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.

Elephant Cognition

In collaboration with ZooTampa at Lowry Park we are examining the cognitive abilities of elephants on a cooperation task.

A Day in the Life

We are examining how empathy towards animals is affected by knowledge and perception.

Public Perceptions of Zoos and Aquariums

We are examining what common perceptions people have of zoos and aquariums and looking into what factors contribute to these perceptions.

Dogs in Dorms

We are investigating the health outcomes of pet ownership among college students, both for the students and the animals involved. This study is specifically focusing on separation anxiety.

Dog Training Class

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

Creative Canine

We are examining creativity among dogs and how this creativity aids problem solving.

Conservation Psychology

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

PC: Hailey McGovern