Gisela Kaplan

Gisela Kaplan


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Gisela has had two careers. The first was in social sciences, where she was foundation chair in social science at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Then, after discovering animal behaviour, she changed careers, completed a second PhD and is now emeritus professor in animal behaviour at the University of New England in Armidale.

Her writing has been prolific in both fields and she is the author of over 250 research articles and 23 books. Her first books were on social movements, inequality and prejudice, including The Meagre Harvest (1996) about the Australian women’s movement. Her books on animals include titles on orang-utans, dogs, and animal communication.

But her enduring passion is for Australian native birds. In addition to her extensive research on birds in the wild, including their vocal learning, communication and cognition, for the past two decades she has also raised and rehabilitated injured native birds. Her five bird books to date include 2015’s Bird Minds, Cognition and Behaviour of Australian Native Birds which won the prestigious Royal Zoological Society of NSW’s Whitley Award, and 2018’s Tawny Frogmouth.

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