Gisela Kaplan is Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of New England and Honorary Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute. She is author of more than 250 research articles and 23 books (incl. wild dogs, apes and, the last five, on avian behaviour) having conducted ground-breaking research into vocal learning, communication and cognition in birds and other vertebrates. She holds two PhDs and an honorary DSc for her contributions to life sciences.
Her second PhD was undertaken in the School of Veterinary Science (University of Queensland) in bird development, linking brain and behaviour, for which she won the Dean’s commendation for outstanding research excellence and innovativeness. In her spare time, Prof. Kaplan also raises and rehabilitates native birds, and has done so for the past two decades, and she trains people/organisations in such pursuits.