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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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)
Lisa Yoen Lee
Clare Sunha Park