Faces of ELSR: Jennifer Morinay

I have always been fascinated by behavioural ecology. Yet, social learning became my main research interest only in PhD, when I started studying the use of heterospecific social information for breeding site selection in passerines. Since then, decision-making, social learning and personality differences are at the core of my research.  Studying what drives within- and […]

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Faces of ELSR: Luca Hahn

Humans have always been interested in the behaviour of conspecifics and other animals, but we now live in a time where we study behaviour and cognition as meticulously and systematically as never before. As an inquisitive animal watcher and passionate learner since my childhood, I consider myself as extremely lucky to study animal behaviour. I […]

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Surviving the Viva: PhD defences remembered

The PhD viva (or defence) is likely one of the most stressful moments of many academics’ professional lives. What’s worse is that this rite of passage doesn’t even follow the same format across institutions or countries, making preparing for your viva even more difficult. Will it be a public or private defence? Will you make corrections before or after defending? Will you be faced with internal or external examiners, and how many? To shed at least a little light on the experience, Cultured Scene asked early-career researchers who studied in a variety of countries to explain how their defence worked, and to offer advice to students preparing for their own defence.

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