Research Area: Spatial Cognition Research Area: Numerical Cognition in Monkeys and Apes Research Area: Captive Animal Welfare and Enrichment Research Area: Conceptual Thinking and Categorization Research Area: Conservation of Endangered Species & Threatened Habitats


Upcoming Event:

Dr. Francine Dolins recently co-organized with Christopher Shaffer, Leila Porter and Jena Hickey, a workshop for the 2012 International Primatological Society Congress in Cancun, Mexico.

The workshop, named "The Practical Application of GPS and Spatial Analyses for Field Primatologists", addressed three foundational requirements for effective GPS data collection and analyses, and provided field primatologists with practical experience and information about how to collect and geoprocess GPS-derived data.

Click on the following link to read the full workshop abstract or to find out about other Recent and Upcoming Events.




To learn more about Francine's publications, click on the image link below:

Spatial Cognition, Spatial Perception bookcover
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Francine and Christina, the Brown Lemur © photo by C Steffke

Dr. Francine Dolins—Profile

Francine Dolins has her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Behavioral Primatology from the University of Stirling (Scotland), and a BSc (honors) in Biology/Behavioral Ecology from the University of Sussex (England). Her research interests span animal cognition, ecology, and the evolutionary foundations of behavior. A main focus of her research investigates spatial cognition and decision-making underlying navigational behavior in non-human and human primates.

Francine studies the behavioral ecology and cognitive processes of non-human primates under free-ranging conditions in the field and experimentally in the laboratory. Her most recent field research is on lemurs in Madagascar in addition to studies of New World monkeys in Costa Rica and Peru.

In her experimental research, Francine collaborates with scientists from Georgia State University, University of Oxford, The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and The University of Michigan-Dearborn. In addition, she works in collaboration with an international group of scientists dedicated to conservation through education from the University of Sussex (UK), University of Antanarivo (Madagascar) and Montclair State University. She has organized a number of workshops and conferences promoting conservation. Animal welfare and in particular providing better welfare for captive primates has been a long-running interest.

Francine is presently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Michigan-Dearborn in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. She teaches courses on Animal Behavior, Animal Intelligence and Experimental Psychology and supervises student research.

Contact Details:
Francine Leigh Dolins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts, Sciences & Letters
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48128 USA

tel. 313-593-5377