Short CV/Education and training

  • 2017 – 2022
    Max Planck Research Group Leader Fellowship, Max Planck Society

  • 2017 – 2019
    Research Associate, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology

  • 2016 – 2017
    Visiting Fellowship, Australian Museum Research Institute

  • 2015 – 2017
    Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, St John’s College

  • 2014 – 2015
    BBSRC Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford

  • 2010 – 2014
    Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, Australian National University

  • 2008 – 2009
    B.Sc. Biology (Honours, Awarded 1st class), Australian National University

  • 2003 – 2008
    LL.B. Laws, Australian National University

Selected publications

  • Aplin, LM., Major, R., Davis, A., Martin, JA. (2020) citizen science approach reveals long-term social network structure in an urban parrot, Cacatua galertia. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press.

  • Aplin, LM. (2019) Culture and cultural evolution in birds: a review of the evidence. Animal Behaviour, 147: 179-187.

  • Brakes, P., Dall, SRX., Aplin, LM., Bearhop, S., Carroll, EL., Ciucci, P., Fishlock, V., Ford, JKB., Garland, EC., Keith, SA., McGregor, PK., Simmonds, MP., Spina, F., Thornton, A., Wade, PR., Whiting, MJ., Williams, J., Rendell, L., Whitehead, H., Whiten, A., Rutz, C. (2019) Animal cultures matter for conservation. Science, 363: 1032-1034.

  • Aplin, LM., Sheldon, BC., McElreath R. (2017) Conformity does not perpetuate suboptimal traditions in a wild population of songbirds. PNAS, 114: 7830-7837.

  • Aplin, LM. (2016) Understanding the multiple factors governing social learning and the diffusion of innovations. Current Opinions in Behavioral Science, 12: 59-65.

  • Aplin, LM., Farine, DR., Morand-Ferron, J., Cockburn, A., Thornton, A., Sheldon, BC. (2015) Experimentally induced innovations lead to persistent traditions via conformity in wild birds. Nature, 258: 538-541.

  • Aplin, LM, Firth, JA, Farine, DR, Voelkl, B, Crates, RA, Culina, A, Garroway, CJ, Hinde, CA, Kidd, LR, Psorakis, I, Milligan, ND, Radersma, R, Verhelst, B, Sheldon, BC. (2015) Consistent individual differences in the social phenotypes of wild great tits, Parus major. Animal Behaviour, 108: 117-127.

  • Aplin, LM.*, Farine, DR.*, Mann, RP., Sheldon, BC. (2014) Individual-level personalities influence social foraging and collective behaviour in wild birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281: 20141016.

  • Aplin, LM., Farine, DR., Morand-Ferron, J., Cole, E., Cockburn, A., Sheldon, BC. (2013) Individual personalities predict social behavior in wild networks of great tits, Parus major. Ecology Letters, 16: 1365-1372.

  • Aplin, LM., Farine, DR., Morand-Ferron, J., Sheldon, BC. (2012) Social networks predict patch discovery in a wild population of songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279: 4199-4205.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Cognitive and Cultural Ecology of Urban Parrots

  • Vocal Cultures and Social Dynamics in Parrots

  • Cultural Evolution in tits (parids)

  • Social Networks and Transmission of Information in tits (parids)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

  • Cultural Evolution Society (CES)

  • Parrot Researchers Group (PRG)

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