Dr. Ada Grabowska-Zhang

Dr. Ada Grabowska-Zhang

Ada Grabowska


Name: Dr. Ada Grabowska-Zhang
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Email: ada.grabowska@zoo.ox.ac.uk


I graduated from Oxford University in 2008 with a 1st class degree in Biological Sciences. During my undergraduate years I became interested in Ornithology, bird conservation, and later, Evolutionary Ecology of birds. As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed a research project on the conservation of the kereru – New Zealand pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae). In 2012 I completed my DPhil in behavioural ecology at the department of Zoology, Oxford. During this time I researched the fitness consequences of social behaviour in the great tit (Parus major).


I have broad research interests ranging from evolutionary ecology to conservation and society, all revolving around birds. I have been involved in the planning and preparation of the Ethno-ornithology World Archive (EWA) project,  which is the foundation for my post-doctoral work. In my research I aim to link bird conservation to culturally-relevant knowledge of birds in traditional communities. I aim to investigate links between traditional practices and conservation efforts, to help conservationists and local communities implement conservation in a culturally-relevant way. I hope to contribute to building connections between conservation practitioners and local stakeholders.


Grabowska-Zhang A.M., Wilkin T.A., Sheldon B.C. 2012. Effects of neighbor familiarity on reproductive success in the great tit (Parus major). Behav Ecol 23(2), 322-333.

Grabowska-Zhang A.M., Sheldon B.C., Hinde C.A. 2012. Long-term familiarity promotes joining in neighbour nest defence. Biol Lett 8, 544-546.