I now work at as a doctoral student in Lund University Cognitive Science department within Cognitive Zoology group. My work focuses on investigating the cognitive abilities of corvid birds and great apes in order to gain understanding in how cognition evolves independently in different animal groups. My research focuses on the planning and self-control abilities of the ravens (Corvus corax) in order to understand if such future-oriented cognitive feats are within reach for the crow birds. We also collaborate with other researchers working with crows and parrots from University of Oxford and Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology in order to broaden the comparative dataset.
Here I work with the ravens in Lund University Corvid Cognition Station which is situated around 40 km east of Lund. Animal research has many challenges but at the same time it’s very rewarding to spend time with such amazing animals.
My earlier work experiences on animal behaviour during my master studies definitely helped me in getting my current doctoral position. I am especially thankful to my master supervisor Jan Åke Nilsson for his support and his feedback. I learned so much from the courses on Evolutionary Ecology and Ornithology offered at the Ecology Department, as well as from all the teachers who were passionate for their subjects. After the completion of my master’s I also did some voluntary work in Sweden and in Germany on the subject of animal cognition, which helped me getting accepted to my current position.
Can Kabadayi, graduated in 2011, PhD student
Master’s degree in Biology, Animal Ecology, with special focus on Behavioural Ecology