Marco received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Purdue University in 2008 and then joined the Department of Zoology of the University of Oxford as a Marie Curie fellow. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Basic Psychology at the University of Aveiro. His main stream of research deals with decision-making and rationality in non-human animals, integrating concepts and techniques from operant psychology and comparative cognition research with normative theoretical models from optimal foraging theory and microeconomics. Other research interests involve timing and counting in non-humans. His research at UCLA focuses on experimentally induced irrational behaviors, using such maladaptive decisions to study the nature of adaptive decision mechanisms.

Universidade de Aveiro – University of California-Los Angeles

Grant duration: 7 months