Lucia Jacobs

Lucia Jacobs

Principal Investigator

LF Jacobs CV 2020

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. Our research team is currently very small, consisting of collaborators, both local and remote, and research assistants. I put this strategic move into place upon returning from my 2018-19 Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard. With the advent of COVID19 restrictions, this focus on testing comparative hypotheses on cognitive and brain evolution using the published literature has now become a primary focus and will remain so through 2021. We are also getting ready for Squirrel School in 2021 – building and testing our ‘school rooms’ so that we’ll be ready when the ‘students’ start arriving next spring and summer.

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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Ian Strieter

Lab Assistant III

Mike Kaiser

Lab Assistant III

Odessa Goldberg

Research Volunteer

Frank Sulloway

Collaborator; Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley

Eric Abelson

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

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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Judy Jinn. Graduate Student, now Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Facebook, Menlo Park, CA LinkedIn profile

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

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
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