Mr Andrew Katsis

Research Associate in Animal Behaviour

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise

I am a post-doctoral researcher, currently studying behaviour and prenatal communication in the superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus). My research interests include vocal learning, personality, cognition and begging behaviour in songbirds.

Research expertise

I am a post-doctoral researcher, currently studying behaviour and prenatal communication in the superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus). My research interests include vocal learning, personality, cognition and begging behaviour in songbirds.

place Physical Sciences Building (2303C)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I completed my undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Melbourne, where I studied personality and vocal learning in an Australian songbird, the superb fairy-wren. For my PhD research, I moved to Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, where I studied prenatal communication in the zebra finch. In addition to my research interests, I am also an avid science communicator, and have contributed to magazines, online news, radio and television. In 2014, I produced and hosted the radio programme 'A Science Story' on SYN 90.7 FM in Melbourne. In 2018, I appeared as a guest scientist on the Netflix series 'Bill Nye Saves the World.' I am currently Life Science editor for Lateral magazine, which publishes popular writing by early-career scientists.

Qualifications
  •      Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne (2007–11)
  •      Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne (2007–11)
  •      Master of Science (Zoology), University of Melbourne (2012–13)
  •      Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology), Deakin University (2016–present)
Honours, awards and grants
  •      Outstanding Outreach Award (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage/Ecological Society of Australia, 2017)
  •      Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (Ecological Society of Australia/Equity Trustees; 2016–2018)
  •      Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award (Birdlife Australia; 2016–2018)
  •      Valedictorian, Faculty of Science (University of Melbourne, 2013)
  •      Deans Honours List (University of Melbourne, 2013)
  •      F.H. Drummond Prize (University of Melbourne, 2013)
  •      Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (2012–2013)
  •      Howitt Natural History Scholarship in Natural Science (University of Melbourne, 2011)

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