Poppy Lambert, MSc


Curriculum Vitae

Poppy Lambert earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, where she focused on the study of animal cognition. She studied for a MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London.

In 2018 she undertook a research project as part of the Ioannou Lab at the University of Bristol. She used a freshwater fish species and virtual prey to investigate aspects of predator choice. She also has experience as a Research Assistant in Prof. Katie Slocombe’s group at the University of York, where she assisted on a project studying the similarities and differences in communication within chimps and humans. 

In June 2019 she began her PhD at the Comparative Cognition unit of the Messerli Research Institute. She is part of the team working on the project “The Innovation Problem: Factors Influencing Innovative Tool Use in Human Infants and Cockatoos” (supervisor: Prof.-Doz. Alice Auersperg). During the course of her PhD she will carry out studies with both the Goffin’s cockatoos and children to learn about several aspects of problem solving, innovative behaviour and the development of cognitive abilities in the two species. 

Main Fields of Research

Comparative Cognition

Tool use

Innovation & Problem Solving 

Research Projects



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