Kiara L’Herpiniere is a behavioural ecologist born and bred in the French Alps (Parc National de la Vanoise, Savoie, France). She was educated in the UK and was left to find her passion roaming the highest points in Eastern Arabia. During a Masters at the University of Exeter, Kiara discovered bird banding and ultimately lost her mind in amazement at the utter beauty and curious behaviour of our feathered friends. Since then, she has moved to the Australian outback to research behaviour in the desert-dwelling Chestnut-crowned babbler, has finished a Masters of research in evolutionary ecology and has begun a PhD in behavioural ecology at Macquarie University. She volunteers with wildlife organisations (Wildlife ARC) rescuing injured birds naming them after different culinary chefs until they are ready to be released.