Ximena Nelson

ProfessorXimena Nelson

Animal Behaviour
Julius von Haast 336
Internal Phone: 95198

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My primary research interests lie in animal behaviour and physiology. I am particularly interested in animal communication and animal cognition, as well as the manner in which animal sensory systems interact with behaviour to form the neuroethology of information processing and decision-making.

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Recent Publications

  • Nelson XJ., Taylor AH., Cartmill EA., Lyn H., Robinson LM., Janik V. and Allen C. (2023) Joyful by nature: approaches to investigate the evolution and function of joy in non-human animals. Biological Reviews http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/brv.12965.
  • Aguilar-Arguello S., Taylor AH. and Nelson XJ. (2022) Jumping spiders do not seem fooled by texture gradient illusions. Behavioural Processes 196 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2022.104603.
  • Bastos AP., Nelson XJ. and Taylor AH. (2022) From the lab to the wild: how can captive studies aid the conservation of kea (Nestor notabilis)? Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 45 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2022.101131.
  • Bedoya CL., Nelson XJ., Brockerhoff EG., Pawson S. and Hayes M. (2022) Experimental characterization and automatic identification of stridulatory sounds inside wood. Royal Society Open Science 9(7) http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.220217.
  • McLean LRW., Nichols MM., Taylor AH. and Nelson XJ. (2022) Memory retention of conditioned aversion training in New Zealand's alpine parrot, the kea. Journal of Wildlife Management 86(5) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.22221.