Current Projects

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Orangutan Behavior Project

In collaboration with ZooTampa at Lowry Park and Dr. Bransford, we are examining the effects of enrichment and keeper interactions on orangutan behavior. 

The Parrot Cognition Project

We are working with a local Saint Petersburg couple, Dalton Mason and Tori Lacey, and their African Grey Parrot, Apollo, following the "model-rival" technique established by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. 

Animal Shelter Volunteering and Dog Training 

This study is looking into what effects an on campus dog training class and animal shelter volunteering has on the bond between the dog and owner as well as owner stress and anxiety levels. 

Multi-Access Puzzle Box and Dog Personality 

This study looks into the ability of dogs to solve a puzzle task in relation to their personality types. 

Squirrel Cognition 

This study looks in to the ability of on campus squirrels to solve a puzzle task through foraging cognition. 

Conservation Psychology

We have on-going studies examining the application of psychological theories to zoo conservation messaging. 

PC: Hailey McGovern