Sophie Berdugo

sophie berdugo


DPhil Student

Keble College

I am a second year DPhil student under the supervision of Dr Emma Cohen and Dr Susana Carvalho. Broadly, I am interested in the factors mediating the efficiency of tool-use in chimpanzees. I will be undertaking a longitudinal observational analysis using a 31-year video archive of the wild chimpanzee community in Bossou, Guinea to investigate role of social learning in the transmission of material culture and the transgenerational effects of maternal investment on technological behaviour. I will follow the development of 13 mother-infant dyads from the infant's critical learning period to adulthood to assess variation in the ontogeny of the nut-cracking behaviour.