About Me


I am a Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Chester (UK). I am also an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck College (UK).

Aside from teaching, I am affiliated with other universities and research institutes to conduct my research:

Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, University of Oulu (Finland)
Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University (Japan)
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Germany)
Department of Biology, Wilkes University (USA)
Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, Department of Psychology, University of Exeter (UK).


I have a broad research interest, but my main research theme lies in the evolution of cognition. Research fields/topics that I am highly interested in include urban wildlife cognition, cognitive ecology, animal behaviour and cognition, comparative cognition, learning, problem solving, and innovation.

I take interdisciplinary approach (incorporating psychology such as animal behaviour/animal cognition, ecology such as behavioural ecology, and evolution) to answer my research questions. My work is mostly funded by external sources such as ASAB, JSPS. 

Depending on the research question, I work with different animal species that include honeybees and bumblebees,  pigeons, various endangered species of parrots (e.g, Great Green Macaws, Blue-throated Macaws). However, my main study models have been in grey squirrels, Sciurus carolinensis, and red squirrels, S. vulgaris

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