PhD opportunities in lizard behavioural ecology at Macquarie University

I currently have several openings for PhD students in my research group. My lab has two major research themes: cognition and animal communication/social behaviour. These themes encompass several disciplines and recent projects include sexual selection, mating systems, signalling and cognition in a multitude of lizard species (blue-tongues, water dragons, eastern water skinks, great desert . . . → Read More: PhD opportunities in lizard behavioural ecology at Macquarie University

Dan Noble talks lizard cognition

The Reptile Living Room interviewed Lizard Lab member Dan Noble about our recent Biology Letters paper on spatial cognition in Eastern Water skinks. Here’s what he had to say:

PhD Scholarship opportunity to work on social intelligence in Egernia skinks

Macquarie University is currently offering MQRES scholarships for prospective Australian or NZ PhD students who can commence by 15 December 2012.

We know this is short notice, but the combination of a positive outcome in the latest funding round from the Australian Research Council and the availability of Macquarie-funded PhD scholarships for domestic . . . → Read More: PhD Scholarship opportunity to work on social intelligence in Egernia skinks

Hot off the press! “Learning outdoors: male lizards show flexible spatial learning under semi-natural conditions”

For anyone interested in comparative cognition, these are exciting times and 2012 has been a good year for lizards! Manuel Leal and Robert Powell’s study of Anolis cognition demonstrated that lizards are capable of behavioural flexibility. (Behavioural flexibility, a key feature of advanced cognition, is the ability to solve a novel problem, or develop . . . → Read More: Hot off the press! “Learning outdoors: male lizards show flexible spatial learning under semi-natural conditions”

Mole-rats varied life boosts the brain — ABC Science

Read an account of our recent work on mole-rat spatial cognition by Dani Cooper of ABC science. This work was carried out by Lydia du Toit while she she was on a postdoc with Martin.

Mole-rats varied life boosts the brain — ABC Science

Natal mole-rat (Cryptomys hottentotus natalensis). Photo © Jenny Jarvis.

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Influence of spatial environment on maze learning in an African mole-rat

We have just published a study on African mole-rat cognition which provides evidence that captivity in a less stimulating environment can result in a decline in cognitive performance. Recently caught mole-rats from the wild performed better in a maze test than long-term captives living in a simple environment. This suggests that your environment can . . . → Read More: Influence of spatial environment on maze learning in an African mole-rat