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Octopus Cognition
I am involved in an ongoing field research project on Octopus tetricus, based in Australia. Our discovery of social behaviour in this species has inspired various exaggerated media reports, including claims that octopuses "engineer cities."  Although these animals are extremely interesting and probably fairly intelligent, most reports are grossly exaggerated.

Publications

Scheel, D. Godfrey-Smith, P. Linquist, S. Chancellor, S. Hing, M. Lawrence, M. (2017), "Octopus engineering, intentional and inadvertent." Communicative and Integrative Biology, doi.org/10.1080/19420889.2017.1395994

Scheel, D. Chancellor, S. Hing, M.Lawrence, M. Linquist, S. Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017) "A second site occupied by Octopus tetricus at high densities, with notes on their ecology and behavior." Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology.

Recent Presentations
Me and Peter Godfrey-Smith on Discovery Channel talking about octopus behaviour

Current Work

With the help of several undergrad assistants, I am currently coding and analyzing octopus video from the past several visits to Octopolis.

With the assistance of Stefan Schneider, one of my current PhD students, we are developing a deep learning algorithm that can re-identify individual octopuses in our video.