If you would like to write your master thesis or do an internship on the evolution of speech/music or in bioacoustics, do get in touch! I am always happy to supervise students which are 1) hard-working, 2) a bit smart and thinking critically, and 3) very enthusiastic and passionate about science. Possible master/internship projects include: psychological experiments in humans, practical work with seals and other mammals, and mathematical/computational modelling.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of acting as external co-supervisor for the bachelor/master theses of a number of talented students.
Nienke Hoeksema Thesis topic: neurogenetics and DTI in harbour seals and grey seals: MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Groningen, NL.
Koen de Reus (lead: Prof. John Hutchinson). Thesis topic: Identification of drivers of vocal flexibility in wild harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) pups: MSc Wild Animal Health and Wild Animal Biology, Royal Zoological Society of London, UK.
Letty Stupers (lead: Prof. Thomas Hartman). Thesis topic: Multimedia book on harbour seal pups: MSc Biological Imaging, University of Nottingham, UK.
Thomas Grossi (lead: Prof. Simon Kirby). Thesis topic: Iterative self-learning of musical rhythm: MSc Evolution of Language and Cognition, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Alina Gaugg (lead: Prof. Tecumseh Fitch). Thesis topic: Vocal behaviour in pinnipeds. MSc Behavioural, Neuro and Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria.