Julie Morand-Ferron


Julie Morand-Ferron
Associate Professor




The major goal of my research is to understand how cognition (learning, memory and decision-making) is shaped by the selective environment. My research is focused on avian behaviour, using mainly experiments in the field but also captive studies, as well as comparative methods. I use an integrated approach, drawing from behavioural ecology, cognitive ecology and evolutionary ecology.

Selected publications:
  • Aplin L., Farine D.R., Morand-Ferron J., Cockburn A., Thornton A. and Sheldon B.C. Experimentally induced innovations lead to persistent culture via conformity in wild birds. Nature, Online Advance Access Publication 3 December 2014, doi: 10.1038/nature13998, 2014
  • Cole E. F., Morand-Ferron J., Hinks A. and Quinn J. L. Cognitive ability influences reproductive life history variation in a wild population. Current Biology, 22:1808-1812, 2012
  • Morand-Ferron J., and Quinn J. L.. Larger groups of passerines are more efficient problem solvers in the wild. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:15898-15903, 2011
  • Morand-Ferron J., Varennes E. and Giraldeau L.-A.. Individual differences in plasticity and sampling when playing behavioural games. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278:1223-1230., 2011
  • Morand-Ferron J., Cole E. F., Rawles J. E. C., and Quinn J. L.. Who are the innovators? A field experiment with two passerine species. Behavioral Ecology 22:1241-1248., 2011
  • Morand-Ferron J., Sol D. and Lefebvre L.. Food-stealing in birds: brain or brawn? Animal Behaviour 74: 1725-1734, 2007

Fields of Interest

  • Behavior
  • Cognition
  • Evolution
  • Life history
  • Urban ecology
  • Field studies
  • Birds
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