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Career Summary

Biography

1996-1998: MSc University of Geneva, Switzerland

1998-2002: PhD Macquarie University, Australia

2002-2004: Swiss National Science Post-doctoral Fellow, McGill University, Canada

2004-2005: Leave of absence

2005-2010: Australian Research Council Fellow: University of Newcastle, Australia

2009-ongoing: Lecturer University of Newcastle (School of Psychology)

Qualifications

  • PhD, Macquarie University, 27/09/2002

Research

Research keywords

  • Animal innovation
  • Comparative cognition
  • Learning

Research expertise

My research interests fall broadly into the areas of learning and cognition. I am particularly interested in understanding how animals solve ecologically relevant problems they encounter in the wild. In my comparative cognition lab, we use the Indian mynah, a highly invasive and urbanized social songbird, to explore the mechanisms of social learning. Mynahs are also remarkably innovative in the foraging context, so they provide the opportunity to explore relationships between foraging innovation, ecological success and urbanization using both captive and field experimental approaches. We are also comparing the performance of mynahs to a variety of other native and non native Australian bird species. Our findings provide important information into the cognitive and ecological attributes of a highly invasive avian species. As such, they allow us to test theoretical models of animal cognition, but also to inform the development of wildlife management strategies for avian pests. Finally, my work in comparative cognition extends to humans, since together social psychologist, Dr Stefania Paolini (School of Psychology, University of Newcastle), I am exploring the role of individual and social learning in the development of intergroup anxiety. For more details, go to http://andreasgriffin.weebly.com/

Languages

  • French
  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
170299Cognitive Science Not Elsewhere Classified85
060399Evolutionary Biology Not Elsewhere Classified15

Appointments

ARC - Aust Postdoc Fellowship (level A)
ARC (Australia)
01/01/2006

Awards

Distinction.

2001Student award contest
Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (Australia)
2001The Bolliger Award
Australian Mammal Society (Australia)
The Bolliger Award is a highly regarded Australian award targeting students.
2001Warder Clyde Allee contest (honourable mention)
Animal Behavior Society (United States)
The Warder Clyde Allee contest is a highly regarded international competition.
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Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Griffin AS, 'Dead reckoning (Path integration), landmarks, and representation of space in a comparative perspective.', , John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America 197-228 (1999) [B1]

Journal article (26 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Griffin AS, Diquelou M, Perea M, 'Innovative problem solving in birds: a key role of motor diversity', ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 92 221-227 (2014)
2014Griffin AS, Guez D, 'Innovation and problem solving: A review of common mechanisms.', Behav Processes, (2014)
2013Griffin AS, Lermite F, Perea M, Guez D, 'To innovate or not: contrasting effects of social groupings on safe and risky foraging in Indian mynahs', ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 86 1291-1300 (2013) [C1]
2013Griffin AS, Guez D, Lermite FCC, Patience M, 'Tracking Changing Environments: Innovators Are Fast, but Not Flexible Learners', PloS one, 8 (2013) [C1]
2012Sol D, Griffin AS, Bartomeus I, 'Consumer and motor innovation in the common myna: The role of motivation and emotional responses', Animal Behaviour, 83 179-188 (2012) [C1]
2012Sol D, Bartomeus I, Griffin AS, 'The paradox of invasion in birds: Competitive superiority or ecological opportunism?', Oecologia, 169 553-564 (2012) [C1]
2011Griffin AS, Haythorpe KM, 'Learning from watching alarmed demonstrators: Does the cause of alarm matter?', Animal Behaviour, 81 1163-1169 (2011) [C1]
2011Sol D, Griffin AS, Bartomeus I, Boyce HM, 'Exploring or avoiding novel food resources?: The novelty conflict in an invasive bird', PLoS ONE, 6 1-7 (2011) [C1]
2010Griffin AS, Boyce HM, Macfarlane GR, 'Social learning about places: Observers may need to detect both social alarm and its cause to learn', Animal Behaviour, 79 459-465 (2010) [C1]
2009Griffin AS, Boyce HM, 'Indian mynahs, Acridotheres tristis, learn about dangerous places by observing the fate of others', Animal Behaviour, 78 79-84 (2009) [C1]
2009Griffin AS, 'Temporal limitations on social learning of novel predators by Indian Mynahs, Acridotheres tristis', Ethology, 115 287-295 (2009) [C1]
2008Griffin AS, 'Social learning in Indian mynahs, Acridotheres tristis: The role of distress calls', Animal Behaviour, 75 79-89 (2008) [C1]
2008Griffin AS, 'Socially acquired predator avoidance: Is it just classical conditioning?', Brain Research Bulletin, 76 264-271 (2008) [C1]
2005Griffin AS, Galef Jr BG, 'Social learning about predators: Does timing matter?', Animal Behaviour, 69 669-678 (2005) [C1]
2005Griffin AS, Savani RS, Hausmanis K, Lefebvre L, 'Mixed-species aggregations in birds: zenaida doves, Zenaida aurita, respond to the alarm calls of carib grackles, Quiscalus lugubris', ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 70 507-515 (2005) [C1]
2004Griffin AS, 'Social learning about predators: A review and prospectus', Learning and Behavior, 32 131-140 (2004) [C1]
2003Griffin AS, Evans CS, 'The role of differential reinforcement in predator avoidance learning', BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES, 61 87-94 (2003) [C1]
2003Griffin AS, 'Training tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) to respond to predators: A review linking experimental Psychology to Conservation', International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 16 111-129 (2003) [C1]
2003Griffin AS, Evans CS, 'Social learning of antipredator behaviour in a marsupial', ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 66 485-492 (2003) [C1]
2002Blumstein DT, Mari M, Daniel JC, Ardron JG, Griffin AS, Evans CS, 'Olfactory predator recognition: Wallabies may have to learn to be wary', Animal Conservation, 5 87-93 (2002) [C1]
2002Griffin AS, Evans CS, Blumstein DT, 'Selective learning in a marsupial', Ethology, 108 1103-1114 (2002) [C1]
2001Griffin AS, Evans CS, Blumstein DT, 'Learning specificity in acquired predator recognition', Animal Behaviour, 62 577-589 (2001) [C1]
2000Griffin AS, Blumstein DT, Evans CS, 'Training captive-bred or translocated animals to avoid predators', Conservation Biology, 14 1317-1326 (2000) [C1]
2000Blumstein DT, Daniel JC, Griffin AS, Evans CS, 'Insular tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) respond to visual but not acoustic cues from predators', Behavioral Ecology, 11 528-535 (2000) [C1]
1998Etienne AS, Maurer R, Berlie J, Derivaz V, Georgakopoulos J, Griffin AS, Rowe T, 'Cooperation between dead reckoning (path integration) and external position cues', Journal of Navigation, 51 23-34 (1998) [C1]
1998Griffin AS, Etienne AS, 'Updating the path integrator through a visual fix', Psychobiology, 26 240-248 (1998) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Griffin AS, 'Learning and conservation', Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (2010) [D1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants18
Total funding$544,884

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2014 (4 grants)

OvoControl contraception as a myna management tool $73,751
Funding Body: NSW Environmental Trust

Project Team
Professor John Rodger, Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Environmental Research (Major Grant)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$73,75120142015
GNo:G1300311

The role of behavioural interactions in shaping invasion dynamics: A global synthesis using the common myna as a model system$33,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Associate Professor Salit Kark, Doctor Andrea Griffin, Professor Timothy Blackburn, Dr Berndt Van Rensburg, Associate Professor Julie Lockwood
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$33,00020142016
GNo:G1400515

Behaviour and social dynamics of crop raiding in Asian elephants: does social learning influence behaviour around beehive fence protected farms?$22,225
Funding Body: Mr Des Carty

Project Team
Associate Professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, Doctor Andrea Griffin, Dr Lucy King
SchemeRole
Memorial ScholarshipInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$22,22520142017
GNo:G1400301

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1401191

2013 (3 grants)

The movement ecology of Indian Mynas (Sturnus tristis) in Lake Macquarie Council: assessing Myna movement patterns and their implications for control measures$9,851
Funding Body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin, Ms Marie Diquelou
SchemeRole
Lake Macquarie Environmental Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,85120132013
GNo:G1200119

Cognition and brains of ecological invaders$2,147
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,14720132013
GNo:G1401034

Faculty PVC Conference Assistance Grant 2013$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
PVC Conference Assistance GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020132013
GNo:G1401159

2012 (4 grants)

Population control and adaptation to trapping in Indian mynas, Acridotheres tristis: mechanisms and recommendations$39,889
Funding Body: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP) Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$39,88920122013
GNo:G1200141

Understanding the behavioural and neuroendocrine mechanisms of invasiveness in an avian system: do Indian mynahs display a dopaminergic-dependent invasion syndrome?$12,211
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin, Doctor Chris Dayas, Doctor David Guez
SchemeRole
Strategic Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,21120122012
GNo:G1401098

DRD4 dopamine receptor genetics and microsatellite assays in the Indian myna: key analyses for future grants.$8,250
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,25020122012
GNo:G1401021

Parent-offspring transmission of trap avoidance by Indian mynas in the wild$1,492
Funding Body: Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated (ESA)

Project Team
Miss Marie Diquelou, Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Student Research AwardChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,49220122014
GNo:G1200871

2011 (1 grants)

Behavioural flexibility and adaptation to trapping procedures in the Indian Mynah, Acridotheres tristis: mechanism and solutions$43,218
Funding Body: Wyong Shire Council

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$43,21820112014
GNo:G1100691

2010 (3 grants)

Indian Mynah (Acridotheres tristis) population expansion in the Hunter region: Underlying mechanisms and management solutions$33,750
Funding Body: Port Stephens Council

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$33,75020102012
GNo:G0900248

Learning, cognition and evology of the Indian mynah (Acridotheres tristis)$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020102010
GNo:G1000698

Growing Anxious of Ethnic Others: Investigating the role of Observational Learning and Prior Intergroup Contact in the Development of Intergroup Email.$4,000
Funding Body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin, Doctor Stefania Paolini
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00020102010
GNo:G0900231

2007 (1 grants)

International Brain Research Organisation satellite symposium: Brian mechanisms, cognition and behaviour in birds, 19/7/2007 - 23/7/2007, Heron Island QLD$1,100
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,10020072007
GNo:G0187381

2006 (1 grants)

Video playback: a novel approach to studying the cultural transmission of predator avoidance$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020062006
GNo:G0186695

2005 (1 grants)

Social learning about predators: is it just Pavlovian conditioning?$241,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Andrea Griffin
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$241,00020052007
GNo:G0184378
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions8
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.8

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Environmental Sc)Co-SupervisorBehaviour and Social Dynamics of Crop Raiding in African and Asian Elephants: Does Social Learning Influence Behaviour Around Beehive Fence Protected Farms?
20142018PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorGeographical Repartition of Personality in Indian Mynahs: A Key to Understanding Invasion Spread
20112015PhD (Psychology - Science)Principal SupervisorSocial Behaviour & Cognition of Birds
20112015PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorAversive Learning and Experienced Prototypicality Shifts: How Stereotypes Develop and Change
20102014PhD (Psychology - Science)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation into the Acquisition, Generalisation, Facilitation and Immunisation of Intergroup Anxiety
20072007Honours Biol Sc Not Elsewhere Classifd
University of Newcastle
Principal SupervisorSocial learning of trap avoidance in Indian mynahs (Acridotheres tristis)
20072007Honours Psychology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorDeveloping a technique for studying social learning in Indian mynahs: a comparison between responses to model and video stimuli
20072007Honours Psychology
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorDeveloping a technique for studying social learning in Indian mynahs: a comparison between responses to model and video stimuli
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Dr Andrea Griffin

Work Phone(02) 4348 4393
Fax(02) 4921 6980
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPsychology
Office
SO.153 (Ourimbah),
Science Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/andrea-griffin
Linkhttp://andreasgriffin.weebly.com/