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 cognitionsong complexity, ornamentation and sleep of New Zealand fantails/pīwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) and Australian magpies (Cracticus tibicen). 

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). 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 impacts 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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COMMERCE A - Bldg 114
Level G, Room G02
New Zealand

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