Lucia Jacobs

Lucia Jacobs

Principal Investigator

 LF Jacobs CV 2023

I trained originally in animal behavior (1978 B.S., Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell), classical ethology (University of Vienna, 1976) and behavioral ecology (1983 M.A., 1987 Ph.D., Biology, Princeton). As a postdoc, I studied animal cognition, evolutionary anthropology and behavioral neuroscience with NATO, NSF and NIMH fellowships at the Universities of Toronto, Pittsburgh and Utah. I joined Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in 1993, retiring in 2023 as Professor in Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. As Professor Emerita, I engage in remote research collaborations from my new location in the Hudson Valley of New York.  

Mike Kaiser

Research Associate and Lab Manager

Frank Sulloway

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley


Eric Abelson

Research Scientist, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin


Alex Reben

Alex Reben

Visiting Scholar

Alexander Reben is an international 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 Alex is represented by the Charlie James Gallery Los Angeles CA. Alex’s website

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Judy Jinn. PhD 2019, Research, Facebook LinkedIn

Mikel Delgado  Ph.D 2017

Aaron Teixeira  Shelter Behavior Manager, San Francisco SPCA.

Amanda Robin Ph.D, Ecology and Evolution, UCLA LinkedIn

Michelle Ramey Ph.D, Neuroscience, UC Davis

Zoe Burr  Department of Arctic Biology, UNIS (University Centre in Svalbard, Norway)

Simon Campo Ph.D, Yale

Allison Payne Ph.D, animal cognition, Cambridge University.

Aslan Brown  Law student, UC Berkeley

Anna Khazenzon Ph.D, psychology, Stanford University

Patrick Slattery  Senior Software Engineer, Uber

Anna Waismeyer  Ph.D; Research Scientist, HARMAN International (Microsoft)

Tania Bettis  Ph.D, Teaching Staff, Marin Academy

Xioqian Jenny Chai  Ph.D, Professor of Neuroscience, McGill University

Stephanie Preston  Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Pierre Lavenex  Postdoc, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Lausanne, CH

Cynthia Barkley  Ph.D, Lecturer, California State University, East Bay