Dr. Palmyre H. Boucherie

e-mail: palmyre.boucherie@univie.ac.at

Corvid Lab Research Fellow, Department of Cognitive Biology

I’m interested in social behaviour and social cognition, and particularly in the proximate mechanisms that underlie the forms and dynamics taken by social structures, and the factors that shape the development of individual social behaviour.

I studied Ecophysiology, Ecology and Ethology at the University of Strasbourg in France, where I also completed my PhD (supervised by Dr. Valerie Dufour). During my PhD, I investigated the diversity and dynamic of social relationships in rooks (Corvus frugilegus), focusing in particular on: the behavioral mechanisms underlying pair bonding and extra-pair relationships - from emergence to dissolution -; and the structural processes shaping the network of relationships and ensuring its stability across time and demographic changes.

Since 2017, I'm working as a post-doc in Prof. Thomas Bugnyar’s lab in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna. My research mainly focuses on the ontogeny of social behaviour in corvids (e.g., ravens, Corvus corax; crows, Corvus corone cornix), and studying how nature and diversity of current and past social experiences affect the development of individual social strategies.

Keywords: Social behaviour, social cognition, social relationship, pair bonding, monogamy, social structure, social network analysis