My research focuses on visual spatial attention and spatial integration and auditory processing, primarily using operant techniques. I'm also working on extending our research to including neuroimaging techniques. Currently, I focus on pigeons, but I hope to expand my research to starlings and other avian species. Finally, I want to establish a fish research paradigm to continue my passion that developed as an undergraduate.
Born and raised on a dairy farm, I often found myself questioning how animals perceive the world. As an undergraduate student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), I was able to work in Dr. Caroline DeLong's Comparative Cognition and Perception Lab. Initially, I worked on a previously established shape discrimination task in goldfish (Carassius auratus) before proposing and conducting my own numerosity study with the goldfish. Finally, I conducted a comparative tool use and problem solving study with orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus), raccoons (Procyon lotor), and children. The research in Dr. DeLong's lab drew me toward a career in animal cognition and perception research which I have been working on since I began in Dr. Cook's Avian Cognition Lab in June 2014.