Maike ForaitaContact Maike

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room G16 Cooperage Building
North Mall Campus
University College Cork

Tel: +353 (0)21 490 4676
Email: maike.foraita@ucc.ie
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Biography

During her Bachelor studies in Biological Science at the University of Münster (2011-2014) Maike developed a strong interest in animal behaviour and cognition. She was able to gain first experience in research on cognition in an internship at the Primate Research Centre of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. She then completed a M.Sc. in “Behaviour: From Neural Mechanisms to Evolution” at Bielefeld University in 2016 in the course of which she was a visiting Research Assistant in the Dog Cognition Centre at the University of Portsmouth, UK, mainly working on a project on dog´s social cognition. Her Master’s thesis was on sperm removal behaviour in a bushcricket species in Greece. Following from this she has undertaken a PhD with Professor John Quinn and the Evolutionary Ecology of Cognition team studying natural and sexual selection of cognition in great tits.

 

Research Interests

Maike’s research will focus on the investigation of potential sexual selection for cognitive traits in great tits.

 

Publications

Foraita, M., Lehfeldt, S., Reinhold, K., & Ramm, S. A. (2017). Strategic Investment in Sperm Removal Behaviour in a Bushcricket. Journal of Insect Behavior.