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.

Orangutan Play Project

In collaboration with ZooTampa at Lowry Park, we are observing play behavior between father and offspring that does not occur in the wild due to the solitary nature of orangutans.

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.

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.

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.

Conservation Psychology

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

PC: Hailey McGovern