Dr Lisa Leaver
Senior Lecturer


My work is focussed on exploring behavioural and cognitive adaptations specific to particular aspects of a species’ ecology. I conduct research on the abilities that have been shaped by the selective pressures faced by animals that cache food for use at a later time, mainly squirrels and kangaroo rats. I am interested in questions about the behavioural ecology and cognitive abilities of caching animals and carry out research on the factors affecting their foraging and food caching decisions, risk taking, social learning, categorisation, problem solving, and memory in the wild and in the laboratory.


B.A. (Hons) Psychology (Anthropology Minor), McMaster University 1995

Ph. D. Psychology, McMaster University 2000. Thesis entitled “Ecological determinants of foraging and caching behaviour in sympatric heteromyid rodents” Supervised by Prof. Martin Daly, Externally Examined by Prof. David Sherry.

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Contact details

Internal tel4641
Tel+44 (0) 1392 724641
AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road
Office hours

Term 1 Office Hours:

Tuesdays 11:30

Wednesdays 2:30

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