I graduated with BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Aberystwyth University in 2011, and from an MSc in Wild Animal Biology at the Zoological Society of London/Royal Veterinary College in 2012.
I am interested in how animals use information to alter behaviour, and how this affects survival in changing environments.
For my PhD, I am using a threatened New Zealand passerine (the hihi, <i>Notiomystis cincta</i>) as a wild study system to experimentally test how young, naïve, animals develop adaptive information trade-offs (deciding when best to use social and personal information), what early life experiences affect this ability, and how this may ultimately affect survival. I am supervised by Dr Rose Thorogood (co-supervised by Dr John Ewen, ZSL).
Franks, V.R. & Marshall, R.C. (2013) Mechanisms and extent of information transfer in socially foraging guppies, Poecilia reticulata. Animal Behaviour 85(1):103-108
Franks, V. (2010) Social dynamics in a pride of captive Asiatic lions (Panthera leo persica) at Cotswold Wildlife Park. RATEL (Journal of the Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers), 26:22-27