Dr Maria Tello Ramos

Research Assistant

Harold Mitchell HMB

I am a cognitive ecologist interested in the study of animal behaviour and cognition in wild animals with an emphasis in combining both laboratory and field techniques to better understand the differences we observe in animal cognition. I have studied the foraging behaviour of wild-free living hummingbirds of several species both in Canada and in Mexico, describing the repeatability of foraging routes around several feeding locations, how hummingbirds integrate temporal information in their routes and which types of cues are used by male and female hummingbirds when foraging. I have also studied the variation in spatial memory of populations of wild mountain chickadees that live at different elevations of the American Rockies. At the moment I am part of a project lead by Prof. Susan Healy that will determine whether there is an effect of social learning in the nest and roost building behaviour of the white-browed sparrow weaver (Plocepasser mahali mahali) at the Kalahari Desert in South Africa


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Dr Maria Tello Ramos
Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

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