Gisela Kaplan

Gisela Kaplan

Gisela Kaplan is emeritus professor of animal behaviour at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale and has done much to promote the knowledge and love of Australian wildlife, especially of birds.Gisela is a prolific writer with over 250 research articles,  in many of which she has presented ground-breaking research into vocal learning, communication, social life and cognition in Australian birds and other vertebrates. 

Her writing credentials also include 23 internationally acclaimed books. Among others, these include titles on orang-utans, dogs,  animal communication and comparative cognition. But her enduring passion is for Australian native birds reflected in award-winning and bestselling titles such as Bird Bonds (2019); Australian Magpie (2019), Tawny Frogmouth (2018), Bird Minds (2015) and Famous Australian Birds(2004) offering a wealth of new insights, compelling observations and original ideas about the remarkable daily lives of Australian birds, based on years of research and observations in the field. 

Gisela has had two careers and holds two PhDs, one in literature/social science (Monash) and a second PhD (Vet. Sc, UQ) on magpie vocal behaviour; and later a third, honorary doctorate was added;  the prestigious Doctor of Science for lifetime contributions to scholarship awarded by UNE. In addition to her extensive research on birds in the wild and their evolution, in her spare time and over the past 26 years, Gisela has also raised scores of young native birds and rehabilitated adults that were injured.