Dr Neeltje Boogert

Dr Neeltje Boogert’s research focuses on the mechanisms and fitness consequences of cognition. During her PhD at McGill University in MontreaI, Canada, she studied avian cognition in a wide range of bird species in captivity as well as in the field, from Zenaida doves in Barbados to song sparrows in the United States to zebra finches in Australia. She developed tests to measure cognitive performance in species’ natural habitats, and found that in song birds, better singers might be smarter. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, where she investigates how stress experienced during early development affects social relations and network positions in zebra finches. She resides in Cambridge and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge University’s Zoology Department.