Lucia Jacobs

Lucia Jacobs

Principal Investigator

LF Jacobs CV 2020

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, where I am now a Professor in Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.

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. Ph.D Student, PhD 2019:  Currently a quantitative user experience researcher at Facebook. She runs large-scale, global surveys using her skills with survey writing, debiasing data, and causal inference. Her research has covered many topics such as understanding the interaction between Facebook use and well-being. Currently, her focus is on understanding the value Facebook fundraisers bring to donors and fundraiser creators in order to help non-profit organizations raise money for their causes. Facebook, Menlo Park, CA LinkedIn profile

Mikel Delgado     Ph.D Student, Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine.

Aaron Teixeira  Research Assistant, recently completed Masters in Psychology (dog cognition) at Texas Tech University, now Shelter Behavior Manager, San Francisco SPCA.

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,  

Allison Payne Undergraduate Honors Student, Ph.D in animal cognition, Cambridge University.

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

Anna Khazenzon Undergraduate Honors Student, Ph.D in Psychology, Stanford University

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

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

Tania Bettis  Ph.D  Student, now Lecturer, UC Berkeley and Staff Teacher, Marin Academy

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

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

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

Cynthia Barkley  Ph.D 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