Having studied biology at Oxford University, I won a Commonwealth scholarship for a PhD at the University of Auckland. I then moved to the University of Cambridge,  where I was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College. I took up a position as Lecturer at the University of Auckland in 2012. In 2014 I was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship and was promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2015 I was awarded the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Award  from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Since this time I have set up the Clever Canine Lab and the Kea Cognition Lab to run alongside the New Caledonian crow lab at UoA.