Professor Alejandro Kacelnik FRS
Professor of Behavioural Ecology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and E.P. Abraham Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Alex Kacelnik is an international leader of the field of decision making and cognitive processes in animals. His work blends theoretical and experimental approaches from animal behaviour, psychology and economics. He is distinguished for his work on risk perception in animals, where he has developed a new theoretical framework, Scalar Utility Theory, which can account for a wide range of experimental data. In the field of animal cognition Kacelnik has carried out pioneering and highly original work on tool using in New Caledonian Crows. Kacelnik's pre-eminence in his field has been recognised by the award of the Cogito Prize.