I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna in the group led by Prof. Thomas Bugnyar. My main interests lie in the causes and consequences of animal movement. How does the social and physical environment shape this behaviour? What causes individual differences in movement strategies within and between populations? How does memory affect movement decisions?
My current research focuses on the behaviour of ravens (Corvus corax) during their life as non-breeders. I work in a long-term project on wild ravens at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station in the Austrian Alps. For the data collection I combine traditional methods like behavioural recording and presence-absence observations with recently developed bio-logging technoologies.
In a side project with colleagues at the KLF we study the space use, group dynamics and social relationships in a free-flying colony of Northern bald ibis, a critically endangered species. I also collaborate members with of our frog lab to study homing and orientation behaviour of three neotropical poison frog species.
Want to get in touch? Email me: mail <at> m-loretto <dot> com