Benjamin Ashton

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  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

2022-2025: Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Macquarie University, Australia. “Understanding the relationship between the social environment and cognition”.

2019-2022: Macquarie University Research Fellowship, Macquarie University, Australia. “The relationship between cooperation, conflict and cognition”.

2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol, U.K. “The relationship between cooperation, conflict and cognition”. Advisor: Prof. Andy Radford.

2018: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Western Australia, Australia. “The causes and consequences of individual variation in cognition”. Advisor: Assoc/Prof. Amanda Ridley.

2017: Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Western Australia, Australia. “Understanding the relationship between sociality and cognition”.

2013-2017: PhD in Zoology, Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia.  Supervisors: Assoc/Prof. Amanda Ridley, Prof. Alex Thornton and Prof. Leigh Simmons.

2007-2011: MBiolSci, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield.

Research

A large component of my research investigates the causes and consequences of individual variation in cognition, with a particular emphasis on exploring the relationship between sociality and cognition.

I also have a keen interest in exploring the relationship between anthropogenic change and cognition.

Current projects

Understanding the impact of heat stress on cognition in a changing world (2022-2025, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, DP220103823).

Understanding the relationship between the social environment and cognition (2022-2025, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, DE220100096).

Understanding the relationship between sociality and cognition (2021-2024, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, DP200100566).

Sociality and cognition in lizards (2019-2022, Macquarie University Research Fellowship).

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