Miss Jessica E.M. van der Wal

Postgraduate student

Harold Mitchell PhD Office
tel. 01334 463500
fax. 01334 463366

I have a keen interest in exploring the (foraging) ecology of tool use in New Caledonian crows.

I started my PhD in August 2013 under the supervision of Dr Christian Rutz, on a scholarship funded by the School of Biology and the 600th Anniversary of St Andrews Fund.

In 2012 I graduated cum laude in Ecology from Wageningen University and Research centre in the Netherlands. My master thesis explored the social network structure of wild juvenile Hihi Notiomystis cincta, a rare endemic bird from New Zealand, supervised by Prof. Marc Naguib (Wageningen UR) and Dr Rose Thorogood (Cambridge University).

Throughout my studies and in the months prior to to my PhD, I have gained ecological fieldwork experience in Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, New Zealand and the Netherlands. I have received travel and research grants from the Alberta Mennega Stichting, the Schure-Beijerinck-Popping Fund, the Royal Dutch Zoological Society and the British Ecological Society.

Besides my scientific focus, I have a keen interest in science popularization. Throughout my future career I hope to contribute to disseminating scientific ideas so that the general public can comprehend the fundamental concepts and gain awareness of the essence of science.

van der Wal JEM, Dorenbosch M, Immers AK, Vidal Forteza C, Geurts JJ, Peeters ET, Koese B, Bakker ES. (2013) Invasive crayfish threaten the development of submerged macrophytes in lake restoration. PLoS One; (10): e78579. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078579



Rutz, C, Sugasawa, S, van der Wal, JEM, Klump, BC & St Clair, J 2016, 'Tool bending in New Caledonian crows' Royal Society Open Science, vol 3, no. 8, 160439. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160439
St Clair, J, Klump, BC, van der Wal, JEM, Sugasawa, S & Rutz, C 2016, 'Strong between-site variation in New Caledonian crows' use of hook-tool-making materials' Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol 118, no. 2, pp. 226-232. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12757
Klump, BC, van der Wal, JEM, St Clair, J & Rutz, C 2015, 'Context-dependent 'safekeeping' of foraging tools in New Caledonian crows' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 282, 20150278. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0278
Miss Jessica E.M. van der Wal
Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

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