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 PhD candidate studying cognition, complex vocalizations and sexual selection of tomtit/miromiro (Petroica macrocephala). I aim to investigate if cognitive abilities are associated with complex song repertoire and reproductive success in this species.

I have a MSc in Animal Ecology from Lund University (Sweden). My Master thesis focused on mirror-mediated spatial location in great tits (Parus major). Since this species didn't pass at the mirror self-recognition test, I investigated whether they understood the concept of mirrors. 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 University of Caxias do Sul (Brazil), and in my Bachelor's thesis I analyzed how human presence impact the behaviour of Southern Lapwings (Vanellus chilensis). During my bachelors I was awarded a scholarship from the Brazilian federal government to study two semesters at Thompson Rivers University (Canada). There, I also participated in a 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.

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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Level G, Room G02
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