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Michael Chimento is using captive Great Tits as a model system to explore questions related to cultural evolution of efficiency and complexity. He's broadly interested in how demographic conditions, such as population size and turnover, may affect cultural trajectories. Currently, Michael is a second year PhD candidate at the Max Planck for Animal Behavior, working under the auspices of the Aplin Lab of Cognitive and Cultural Ecology (https://sites.google.com/site/lucymaplin/home). Besides experimental work with the Tits, he is working on agent-based-models to provide verification for verbal hypotheses in cultural evolution, and is working to further develop automated data capture software using low-cost solutions. You can follow his work on twitter (www.twitter.com/evogom) and github (www.github.com/michaelchimento).