From Erasmus exchange to summer internships
Mathilde and Francois came to University of Helsinki on an Erasmus exchange from the Université de Lausanne and Université du Strasbourg. After taking EEB-107 Sensory Ecology course, they made the most of their remaining time in Helsinki by helping out collecting data over 6 weeks. The Hihi project is based in New Zealand, but Francois and Mathilde were able to "travel" there by scoring videos of juvenile hihi behaviour. The videos were collected during a translocation of hihi from the main study site, Tiritiri Matangi Island, to establish a new population at Rotokare Scenic Reserve. Mathilde and Francois have helped us learn that the way the birds are held in aviaries before moving appears to affect their behaviour - vocalisation rates and incidences of "play" behaviour varied depending on whether individuals were held with close affiliates or not. Thank you both!