Dr Benjamin Ashton

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Research Biography

Ben currently holds an Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship. After completing his PhD at the University of Western Australia, he held successive fellowships at UWA and Macquarie University, as well as a postdoctoral position the University of Bristol. The majority of Ben’s research investigates the causes and consequences of individual variation in cognition.


Research Interests

Ben is a multidisciplinary researcher whose research encompasses cognitive ecology, animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and anthropogenic change. Currently, Ben's research interests can be categorised into two broad themes – first, Ben seeks to determine the causes and consequences of variation in cognition, with a particular interest in understanding the relationship between the physical and social environment and cognition. Second, Ben aims to determine the role of cognition in how animals respond to anthropogenic change.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Western Australia

… → 2017

Master of Science, University of Sheffield

… → 2011

Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sheffield

… → 2010

External positions

Research Associate, University of Cape Town

2023 → …

Research Areas

  • Evolutionary biology and palaeontology
  • Ecology and conservation

Supervisory Interests

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Cognitive ecology
  • Anthropogenic change
  • Cognitive evolution
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Ornithology
  • Animal behaviour


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