My name is Maria and I’m currently doing a M.Sc. in Behaviour, Evolution, Conservation at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. I am interested in the behaviour of animals (a.k.a. ethology), particularly their cognition.

What do animals do and why? How to investigate their behaviour and mental abilities? What is the evolutionary history of a particular behavioural trait? Is there a psychological continuity between species? Why even be smart?…

I also like to talk about my own experiences, as well as schooling related to ethology. You can find more information on my main page.

Anyway, thanks for visiting – and welcome!

Twitter: @loonyria
Tumblr: herlightcomponents
Google+: +Ria Pi
Email: loonyria[at]gmail[dot]com

They told me I couldn’t, but I proved them wrong: I can fly!!

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Finn Holding

    Hi Maria, thanks for visiting The Naturephile and clicking the ‘Follow’ button. I very pleased you enjoyed it enough to want to follow. I just delved into your archive and the first post I saw had videos of octopus so I’ll definitely be back see more of your posts! I’m fascinated by behavioural biology too and I try to comment on that in my blog too. So hopefully there’ll be more posts that will interest you. Best wishes. Finn

    1. Ria Pi Post author

      I am so happy to read, well, frankly, all of this! Your blog reminds me a lot of my own forest walks and birdwatching trips (and we have a bird feeder, too). Besides, I will be spending the summer in Cambridge, so it is definitely interesting to me. I am looking forward to reading your next posts and to writing more of mine (octopuses will definitely be on the menu). Maria

      1. Finn Holding

        I hope the sun shines for you during your sojourn in Cambridge, it’s a lovely place to be in the summer. I’m looking forward to your octopuses!

  2. Jo Ann

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Maria. I am also interested in why animals do what they do. There is much to learn and my goal is to pass along whatever I can glean from watching them to my readers.

  3. sophia

    Hi Ria! Thanks for following SciCO. We’re more university-centered than anything else but I try to make sure there are cool posts that come up a lot 🙂

  4. Rebecca H

    Hi Ria! Thank you for following zw. Your blog is great, so professional looking unlike my ramshackle patchwork of a creation! I see you’re also new to blogging (?) like me, so from one newbie to another-keep going! I’ll be back here often 🙂

    1. Ria Pi Post author

      Wow thanks! You are correct, I just started in January; I plan to continue for a long, long time. I really like the drawings you make, they’re really fun. Looking forward to your future posts!

  5. JWiegand

    Thanks for checking out my blog! Your passion for animal behavior and focus on your education and career is great to see! Keep up the great work – I’ll be stopping by your blog often.

    1. Ria Pi Post author

      Ooo thanks!! It took me a little while to get there, though. Please continue blogging so that I can vicariously experience the outdoors 😉

  6. Rachel

    Hi 🙂 Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Its always good to find a new and different blog – yours is very interesting! I look forward to reading through your other posts.


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