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Department of Zoology


Amazed by the underwater world since my very childhood, studying and working with aquatic animals has always been my dream. Driven by this, I first obtained a B.Sc. in Biology, followed by an M.Sc. in Marine Biology. While my passion and main research focus lies with cephalopods, I have also been involved in research projects studying fish, crustaceans and even hawkmoths in the past. In recent years, I have specialised in the behavioural and visual ecology of invertebrates.

Since October 2020 I am a PhD student in the Marine Behavioural Ecology Group, investigating how cuttlefish and other cephalopods exploit and adapt to visually challenging environments.


Key publications: 

Drerup, C., Cooke, G.M. (2021). Shoaling behaviour in the European cuttlefish Sepia officinalis. Accepted in Ethology. Doi: 10.1111/eth.13226

Drerup, C., Jackson, A., Rickard, C., Skea, M., Cooke, G.M. (2021). Field observations on the behavioural ecology of the stout bobtail squid Rossia macrosoma (Cephalopoda: Sepiolidae). Marine Biodiversity 51, 57. Doi: 10.1007/s12526-021-01202-y

Drerup, C. (2021). First detailed description of the burying behaviour of a bottletail squid, Sepiadarium kochii Steenstrup 1881. Molluscan Research 41, 87-91. Doi: 10.1080/13235818.2021.1927464

Drerup, C., How, M.J. (2021). Polarization contrasts and their effect on the gaze stabilisation of crustaceans. Journal of Experimental Biology 224, jeb229898. Doi: 10.1242/jeb.229898

Drerup, C., Sykes, A.V., Cooke, G.M. (2020). Behavioural aspects of the spotty bobtail squid Euprymna parva (Sepiolidae: Cephalopoda). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 530-531, 151442. Doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2020.151442

Other publications: 

Drerup, C.*, & Cooke, G.M. (2019). Cephalopod ID Guide for the North Sea. Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2589266

Drerup, C.*, & Cooke, G.M. (2019). Cephalopod ID Guide for the North-East Atlantic. Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2589228

Drerup, C.*, & Cooke, G.M. (2019). Cephalopod ID Guide for the Mediterranean Sea. Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.2589226