Fran at the Lemur Conserve (LCF) © photo by Christy Steffke
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The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD) hosted its first Animal Behavior Speaker Series, in 2013 co-sponsored by the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Natural Sciences, within The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL), as well as the Provost's Office, through its Integrated Learning Program.
This series invited scientists and researchers from universities nation-wide to speak on a variety of topics regarding Animal Behavior and Cognition. The series was free and open to members of university as well as the public. UMD students had the oportunity to take the Animal Behavior Speaker Series as an Independent Study.
For further details and flyers regarding each of the seven talks, please visit the University of Michigan-Dearborn's news article about the Speaker Series, at: www.umd.umich.edu/animal_behavior.
Additional contact: Dr. Francine Dolins, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan-Dearborn
2013 Animal Behavior Speaker Series
Friday, February 8, 2013
Dr. Peter Wrege, Cornell University
"Hidden Beasts - Listening to the voices of Africa's forest elephants"
Friday, February 15, 2013
Dr. Robert Mitchell, Eastern Kentucky University
"Adventures with dog-human play behavior"
Friday, February 22, 2013
Dr. Paul Garber, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
"Foraging Strategies and Spatial Memory in New World Primates: Advantages of not always taking the path most traveled"
Friday, March 8, 2013
Dr. Louis Lefebvre, McGill University
"Feeding innovations in birds and their implications for ecology, evolution and neuroscience"
Friday, March 22, 2013
Dr. Kay Holekamp, Michigan State University
"Evolution & mediation of sex-role reversed traits in hyenas"
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Dr. Bill Hopkins, Georgia State University
"Left, Right, Hand and Brain: Evolution of Hemispheric Specialization in Primates"
Friday, April 12, 2013
Drs. Jacinta Beehner and Thore Bergman, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
"Minimizing reproductive loss: Female counterstrategies to infanticide in a wild primate"
In August 2012, Francine Dolins co-organized with Christopher Shaffer, Leila Porter & Jena Hickey, a workshop for the 24th IPS 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.
Participants gained hands-on field experience with 'good practice' in GPS data collection and learned how to use ArcGIS and Google Earth as instruments to transform, quantify and display spatial data. Relevant topics in the use of spatial data in primatology included: (1) GPS accuracy as affected by tree canopy density and receiver orientation; (2) considerations of spatial reference systems and projections of spatial data; and (3) variable applications of common spatial statistics useful in quantifying spatial data. The workshop aimed to increase spatial literacy while providing primatologists with the knowledge necessary to enhance their use of spatial data in field research.
To read the full workshop abstract, click here: 2012 IPS GPS Workshop Abstract and Registration.pdf
Francine also co-organized with Dr. Paul A. Garber a symposium in Cancun, titled, "Primate Navigation and Decision-Making in Large-Scale and Small-Scale Space," which 'examined the ability of monkeys and apes to internally represent spatial information across a range of spatial scales and to compare species differences and flexibility in the types of information used and integrated in forming internal spatial representations across a range of foraging and social behaviors.'
To read the full symposium abstract, click here: 2012 IPS Spatial Cognition Symposium Abstract.pdf
Drs. Paul Garber and Francine Dolins organized a symposium for the ICSC Spatial and Embodied Cognition Conference, held in Rome for 2012. Their symposium, Spatial Strategies in Primates: Decision making in large-scale and small-scale space, examined the ability of monkeys and apes to internally represent spatial information across a range of spatial scales and compare species differences in the types of information used and integrated in forming a cognitive spatial map.
Click here to read the full Symposium Abstract and find out about other Symposium Contributors and Abstract titles...