Dr. Simeon Quirinus Smeele

IMPRS Alumni

Main Focus

I work with social and vocal complexity in parrots. I try to understand if parrots living in a more complex social context develop more complex vocalisations. For this I study the monk parakeet, which is an invasive species in many European cities. Furthermore, I study how vocal systems coevolve with social systems. Looking at the same question from an ultimate perspective. Besides doing comparative analysis of parrots at the species level, I will again use monk parakeets to see if there is a signal of cultural evolution of vocal systems. I will compare populations in Europe with different invasion histories to see if new or altered vocalisations are innovated and retained in the population.

Curriculum Vitae


Sep 2016 - June 2018: Master of Biology, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Sep 2013 - June 2016: Bachelor of Biology (minor in Mathematics), Syddansk Universitet, Odense


Apr 2019 - Aug 2019: Research Assistant at Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Sep 2015 - June 2017: Studiegruppevejleder at Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Sep 2014 - June 2015: Graduate Teaching Assistant at Syddansk Universitet, Odense

Volunteer and Internship

Oct 2018 - Feb 2019: Research Assistant SDU/Fuglezoo (internship)
Feb 2017 - June 2018: Animal trainer at Marine Biological Research Centre, Kerteminde (volunteer)
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