Investigating the relationship between heat stress and cognition in a wild animal

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Research on the impact of global warming on wildlife is accumulating. However, one aspect has been understudied: how high temperatures may affect animal cognition. Here, I review existing evidence for heat-mediated cognitive impairment in animals, propose a framework for future research in wildlife, and apply it to investigate whether heat-mediated cognitive decline occurs in wild southern pied babblers (Turdoides bicolor). My research provides evidence for short-term heat-mediated cognitive impairment in adults and long-term impacts of high temperatures during development on both adult learning performance and reproductive success. These findings lay a foundation for integrating animal cognition in climate change studies.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Ashton, Benjamin, Supervisor
  • Ridley, Mandy, Supervisor
  • Simmons, Leigh, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date19 Mar 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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