Christian Rutz

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Dr Christian Rutz is an Evolutionary Ecologist, with a particular interest in animal tool use and material culture. His current work focuses on the New Caledonian crow, a tropical corvid renowned for its sophisticated tool-related behaviour.

Christian enjoys developing innovative, cutting-edge research methodologies, and was the first to deploy miniature video-cameras (2007, Science) and proximity loggers (2012, Current Biology) on wild birds. Following research as a Rhodes Scholar (DPhil), Junior Research Fellow (Postdoc) and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow (Principal Investigator) at the University of Oxford, Christian transferred to the University of St Andrews in 2012, to take up a Readership.

Areas of Interest
Organismal and Environmental Biology
University of St Andrews
Key words
evolutionary ecology, animal tool use, material culture, innovative methodology

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Sharon is a Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, and works in association with Health Protection Scotland to develop surveillance on blood-borne viruses. She manages a broad translational research programme, which is both methodological and applied and spans activities including infectious disease modelling, record-linkage studies and evaluation of public health interventions.