Juliane Gaviraghi Mussoi

MSc Animal Ecology from Lund University (Sweden); BSc Biological Sciences from University of Caxias do Sul (Brazil)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I am a Ph.D. candidate studying cognitionsong complexity, ornamentation and sleep of New Zealand fantails/pīwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) and Australian magpies (Cracticus tibicen), supervised by Dr. Kristal Cain and Dr. Margaret Stanley.

I have an MSc in Animal Ecology from Lund University (Sweden). My Master thesis focused on mirror-mediated spatial location in great tits (Parus major). During my masters, I also studied cognition and problem-solving in great tits under the supervision of Dr. Anders Brodin.

After my MSc I did a 3-month internship in the Vision Group at Lund University, supervised by Dr. Almut Kelber, investigating parrot vision by testing detection of moving dots in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).

I have a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Caxias do Sul (Brazil), and in my Bachelor's thesis, I analyzed how human presence impacts the behaviour of Southern Lapwings (Vanellus chilensis). During my bachelor's, I was awarded a scholarship from the Brazilian federal government to study two semesters at Thompson Rivers University (Canada). There, I also participated in research investigating the effects of parental care and quality of offspring plumage coloration in mountain bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) under the supervision of Dr. Matt Reudink.

Teaching | Current

Animal Behaviour - BIOSCI 337 - Teaching Assistant

​Animal Form and Function - BIOSCI 207 - Teaching Assistant 

Skype a Scientist Program 

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Kristal Cain

Dr. Margaret Stanley


  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (UoADS), 2019-2022
  • Science without Borders Scholarship, 2012-2013

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COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
New Zealand

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