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Dr Felicity Muth

(principal investigator)

I started as an assistant professor at UT Austin in September 2019. Prior to that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nevada, Reno, and at the University of Arizona. I’m originally from London, and did my PhD at the University of St Andrews.

I am broadly interested in animal behaviour and cognition, especially aspects of learning and memory that have a clear function in the natural world. I have worked with a range of species, taking a question-driven approach and am currently working with bumblebees.
I work primarily in the lab, but also at field sites in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

In addition to science, I am a strong proponent of science communication. Between 2012 and 2017 I wrote for Scientific American MIND. My blog, 'Not Bad Science' aimed to make research in animal behaviour and cognition accessible to a popular audience. Follow me on twitter @notbadscience


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Harry Siviter, postdoctoral researcher (starting Jan 2020)

I am a post-doctoral researcher investigating bumblebee cognition in the Muth lab, University of Texas. I conducted my PhD research at Royal Holloway, University of London which was focused on investigating the impact of agrochemicals on bees. I am fascinated by animal behaviour and cognition with an ever-increasing passion for conservation and ecology. Website.

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Caroline strang, postdoctoral researcher (starting November 2019)

Caroline is currently in David Sherry’s lab at the University of Western Ontario and will be joining the lab in November 2019.


I am currently recruiting graduate students - for more information see “Join the lab