Dr Laure Cauchard

Dr Laure Cauchard
Dr Laure Cauchard

Dr Laure Cauchard

Research Fellow


School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue

AB24 2TZ Aberdeen


2020 - 2023    Marie-Curie Individual (Postdoctoral) Fellowship, University of Aberdeen (UK).  With Prof. P. Bize to investigate 'the importance of oxidative stress and dietary antioxidants in linking cognitive traits and fitness in free living animals'.

2018 - 2020    NSERC postdoctoral Fellowship & FRQNT travel allowance, University of Aberdeen (UK). With Prof. P. Bize to investigate 'the importance of oxidative stress and dietary antioxidants in linking cognitive traits and fitness in free living animals'.

2009 - 2015:   Ph.D. University of Montreal (Canada). With Prof. B. Angers and Dr. N. J. Boogert, to examine 'inter-individual variation in cognitive performances and their evolutionary consequences in passerine birds'.

2005 - 2007:   M.Sc in Ethology, University of Paris 13 (France)

2001 - 2005:   B.Sc in Organism Biology, University of Cergy-Pontoise & University of Paris 11 (France)

External Memberships

Regularly reviewing manuscripts for:

Animal Cognition, Behavioural Ecology, Ethology, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, PCI Ecology, Plos One, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology


Member of societies:

Focussing on Birds: Society of Canadian Ornithologists, American Ornithologists’ Union, British Ornithologists' Union

Focussing on Ecology: Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science, British Ecological Society

Focussing on Behaviour: International Society of Behavioral Ecology, Animal Behavior Society, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour  

Prizes and Awards

2019       ABS Caregiver Award to attend an international congress

2015       BOU career development grant         

2014       AOU/COS/SCO joint meeting 2014 Travel Grant & Best Presentation Award

              Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) Excellence Student Award      

               International Society of Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) Travel Grant 

               American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) Research Grant             

2013       Animal Behavior Society (ABS) Student Research Award

              British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) Ornithological Research Grant       

              British Ecological Society (BES) Research Grant                     

              American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Frank M. Chapman Award   

              Society of Canadian Ornithologists (SCO) Fred Cook Award                   

2012      Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) Excellence Student Award    

              British Ecological Society (BES) Travel Grant                                 

              International Society of Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) Travel Grant            

              University of Montréal Student Awards                                           

2011       University of Montréal Student Awards   


Research Overview

I am interested in inter-individual variations in behavioural traits such as cognition and personnality, and their ecological and evolutionary consequences in wild animals. To do so, I am using various research fields such as behavioural, cognitive and evolutionary ecology, experimental psychology, animal physiology and ageing. I am mainly working for now on wild passerine birds such as the Great Tit and the Collared Flycatcher.


Research Areas

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Evolution
  • Animal Physiology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


Dr. Blandine Doligez (University of Lyon 1) - dispersal, decision making and life history.

Dr. Pierre Bize (University of Aberdeen) - ageing and the physiology of oxidative stress.

Dr. Maxime Cauchoix (University of Toulouse), Dr. Alexis Chaine (University of Toulouse), Dr. Jean-Nicolas Audet (Rockefeller University) & Dr. Simon Ducatez - cognition.

Dr. Stephanie Doucet (University of Windsor) - avian colouration and sexual selection.


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  • Inter-individual variation in provisioning rate, prey size and number, and links to total prey biomass delivered to nestlings in the Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

    Cauchard, L., Macqueen, E. I., Lilley, R., Bize, P., Doligez, B.
    Avian Research, vol. 12, 15
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Role of Cognition in Social Information Use for Breeding Site Selection: Experimental Evidence in a Wild Passerine Population

    Morinay, J., Cauchard, L., Bize, P., Doligez, B.
    Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 8, 559690
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Host dispersal shapes the population structure of a tick-borne bacterial pathogen

    Norte, A. C., Margos, G., Becker, N. S., Ramos, J. A., Nuncio, M. S., Fingerle, V., Araujo, P. M., Adamik, P., Alivizatos, H., Barba, E., Barrientos, R., Cauchard, L., Csorgo, T., Diakou, A., Dingemanse, N. J., Doligez, B., Dubiec, A., Eeva, T., Flaisz, B., Grim, T., Hau, M., Heylen, D., Hornok, S., Kazantzidis, S., Kovats, D., Krause, F., Literak, I., Mand, R., Mentesana, L., Morinay, J., Mutanen, M., Neto, J. M., Novakova, M., Sanz, J. J., da Silva, L. P., Sprong, H., Tirri, I., Torok, J., Trilar, T., Tyller, Z., Visser, M. E., de Carvalho, I. L.
    Molecular Ecology, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 485-501
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The repeatability of cognitive performance: a meta-analysis

    Cauchoix, M., Chow, P. K. Y., van Horik, J. O., Atance, C. M., Barbeau, E. J., Barragon-Jason, G., Bize, P., Boussard, A., Beuchel, S. D., Cabirol, A., Cauchard, L., Claidière, N., Dalesman, S., Devaud, J. M., Didic, M., Doligez, B., Fagot, J., Fichtel, C., Henke-von der Malsburg, J., Hermer, E., Huber, L., Huebner, F., Kappeler, P. M., Klein, S., Langbein, J., Langley, E. J. G., Lea, S. E. G., Lihoreau, M., Lovlie, H., Matzel, L. D., Nakagawa, S., Nawroth, C., Oesterwind, S., Sauce, B., Smith, E., Sorato, E., Tebbich, S., Wallis, L. J., Whiteside, M. A., Wilkinson, A., Chaine, A. S., Morand-Ferron, J.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 373, no. 1756, 20170281
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Divergence in problem-solving skills is associated with differential expression of glutamate receptors in wild finches

    Audet, J., Kayello, L., Ducatez, S., Perillo, S., Cauchard, L., Howard, J. T., O'Connell, L. A., Jarvis, E. D., Lefebvre, L.
    Science Advances, vol. 4, no. 3, 6369
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An Experimental Test of a Causal Link between Problem-Solving Performance and Reproductive Success in Wild Great Tits

    Cauchard, L., Angers, B., Boogert, N. J., Lenarth, M., Bize, P., Doligez, B.
    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 5, 107
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The relationship between plumage colouration, problem-solving and learning performance in great tits Parus major

    Cauchard, L., Doucet, S. M., Boogert, N. J., Angers, B., Doligez, B.
    Journal of Avian Biology, vol. 48, no. 9, pp. 1246-1253
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effect of an anti-malaria drug on behavioural performance on a problem-solving task: An experiment in wild great tits

    Cauchard, L., Angers, B., Boogert, N. J., Doligez, B.
    Behavioural Processes, vol. 133, pp. 24-30
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Selective disappearance of individuals with high levels of glycated haemoglobin in a free-living bird

    Récapet, C., Sibeaux, A., Cauchard, L., Doligez, B., Bize, P.
    Biology Letters, vol. 12, no. 8, 20160243
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Interactive vocal communication at the nest by parent Great Tits Parus major

    Boucaud, I. C. A., Valere, P. A., Smith, M. L. N. A., Doligez, B., Cauchard, L., Rybak, F., Vignal, C.
    Ibis, vol. 158, no. 3, pp. 630-644
    Contributions to Journals: Articles