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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Lucy Aplin

Research interests

Cognitive Ecology, Animal Culture, Cultural Evolution, Social Networks, Animal Behaviour.


Education and professional positions

2022 - present SERI Assistant Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2022 - present Senior Lecturer, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Australia
2018 - 2022 Max Planck Independent Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Germany
2016 - 2017 Junior Research Fellow, St John’s College, University of Oxford, UK
2014 - 2015 BBSRC Postdoctoral Researcher, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
2010 - 2014 Ph.D. student, School of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University, Australia
2003 - 2009 B.Sc. (Honours) in Evolution and Ecology, Australian National University, Australia
2003 - 2009 Bach. Laws in International and Environmental Laws, Australian National University, Australia

Selected publications

  • Aplin LM. (2022). Culture in Birds. Current Biology, R1136-1140. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.070
  • Klump BC., Major RE., Farine DR., Martin JM., Aplin LM. (2022). Is bin-opening in cockatoos leading to an innovation arms race with humans? Current Biology 32: R910-911. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.08.008
  • Smeele SQ., Conde DA., Baudisch A., Bruslund S., Iwaniuk A., Staerk J., Wright TF., Young AM., McElreath MB., Aplin LM. (2022). Coevolution of brain size and longevity in parrots. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 289: 2021239. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2021.2397
  • Klump BC., Martin JM., Wild S., Hoersch JK., Major RE., Aplin LM. (2021). Innovation and geographic spread of a complex foraging culture in an urban parrot. Science, 373: 456-460. DOI: 10.1126/science.abe7808
  • Chimento CM., Alarcon-Nieto G., Aplin LM. (2021). Population turnover facilities cultural selection for efficiency in birds. Current Biology, 31: 2477-2483. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.03.057
  • Aplin LM, Major, R, Davis, A, Martin, JA. (2021). A citizen science approach reveals long-term social network structure in an urban parrot, Cacatua galertia. Journal of Animal Ecology, 90: 222-232. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13295
  • Brakes P., Dall SRX., Aplin LM., Bearhop S., Carroll EL., Ciucci P., Fishlock V., Ford JKB., Garland EC., Keith SA., McGregor PK., Simmonds MP., Spina F., Thornton A., Wade PR., Whiting MJ., Williams J., Rendell L., Whitehead H., Whiten A., Rutz C. (2019). Animal cultures matter for conservation. Science, 363: 1032-1034. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw3557
  • Aplin LM. (2019.) Culture and cultural evolution in birds: a review of the evidence. Animal Behaviour, 147: 179-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.05.001
  • Aplin LM., Sheldon BC., McElreath R. (2017). Conformity does not perpetuate suboptimal traditions in a wild population of songbirds. PNAS, 114: 7830-7837. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1621067114
  • Aplin LM., Farine DR., Morand-Ferron J., Cockburn A., Thornton A., Sheldon BC. (2015). Experimentally induced innovations lead to persistent traditions via conformity in wild birds. Nature, 258: 538-541. DOI: 10.1038/nature13998
  • Aplin LM., Farine DR., Morand-Ferron J., Cole E., Cockburn A., Sheldon BC. (2013). Individual personalities predict social behavior in wild networks of great tits, Parus major. Ecology Letters, 16: 1365-1372. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12181
  • Aplin LM., Sheldon BC., Morand-Ferron J. (2013). Milk-bottles revisited: social learning and individual variation in the blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus. Animal Behaviour, 85: 1225-1232. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.03.009
  • Aplin LM, Farine DR., Morand-Ferron J., Sheldon BC. (2012). Social networks predict patch discovery in a wild population of songbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279: 4199-4205. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1591

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Lucy Aplin

Lucy Aplin

SERI Assistant Professor

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y13-H-46
Phone: +41 44 635 5297