Animal Behavior Laboratory

Past Graduate Students

Kim VanderWaal

Dr. VanderWaal combines a network approach with microbial genetics to assess pathways of pathogen transmission in wildlife popuations. Her dissertation research focused on the role of each species in multi-host pathogen transmission, and whether any species contributes disproportionately to pathogen dissemination in populaiotns of African herbivores at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.  She also studied the relative importance of social versus spatial structure on the spread of pathogens through giraffe populaitons as part of her dissertation. She is currently a postdoctoral research scientist with the Minnesota Zoo.

Becki Brunelli, Ph.D

Dr. Brunelli's previous research focused on increasing welfare in nursery-reared infant rhesus macaques by providing enrichment (including a responsive surrogate) and positive reinforcement training. She is now Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences Department at California State University, Chico, teaching Biology of Sex, Human Physiology, and Introduction to Living Systems.

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD

Dr. Gottlieb is now a post doc for Kris Coleman at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, where he is researching non-human primate welfare and optimal management strategies for captive rhesus macaques.

Stacie Hooper, Ph.D

Dr. Hooper is now a post doc in the Patricelli Lab at UC Davis working on modifying a software modeling package  called NMSim, which builds a spatially explicit simulation of how noise  spreads over the surrounding terrain, to estimate and map the "acoustic  footprint" of energy exploration noise to determine what role noise has  played in the decline of sage grouse throughout their range. The model output will also be used to  calculate the maximum noise tolerance threshold for sage-grouse, which is critical to developing effective noise exposure regulations.

Sean Hanser, PhD

Dr. Hanser is now the team lead for the Marine Natural Resources Group at Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific. He and his team monitor and evaluate marine resources such as marine mammals, sea turtles, and coral reefs on installations and ranges throughout the Pacific Ocean for the Department of Defense. He specializes in marine bioacoustics and population ecology.