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Jennifer Coomes


Jenny graduated from the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in 2015 with a BSc in Zoology. Throughout her three years she established a keen interest in ornithology, animal behaviour and evolution. For her third year project she worked on colour change and camouflage in shore crabs and having enjoyed designing and carrying out a research experiment, she was inspired to continue on at the Penryn campus to do a Masters by Research in 2016. Her Masters thesis was entitled “Collective responses to antipredator recruitment calls in the jackdaw” with Dr Alex Thornton and the Cornish Jackdaw Project. She has now undertaken a PhD with Professor John Quinn and the Evolutionary Ecology of Cognition team, investigating the ultimate consequences of individual variation in cognition for the life history and fitness of great tits.

Research Interests

Jenny’s current research will focus on the evolutionary and ecological processes underlying cognitive variation including the behavioural mechanisms linking cognitive ability to life history variation.



Jennifer Coomes

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UCC Ornithology Research Group

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