Lucia Jacobs

Lucia Jacobs

Principal Investigator

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I trained originally in animal behavior (1978 B.S., Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell; 1987 Ph.D., Biology, Princeton), then did postdocs in animal cognition, evolutionary psychology and behavioral neuroscience (Universities of Toronto, Pittsburgh and Utah). I took my first academic job at Berkeley in 1993, where I am now Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. My philosophy on lab structure is to keep it small but well-funded, encouraging all students to be independently funded so that their interests drive their research and so that I have time to think about the bigger picture.

Judy Jinn

Judy Jinn

Graduate Student

Graduate: UC Berkeley began Fall 2013 – Department of Psychology, area of Behavioral Neuroscience
Undergraduate: University of Michigan 2012 – B.S. in Ecology & Evolution Biology and Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Sciences

Judy Jinn is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, interested in spatial orientation and biomechanics. Her dissertation (expected May, 2019) focuses on the behavioral and cognitive mechanisms underlying olfactory navigation in humans and search dogs, orienting in complex real world and virtual environments. 

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Masha Paramonova

Masha Paramonova

Lab Manager

Masha Paramonova is completing a degree in Integrative Biology at Berkeley in December, 2018. Masha has been working in the lab since 2017, on the search dog and Squirrel School projects and will be managing the lab after graduation. 

Amber Engle

Amber Engle

Research Associate

Amber Engle, a Berkeley graduate in environmental sciences, was a critical CalSquirrels team member before graduating and working with California Fish and Game, becoming a certified wildlife rescuer and running the wildlife rescue program at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA. Amber, now an expert in juvenile squirrel rescue, is now returning to us as a consultant on the Squirrel School project.

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Alex Reben

Alex Reben

Visiting Scholar

Alexander Reben is an artist and roboticist who explores humanity through the lens of art and technology. Using “art as experiment” his work allows for the viewer to experience the future within metaphorical contexts. His work probes the inherently human nature of the artificial. Using tools such as artificial philosophy, synthetic psychology, perceptual manipulation and technological magic, he brings to light our inseparable evolutionary entanglement to invention which has unarguably shaped our way of being. This is done to not only help understand who we are, but to consider who we will become in our continued co-development with our artificial creations.He is a 2016-2017 WIRED innovation fellow, a Stochastic Labs Resident and has been a Visiting Scholar in our lab since 2014, where he has designed and built all of our body-mounted data loggers for search dogs and humans. Alex is represented by the Charlie James Gallery Los Angeles CA.

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SENIOR ALUMNI

Mikel Delgado      Graduate Student, now Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine

Aaron Teixeira  Research Assistant, recently completed Masters in Psychology (dog cognition) at Texas Tech University

Amanda Robin     Undergraduate Honors Student, now Graduate Student and NSF Graduate Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, UCLA

Michelle Ramey    Undergraduate Honors Student, now Graduate Student in Neuroscience, UC Davis

Amber Engle  Research assistant and Lab Manager, now working with FIsh & Game and wildlife rescue

Zoe Burr  Research assistant and Lab Manager,  went on to Ph.D. in marine biology, now marine biologist at the Department of Arctic Biology, UNIS (University Centre in Svalbard, Norway)

Simon Campo  Undergraduate Honors Student, now applying for Ph.D. programs in 

Allison Payne Undergraduate Honors Student, now applying for Ph.D. programs

Aslan Brown  Research assistant, now beginning law school at UC Hastings

Anna Khazenzon Undergraduate Honors Student, now Graduate Student in Psychology, Stanford University

Patrick Slattery  Undergraduate Honors Student, now Senior Software Engineer, Uber

Anna Waismeyer  Graduate Student, now Research Scientist, HARMAN International (Microsoft)

Tania Bettis  Graduate Student, now Lecturer, UC Berkeley and Staff Teacher, Marin Academy

Xioqian Jenny Chai  Graduate Student, now Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Stephanie Preston  Graduate Student, now Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Pierre Lavenex  Postdoctoral Fellow, now Professor of Neuroscience, University of Lausanne

Cynthia Barkley  Graduate Student now Lecturer, California State University, East Bay

Recent Alumni Research Assistants (since 2010)

Laura Agee
Vanessa Alschuler
Alyssa Alvarez
Jordan Barlam
Jack Bayless
Eric Bloss
Christine Board
Nicole Breer
Peter Buto
Tiffany Chan
Amy Chang
Sylvia Chen
EstherChung
Mimi Deitderich
Marisa Fong
Rashi Gupta
Courtney Hand
Emani Harris
Megan Hsaio
Amy Hseuh
Michelle Huang
Chloe Hunt
Samuel Kim
Paul Kim
Jiwandeep Kohli
Stephanie Kuo
Vincent La
Lisa Yoen Lee
Eileen Leung
Sophie Liu
Breana Martinez
Karissa Nishamura
Clare Sunha Park
Jihoon Park
Leticia Rios
Nozomi Sakai
Aryan Sharif
Josh Sheltzer
Patrick Slattery
Caray Slaughter
Stephanie Soultanian
Luke Strgar
Sarina Utamsing
Grace Vaziri
Alex Vu
Kristin Witte
Rachel Xiao
Alan Xu