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WHAT I'M WORKING ON

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PHD DISSERTATION

My phD focuses on the avian brain region, Cluster N. This region is implicated to be useful for magneto-reception (used during navigation) for nocturnally migrating songbirds.

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TEACHING

I taught my first course, Evolution & Psychology in summer 2022 and have expanded my teaching portfolio to include Intro to Animal Cognition and Human Memory starting in Winter 2024. So far, teaching is one of my favourite parts of my academic career. Check out one of my early lecture videos from Evolution & Psychology. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT IN CAPTIVE SONGBIRDS

I am working on a literature review and project with Brendon Samuels, Avalon Phillips and Dr. Georgia Mason about improving environmental enrichment for captive songbirds. Preliminary work for this project was presented as a virtual presentation at ISSABC 2021.

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ISSABC 2021 CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

Over the course of 8 months I organized the 2nd International Student Symposium on Animal Behaviour and Cognition in May 2021. I attended the first symposium in Kyoto, Japan, in 2019. I had such a good time that I wanted to bring the symposium to Western. The pandemic meant the symposium would need to be virtual. Organizing a conference with my peers was an exciting and fulfilling experience. 

Check out https://twitter.com/ISS_ABC for updates on ISSABC 2023! 

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PUBLISHING MASTER'S WORK

I'm working on publishing my master's work on sex differences in brown-headed cowbirds on touch screen tasks.

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