog research: A reply to Lazarowski et al. And Byosiere et al. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 14, 87-89

3. Troisi CA, Mills DS, Wilkinson A, Zulch HE. 2019. Behavioral and cognitive factors that affect the success of scent detection dogsComparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 14, 51-76

2. Troisi CA, Hoppitt WJE, Ruiz-Miranda CR, Laland KN. 2018. Food-Offering Calls in Wild Golden Lion Tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia): Evidence for Teaching Behavior? International Journal of Primatology. 39(6), 1105-1123

    1. Data and Code available on OSF: https://osf.io/syexm
    2. News coverage by The NationalScots scientists lead breakthrough on endangered monkey 

1. Edgar J, Held S, Jones C, Troisi CA. 2016. Influences of maternal care on chicken welfareAnimals, 6(1),2



Camille Troisi

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Post Doctoral Researcher



UCC Ornithology Research Group

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC North Mall Campus, North Mall, Cork City,