news

2024

April

March

  • Congrats to Dr. Connor Lambert for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis!

February

  • Congrats to Sofia Garrido Villegas and Chandler Carr who were each awarded a University of Alberta Graduate Recruitment Scholarship

January

  • Congrats to Dr. Ben Whittaker on another first-authored paper: The roles of social information, asocial information, and initial bias in nest-building decisions. Whittaker, Benjamin A.; Balasubramanian, Gopika; Camacho-Alpízar, Andrés; Lambert, Connor T.; Guillette, Lauren M. https://doi.org/10.1037/com0000374
  • Congratulations to Sofia Garrido Villegas (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia) who accepted an offer to start an MSc with the ACRG in September 2024
  • Congratulations to Chandler Carr (Ohio Wesleyan University, USA) who accepted an offer to start an MSc with the ACRG in September 2024
  • Lauren gave a talk at the Winter Animal Behavior Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (USA)

2023

December

  • Lauren gave a talk at the ASAB Winter Meeting 2023 in Edinburgh, UK
  • Lauren gave a seminar talk for the Centre for Biological Diversity in the school of Biology at the University of St Andrews (UK)

November

  • Congrats to Ben and Lauren for publishing a paper in The Conversation
  • Congrats to Dr. Ben Whittaker for their first (of many!) first-author publications from the ACRG! Zebra finches have style: Nest morphology is repeatable and associated with experience, iScience, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2023.108194 we are very proud that this paper has two WISEST highschool students and one undergraduate honours student as co-authors

September

  • Congratulations to Andrés for defending his PhD!
  • We welcome Julia Self as an MSc student
  • Congratulations to Julia Self for winning an NSERC CGS-M
  • Congratulations to Julia Self for winning a Canadian Psychological Association Certificates of Academic Excellence for her honours thesis

July

  • Congratulations to Connor for being selected to deliver a talk in the Allee Symposium at ABS 2023 in Portland, USA
  • We extend a warm welcome to Maryam Abdelhamed a WISEST Summer Research Program student from Queen Elizabeth High School, Alberta who will be working with us for 6 weeks
  • Ben and Connor presented at ABS 2023 in Portland, USA. Lauren went for moral support!

May

  • We welcome two MITACS Globalink Research Interns for 12 weeks: Nakul Wewhare from IISER Pune, India and Priya Binwal from IISER Kolkata, India

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2022

October

September

  • Welcome to three new undergraduate team members: Nicole Gerle, Harleen Kooner and Stefan Stanescu! Read about these folks on our People page

August

  • Ben and Andrés were awarded project from MITACS Globalink to hire two international undergraduate research assistants in summer 2023, congrats! See the job advert here on our opportunities page (applications due 22 September 2022).

July

June

May

  • Connor Lambert was awarded an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship Congratulations, Connor!
  • Julia Self (URI – Undergraduate Summer Stipend) and Cailyn Poole (Research Assistant) are working in the laboratory this summer, and we are so glad to have them stay around!

April

  • Lauren traveled to Indiana University to give a talk to the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior folks
  • Connor, Andrés and Gopika all give talks at (virtual) CO3, the 29th International Conference on Comparative Cognition
  • Connor won the inaugural “Best Publication by a Graduate Student in Comparative Cognition” from the Comparative Cognition Society for his paper: Lambert, CT, Guillette, LM (2021) The impact of environmental and social factors on learning: A meta-analysis. Biological Reviews, doi: 10.1002/BRV.12783

March

  • Lauren gave the Departmental Seminar in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta
  • Congratulations to ACRG BSc Psychology Honours Thesis student Julia Self who was awarded a Green & Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant to attend the 2nd World Diversity in Leadership Conference from June 20-24, 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Lauren gave a seminar to the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Colloquium at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada
  • Lauren gave a seminar to the Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour group at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada
  • New paper by first-author and ACRG PhD Connor Lambert wit co-authors from our Department of Psychology colleagues Prateek Sahu and Dr. Chris Sturdy “Among-individual differences in auditory and physical cognitive abilities in zebra finches” published in Learning & Behavior

February

  • New paper with Tas Vamos, Sue Healy and Simmone Meddle: “Involvement of the neural social behaviour network during social information acquisition in zebra finches” bit.ly/3Bnves5
  • Awarded Animal Behavior Society Outreach Grant 2022
  • Congrats for former ACRG teammate Harsimran Khinda who will start in the New York University College of Dentistry (USA) PhD program this summer!

January

  • New team member: Dr. Ben Whittaker joins the team as a postdoctoral researcher. Follow Ben on twitter @ba_whittaker
  • New(ish) team member: Jessica Hewitt joins the team as an independent studies student. Jessica has volunteered with the ACRG for over a year.
  • Congrats to Gopika Balasubramanian for successfully defending her MSc thesis!

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