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Natalia Borrego

Natalia Borrego earned her B.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida and her M.S. in environmental science from Florida Gulf Coast University. Natalia is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Miami and interested in the evolution of sociality and cognition. Her Ph.D. work focuses on the evolutionary links between social, ecological, and cognitive complexity. She is using Panthera as a comparative framework for examining cognition in social (lions and spotted hyenas) and asocial (leopards and tigers) species. Her research tests and compares cognition associated with solving social and ecological challenges, i.e. coordination, cooperation, innovation, impulsivity, problem solving, and learning. Additionally, she is investigating decision-making and coordination during cooperative hunts in South African carnivores. Besides her dissertation work, she is investigating the population dynamics of male lions using the Serengeti Lion Project’s long-term records.  

 

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