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13 January 2022

We welcome Sarah Smeltz to the lab as an MSc student this September! (Sarah on the right pictured with former lab member, Victoria, at graduation)

17 November 2022

Congratulations to Prateek Sahu, Kina Montenegro, Connor Lambert, Alex Oprea, Moriah Deimeke, Victoria Rennie, Sarah Smeltz, Thomas Benowicz, Divya Patel, and Leslie Phillmore on a great new paper.

Sahu, P.K., Montenegro, C., Lambert, C.T., Oprea, A., Deimeke, M.J., Rennie, V., Smeltz, S.M.L, Benowicz, T.J., Patel, D., Phillmore, L.S., & Sturdy, C.B. (published 17 November 2022). Effect of feed-time duration on discrimination of vocalizations in a go/no-go operant paradigm, Behavioural Processes, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2022.104777

25 August 2022

Welcome our newest lab member, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. John Anthony Jones!

22 June 2022

Congratulations to Prateek Sahu for passing his MSc this afternoon!

14 June 2022

Congratulations to our newest graduates, Victoria Rennie and Sarah Smeltz!

2 June 2022

Dr. Jenna Congdon gets a tenure-track job at Concordia University of Edmonton! See her full Instagram announcement in the photos above!

6 May 2022

Congratulations to Jenna Congdon, Allison Hahn, Kim Campbell, Erin Scully, Shannon Mischler, Kina Montenegro, and Will Service on on a great new paper!

Congdon, J.V., Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., Scully, E.N., Mischler, S.K., Montenegro, C., Service, W.D., & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 6 May 2022). Discrimination of high- and low-threat vocalizations: An examination of referential communication in black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) mobbing calls.  Manuscript to appear in Animal Behavior and Cognition.

21 April 2022

Congratulations to Prateek Sahu, Kim Campbell, Alex Oprea and Leslie Phillmore on on a great new paper!

Sahu, P.K., Campbell, K.A., Oprea, A., Phillmore, L.S. & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 4 May 2022). Comparing methodologies for classification of zebra finch distance calls. Manuscript to appear in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

3 May 2022

New Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in the SNL! Details here!

21 April 2022

Congratulations to Bernard Wagner and Marisa Hoeschele on a great new paper!

Wagner, B., Sturdy, C., Weisman, R.G., Hoeschele, M. (accepted 21 April 2022). Pitch chroma information is processed in addition to pitch height information with more than two pitch range categories. Manuscript to appear in Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.

6 April 2022

SNL Alumna Marisa Hoeschele has been awarded the Comparative Cognition Society’s Early Career Award for 2022!

31 March 2022

Congratulations and welcome to Michelle Gao, who will be joining the lab this spring and summer as an NSERC USRA!

7-8 March 2022

Our honors students, Inaara Ebrahim, Sarah Smeltz, and Victoria Rennie presented their research at the Department of Psychology’s Royce Harder Research Conference!

19 February 2022

Congratulations to the ACRG and SNL for a great new collaborative publication!

Lambert, C.T., Sahu, P.K., Sturdy, C.B., & Guillette, L.M. (in press 19 February 2022). Among-individual differences in auditory and physical cognitive abilities in zebra finches. Manuscript to appear in Learning & Behavior.

2021

10 September 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Kina Monetenegro and Prateek Sahu in the SNL for an excellent new publication!

Montenegro, C., Sahu, P., & Sturdy, C.B. (Accepted 10 September 2020). Individual acoustic differences in female black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) fee-bee songs. Manuscript to appear in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

10 August 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Kina Monetenegro and the other members of the SNL for an excellent new publication!

​Montenegro, C., Service, W.D., Scully, E.N., Mischler, S.K., Benowicz, T., Fox, K.V., Sahu, P., & Sturdy, C.B. (2021). The impact of anthropogenic noise on individual identification via female song in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Scientific Reports.

​20 July 2021
SNL alumnus, Dr. Marc Avey, has been named the Director of Standards by the The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)! Congratulations, Marc!

8 July 2021
Congratulations to Kina Montenegro who defended her PhD today in fine form! Nicely done, Dr. Montenegro!

30 June 2021
Kina Montenegro defends her PhD 8 July 2021!

16 April 2021
I am very happy to welcome Katharine Stenstrom as an MSc student starting in the Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory this September! 

19 March 2021
Our very own Dr. Jenna Congdon is heading off to start her NSERC and Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellowships with one of my favourite colleagues and friend, Dr. Suzanne MacDonald at York University and the Toronto Zoo! I am excited to see the results of their exciting research!

1 March 2021
I am very happy to welcome Holly Starenchak as a PhD student starting in the Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory this September! Here is a video of Holly presenting some of her work on parrot welfare and cognition.

15 January 2021
The SNL welcomes Andres Camillo Martinez Rodriguez who is visiting from the National University of Colombia on an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Scholarship!

2020

16 December 2020
Chris Sturdy’s Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Animal Cognition, Communication, and Neuroethology was announced today!

Many thanks to the University of AlbertaFaculty of ScienceFaculty of ArtsDepartment of PsychologyCanada Research Chairs program, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of CanadaWomen in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST), and the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) for the outstanding research support!

26 October 2020
New publication from Dr. Lauren Guillette and Chris Sturdy http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cep0000233… to lead off our Special Issue: Comparative Cognition and Cognitive Ecology https://psycnet.apa.org/PsycARTICLES/journal/cep/74/3…
​Guillette, L.M., and Sturdy, C.B. (2020). Unifying psychological and biological approaches to understanding animal cognition. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cep0000233

Guillette, L.M., and Sturdy, C.B. (2020). Unifying psychological and biological approaches to understanding animal cognition. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cep0000233

​16 September 2020
Congratulations to Jenna Congdon, the SNL, and collaborators on a great new publication!

Congdon, J.V., Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., Scully, E.N., Yip, D.A., Bayne, E.M. & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 16 September 2020). Can you hear me now? The effect of signal degradation on perceived predator threat in black-capped chickadees. Manuscript to appear in Animal Cognition.

6 August 2020

Graduate Student Opportunities, Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, Fall 2021
I have an opening in my laboratory for one or possibly two excellent graduate students beginning in September 2021 for students  interested in pursuing graduate studies in comparative cognition and behaviour, including the neurobiological and developmental correlates of perception and cognition. The official application deadline is 15 January 2021 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2021, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our department and our graduate program, and to my own and our laboratory web pages for information about current research in my laboratory.

I work hard to ensure that my graduate students have all the necessary resources at their disposal to complete their research and enhance their graduate training experience. My laboratory has recently undergone a complete update to my operant conditioning setup, and continues to maintain excellent facilities for investigating all aspects of brain, behaviour, and cognition in songbirds and humans. Moreover, my graduate students routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I publish their research in top journals, with many of my graduate students finishing with several publications from their time in my laboratory and move onto successful careers after finishing their time in my laboratory. See “SNL Alumni” section of “Lab Members Page”.​

Underrepresented groups, including women, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

11 June 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Erin Scully and the rest of the SNL on a new publication!

​Scully, E.N., Montenegro, C., & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 11 June 2020). Differential immediate early gene activity revealed by playback of male and female incomplete chick-a-dee calls. To appear in Behavioral Brain Research.

18 May 2020
A new blog post on the American Ornithological Society website from Kina Montengro!

17 April 2020
The SNL welcomes Moriah Deimeke, (B.A., New College of Florida) as an incoming Qualifying Graduate student starting September 2020! Welcome, Moriah!

17 April 2020
Congratulations to Kina Montenegro who was awarded a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Student Teaching Award!

15 April 2020
Congratulations to Kim Campbell and the rest of the SNL on an having an excellent new paper accepted for publication today!

Campbell, K.A., Hahn, A.H., Congdon, J.V., Scully, E.N., & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 15 April 2020). Perception of sex differences in black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapilluschick-a-dee calls. To appear in Animal Behavior and Cognition.

7 April 2020
Congratulations to Kina Montenegro and the rest of the SNL on an having an excellent new paper accepted for publication today!

​Montenegro, C., Service, W.D., Scully, E.N., Mischler, S.K., Campbell, K.A., & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 7 April 2020). Black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) can identify individual females by their fee-bee songs. Manuscript to appear in The Auk.

6 April 2020
Congratulations to Sarah Smeltz, who was awarded a URI stipend to work with Kina Montenegro and the Songbird Neuroethology Lab to examine individual recognition in female chickadees!

18 March 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Erin Scully who successfully defended her Ph.D. this afternoon!

15 February 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Jenna Congdon, SNL members, and collaborators on an excellent new publication!

Congdon, J.V., Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., Scully, E.N., Yip, D.A., Bayne, E.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (accepted 15 February 2020). Acoustic discrimination of predators by black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Manuscript to appear in Animal Cognition.

13 February 2020

New SNL Code of Conduct goes live!

2019

6 December 2019
Congratulations on a great new publication from Erin Scully, Kim Campbell, Jenna Congdon, and the SNL!

Scully, E.N., Campbell, K.A., Congdon, J.V., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 6 December 2019). Discrimination of black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapilluschick-a-dee calls produced across seasons. Manuscript to appear in Animal Behaviour and Cognition.

28 November 2019
Congratulations on a great new publication from Erin Scully, Juliana Montoya Sanchez, and the SNL!

Scully, E.N., Montoya Sanchez, J., & Sturdy, C.B. (Available online 28 November 2019). Abcam Monoclonal Egr-1 ab133695 is an effective primary antibody replacement for Santa Cruz sc-189 polyclonal Egr-1 in songbirds. Heliyon, e02938. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02938

20 November 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Kimberley Campbell and Dr. Jenna Congdon, along with all the other students, who convocated today!

12 November 2019

Graduate Student Opportunities, Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, Fall 2020
I have an opening in my laboratory for one or possibly two excellent graduate students beginning in September 2020 for students  interested in pursuing graduate studies in comparative cognition and behaviour, including the neurobiological and developmental correlates of perception and cognition. The official application deadline is 15 January 2020 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2020, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our department and our graduate program, and to my own and our laboratory web pages for information about current research in my laboratory.

I work hard to ensure that my graduate students have all the necessary resources at their disposal to complete their research and enhance their graduate training experience. My laboratory has recently undergone a complete update to my operant conditioning setup, and continues to maintain excellent facilities for investigating all aspects of brain, behaviour, and cognition in songbirds and humans. Moreover, my graduate students routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I publish their research in top journals, with many of my graduate students finishing with several publications from their time in my laboratory and move onto successful careers after finishing their time in my laboratory. See “SNL Alumni” section of “Lab Members Page”.​

Underrepresented groups, including women, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

​23 September 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Campbell and Stephanie Thunberg on a new publication and presentation in Canadian Acoustics and at the annual meeting! 

Campbell, K.A., Thunberg, S., & Sturdy, C.B. (2019). Features of male and female-produced song in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) change between seasons. Canadian Acoustics – Acoustique canadienne, 47(3), 36-27.

18 September 2019

Congratulations to Katelyn Fox who won best undergraduate poster at the University of Alberta Senate “Show and Tell: A Student Research Celebration” ! Katelyn was supervised by Dr. Shannon Mischler.

19 August 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberley Campbell who successfully defended her Ph.D. today!

16 August 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Jenna Congdon who successfully defended her Ph.D. today!

16 May 2019

Congratulations to Jenna Congdon and the rest of the SNL and collaborators for an excellent new publication!

Congdon, J. V., Hahn, A. H.*, Filippi, P.*, Campbell, K. A.*, Hoang, J., Scully, E. N., Bowling, D. L., Reber, S. A., & Sturdy, C. B. (accepted 16 May 2019). Hear them roar: A comparison of black-capped chickadee (Poecileatricapillus) and human (Homo sapiens) perception of arousal in vocalizations across all classes of terrestrial vertebrates. Manuscript to appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.

14 April 2019

Stoked to welcome Prateek Sahu to the Songbird Neuroethology Lab and @Psych_UAlberta at @UAlberta@ualbertaScience@UofA_Arts as a new MSc student September 2019!

28 March 2019

Congrats to Katelyn Fox and Thomas Benowicz who won @UAlberta Undergraduate Research Initiative Stipends to work in the Songbird Neuroethology Lab @Psych_UAlberta! Thomas also won an @NSERC_CRSNG USRA! Thank you @NSERC_CRSNG and @UAlberta for training our future scientists!

4 March 2019

Congratulations to Chris Sturdy and Jenna Congdon for a new publication!

Sturdy, C.B. & Congdon, J.V. (accepted 4 March 2019). Sometimes a stick is just a stick. Manuscript to appear in Learning & Behavior.

2018

October 22 2018

Congratulations to Kim Campbell and the rest of the SNL members and collaborators on a brand new publication in the SI in honour of the contributions of Dr. Marcia Spetch!

Campbell, K. A., Proppe, D. S., Congdon, J. V., Scully, E. N., Mischler, S. K., & Sturdy, C. B. (Accepted 22 October 2018). The effects of anthropogenic noise on feeding behaviour in black-capped chickdaees (Poecile atricapillus). Manuscript to appear in Behavioural Processes.

October 19 2018

Graduate Student Opportunities, Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Alberta, Fall 2019
I have an opening in my laboratory for one or possibly two excellent graduate students beginning in September 2019 for students  interested in pursuing graduate studies in comparative cognition and behaviour, including the neurobiological and developmental correlates of perception and cognition. The official application deadline is 15 January 2019 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2019, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our department and our graduate program, and to my own and our laboratory web pages for information about current research in my laboratory.

I work hard to ensure that my graduate students have all the necessary resources at their disposal to complete their research and enhance their graduate training experience. My laboratory has recently undergone a complete update to my operant conditioning setup, and continues to maintain excellent facilities for investigating all aspects of brain, behaviour, and cognition in songbirds and humans. Moreover, my graduate students routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I publish their research in top journals, with many of my graduate students finishing with several publications from their time in my laboratory and move onto successful careers after finishing their time in my laboratory. See “SNL Alumni” section of “Lab Members Page”.

7 June 2018

Congratulations to the SNL and collaborators on a great new publication!

Scully, E.Nwww.psych.ualberta.ca/info/scshowperson.php?id=413., Schuldhaus, B.C., Congdon, J.V.Hahn, A.H.Campbell, K.A.Wilson, D.R., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 7 June 2018). ZENK expression in the auditory pathway of black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) as a function of D note number and duty cycle of chick-a-dee calls. Manuscript to appear in Behavioural Brain Research.

​18 April 2018

Congratulations to Will Service who was just awarded an NSERC CGS-M!

5-6 April 2018

Juliana Montoya-Sanchez won Best Undergraduate Poster at the Royce-Harder Research Conference (photos above)! Congratulations!

3 April – 8 April 2018

Kim Campbell, Jenna Congdon, Erin Scully, and Chris Sturdy traveled to Melbourne Beach Florida and presented research from the SNL at the 25 International Conference on Comparative Cognition!

2017

16 October 2017

Congratulations to the SNL and collaborators on an excellent new publication!

Sturdy, C.B., & Nicoladis, E.N. (Accepted 16 October 2017). How much of language acquisition does operant conditioning explain? To appear in Frontiers in Psychology.

7 October 2017

Congratulations to the SNL and collaborators on an excellent new publication!

​Apol, C.A., Sturdy, C.B., &, Proppe, D.S. (Published online 14 October 2017). Lack of seasonal variation in habitat may have facilitated the loss of a song in the boreal chickadee. Evolutionary Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10682-017-9921-4

30 August 2017

Welcome our new lab members!

6 August 2017

Congratulations to Shannon Mischler and the other SNL members on a great new publication!

Mischler, S.K., Congdon, J.V., Scully, E.N., Campbell, K.A., & Sturdy, C.B. (2017). Passerine vocal communication. To appear In J. Vonk & T. Shakelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_892-1

8 June 2017

Congratulations to the SNL and collaborators on an excellent new publication!

Filippi, P., Congdon, J.V., Hoang, J., Bowling, D., Reber, S., Pasukonis, A., Hoeschele, M., Ocklenburg, S., de Boer, B., Sturdy, C.B., Newen, A. & Güntürkün, O. (Accepted pending minor revisions 8 June 2017). Humans recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations across all classes of terrestrial vertebrates: Evidence for acoustic universals. To appear in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Series B.

10 May 2017

Congratulations to Erin Scully on her first authored paper and to the rest of the SNL on an excellent new publication!

Scully, E.N., Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., McMillan, N., Condon, J.V., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press; Accepted 10 May 2017). ZENK expression following conspecific and heterospecific playback in the zebra finch auditory forebrain. To appear in Behavioral Brain Research.

29 April 2017

A new publication from the SNL!

Sturdy, C.B., Spetch, M.L., & Ratcliffe, L.M. (In press, accepted 29 April 2017). Biography: Ronald G. Weisman. In J. Vonk & T. Shakelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer.

10 April 2017

The Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory welcomes two new graduate students this fall: Carolina (Kina) Montenegro (Ph.D. program) and William (Will) Service (M.Sc. program)! Kina joins us from Central Washington University and Will joins us from the University of Windsor. Welcome, Kina and Will!

5 April 2017

Congratulations to Alyshia Skurdal on winning an NSERC USRA!

4 April 2017

Congratulations to Juliana Sanchez on winning a URI Undergraduate Researcher Stipend!

​30 March 2017

Congratulations to Neil McMillan and SNL members and collaborators on a new publication!

McMillan, N., Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K., Congdon, J., Spetch, M. L., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press; Accepted 30 March 2017). Chickadees perform poorly on midsession reversal tasks without rigid temporal regularity. To appear in Animal Cognition. 

Congratulations to Allison Hahn and SNL members on a new publication!

Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., Congdon, J.V., Hoang, J., McMillan, N., Scully, E.N., Yong, J.J.H., Elie, J.E., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press; Accepted 30 March 2017). Discrimination of acoustically similar conspecific and heterospecific vocalizations by black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). To appear in Animal Cognition. 

Congratulations to SNL members and collaborators on a new publication!

Mercado, E. III, Wisniewski, M.G., McIntosh, B., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press; Accepted 30 March 2017). Chickadee songs provide hidden clues to singers’ locations. To appear in Animal Behavior and Cognition.

March 26 2017

Congratulations to Neil McMillan and SNL collaborators on a new publication!

McMillan, N., Spetch, M.L., Sturdy, C.B., & Roberts, W.A. (In press; Accepted 26 March 2017). It’s all a matter of time: Interval timing and competition for stimulus control. Manuscript to appear in Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews.

March 24 2017

Congratulations to Alyshia Skurdal who won “Best Student Poster” at the Joseph R. Royce Research Conference!

1 March 2017

The SNL welcomes our new postdoctoral fellow, Shannon Mischler!

19 January 2017

Congratulations to Allison Hahn and the rest of the SNL team and collaborators on an excellent new publication!

Hahn, A.H.Guillette, L.M.Hoeschele, M.Otter, K.A.Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 19 January 2017). Discrimination of male black-capped chickadee songs: Relationship between acoustic preference and performance accuracy. To appear in Animal Behaviour.

2016

14 December 2016

Congratulations to Kim Campbell for passing her candidacy exam!

12 December 2016

Congratulations to Jenna Congdon for passing her candidacy exam!

Also, congratulations to the SNL for a great new publication!
Hahn, A.H., Congdon, J.V., Campbell, K.A., Scully, E.N., McMillan, N., & Christopher B. Sturdy. (In press). Mechanisms of communication and cognition in chickadees: Explaining nature in the lab and field. Manuscript submitted to Advances in the Study of Behaviour (Marc Naguib, John C. Mitani, Leigh W. Simmons, Louise Barrett, Sue Healy and Marlene Zuk, Eds).

15 November 2016

Congratulations to Erin Scully who walked across the stage to collect her Master of Science today!

​12 October 2016

Congratulations to  the SNL on a new publication!

Sturdy, C.B., Campbell, K.A., Congdon, J.V., Hahn, A.H., McMillan, N., & Scully, E.N. (in press). Moving from perceptual to functional categories in songbirds. To appear in International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

17 September 2016

Congratulations to Jenna Congdon on her first first authored publication and the rest of the SNL on a great publication!
Congdon, J.V., Hahn, A.H., McMillan, N., Avey, M.T., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press). Chickadee behavioural response to varying threat levels of predator and conspecific calls. To appear in International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

9 September 2016
Congratulations to Erin Scully who successfully defended her Master’s thesis today!

26 August 2016
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette and our SNL collaborators on a new great publication!

Guillette, L.M., Baron, D.M., Sturdy, C.B., & Spetch, M.L. (In press). Individual differences in generalization gradients and exploratory behaviour in pigeons. Manuscript to appear in Behavioural Processes.

12 August 2016

Congratulations to Kim Campbell on her first first-authored publication!
Campbell, K.A.Hahn, A.H.Congdon, J.V., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press). Sex differences in black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) chick-a-dee calls. Manuscript to appear in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

1 July 2016

Chris Sturdy begins his term as Chair of the Department of Psychology!

1 June 2016

Congratulations to Jenna Congdon who received the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology (CCDP) Certificate of Teaching Excellence 2016! Well done !

30 March 2016

Congratulations to the SNL for an excellent review chapter!

McMillan, N., Avey, M.T., Bloomfield, L.L.Guillette, L.M.Hahn, A.H.Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B., (In press 30 March 2016). Avian Vocal Perception: Bioacoustics and Perceptual Mechanisms. In Carel ten Cate and Susan D. Healy (eds). Avian cognition. Cambridge University Press.

23 March 2016
Congratulations to Jenna Congdon who was awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from NSERC!

22 March 2016

Congratulations to Alyshia Skurdal who was awarded an Undergraduate Researcher Stipend from the Undergraduate Research Initiative to work in the lab this summer!

14 March 2016

Congratulations to Kim Campbell and Jenna Congdon who received the FGSR 2016 Graduate Student Teaching Award a! Well done and very well deserved!

19 March 2016

Congratulations to Brenna Schuldhaus who was awarded an NSERCUSRA to work in the lab this summer!

4 February 2016

Congratulations to Neil McMillan and the rest of the SNL collaborators on a recently-accepted paper!

McMillan, N., Sturdy, C. B., Pisklak, J. M., & Spetch, M. L. (in press 4 February 2016). Pigeons perform poorly on midsession reversal tasks without rigid temporal regularity. To appear in Animal Cognition.

6 January 2016

The SNL was in the news in a number of forms:


2015

24 November 2015

Congratulations to Allison HahnDarren Proppe, and Chris Sturdy for publishing two new papers, one lay language paper and an invited targeted review!

Sturdy, C.B. & Proppe, D.S. (in press). Hearing is believing: Birds learn fear. To appear in Learning & Behavior.
Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B (2015). Seemingly simple songs: Black-capped chickadee song revisited. Lay language paper for the Acoustical Society of America Annual Meeting.

20 November 2015

Graduate Student Opportunities, Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory, University of Alberta
I have an opening in my laboratory for two excellent graduate students beginning in September 2016 for students  interested in pursuing graduate studies in comparative cognition and behaviour, including the neurobiological and developmental correlates of perception and cognition.
The official application deadline is 15 January 2016 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2015, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our graduate program, and to my own web pages for information about current research in my laboratory.
I work hard to ensure that my graduate students have all the necessary resources at their disposal to complete their research and enhance their graduate training experience. My laboratory has recently undergone a complete update to my operant conditioning setup, and continues to maintain excellent facilities for investigating all aspects of brain, behaviour, and cognition in songbirds and humans. Moreover, my graduate students routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I publish their research in top journals, with many of my graduate students finishing with several publications from their time in my laboratory and move onto successful careers after finishing their time in my laboratory. See “SNL Alumni” section of “Lab Members Page”.

18 November 2015

Congratulations to Kim Campbell, Jenna Congdon, John Hoang, and Allison Hahn who convocated today (MSc, MSc, MSc, PhD)!

5 November 2015

News coverage from Eureka AlertPhys OrgScience Daily for ASA Fall 2015 talk about chickadee fee-bee song (lay paper here)

22 October 2015

Congratulations to Allison Hahn who along with SNL members and collaborators have a new publication!
Hahn, A.H.Hoeschele, M.Guillette, L.M.Hoang, J.McMillan, N.Congdon, J.Campbell, K.Mennill, D.J.Otter, K.A., Grava, T., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 22 October 2015). Black-capped chickadees categorize songs based on features that vary geographically. To appear in Animal Behaviour.

14 October 2015

Congratulations to Neil McMillan and Chris Sturdy for a new informative and entertaining commentary publication!
McMillan, N., & Sturdy, C.B. (2015). Commentary: “A crisis in comparative psychology: Where have all the undergraduates gone?” Frontiers in Psychology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01589

23 September 2015

Congratulations to Kim Campbell who defended her MSc today in fine form! Well done!

11 September 2015
Congratulations to Allison Hahn who very capably defended her PhD, making it look easy in the process! Well done!

7 September 2015

Graduate Student Opportunities, Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory, University of Alberta
I have an opening in my laboratory for two excellent graduate students beginning in September 2016 for students  interested in pursuing graduate studies in comparative cognition and behaviour, including the neurobiological and developmental correlates of perception and cognition.

The official application deadline is 15 January 2016 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2015, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our graduate program, and to my own web pages for information about current research in my laboratory.

I work hard to ensure that my graduate students have all the necessary resources at their disposal to complete their research and enhance their graduate training experience. My laboratory has recently undergone a complete update to my operant conditioning setup, and continues to maintain excellent facilities for investigating all aspects of brain, behaviour, and cognition in songbirds and humans. Moreover, my graduate students routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I publish their research in top journals, with many of my graduate students finishing with several publications from their time in my laboratory and move onto successful careers after finishing their time in my laboratory. See “SNL Alumni” section of “Lab Members Page”.

22 September 2015

Congratulations to Kim Campbell and John Hoang who were each awarded an Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education Graduate Scholarship!

1 September 2015

Congratulations to John Hoang who successfully defended his master’s thesis!

26 August 2015

Congratulations to Jenna Congdon who successfully defended her master’s thesis!

2 July 2015

Chris Sturdy was interviewed by Dave Brodbeck for his new podcast series, Spit and Twitches: The Animal Cognition Podcast.

11 May 2015

John Hoang was awarded a Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award at a luncheon last Monday ! Good work, John

17 April 2015

Allison Hahn repeated for the Best Student Paper Award (1st place) at 22nd Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition

9 March 2015
Congratulations to Allison Hahn and the rest of the SNL who have a new publication!
Hahn, A.H.Guillette, L.M., Lee, D., McMillan, N.A.Hoang, J., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 11 March 2015). Experience affects immediate early gene expression in response to conspecific call notes in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). To appear in Behavioural Brain Research.

27 February 2015

Congratulations to Allison Hahn and the rest of the SNL who have a new publication!

Hahn, A.H.Hoang, J.McMillan, N.A.Campbell, K.Congdon, J., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 27 February 2015). Biological salience influences performance and acoustic mechanisms for the discrimination of male and female songs. To appear in Animal Behaviour.

8 February 2015

Congratulations to Neil McMillanAllison Hahn, and Marcia Spetch, who along with Chris Sturdy, have a new publication!

McMillan, N.A.Hahn, A.H.Spetch M.L., & Sturdy, C.B. Avian cognition. (In press 8 February 2015). To appear in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science
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27 January 2015

The SNL welcomes new Master’s student, Erin Scully to our lab group.

20 January 2015

Congratulations to Neil McMillan and Marcia Spetch, who along with Chris Sturdy, have a new publication!

McMillan, N.A.Spetch M.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 20 January 2015). When is a choice not a choice? Pigeons fail to inhibit incorrect responses on a go/no-go midsession reversal task. To appear in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition.

2014

3 November 2014

Graduate Student Opportunities, Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory, University of Alberta

I will have an opening in my laboratory for one, and possibly two, excellent graduate students beginning in September 2015 for students  interested in pursuing graduate studies in comparative cognition and behaviour, including the neurobiological and developmental correlates of perception and cognition.
The official application deadline is 15 January 2015 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2015, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our graduate program, and to my own web pages for information about current research in my laboratory.
I work hard to ensure that my graduate students have all the necessary resources at their disposal to complete their research and enhance their graduate training experience. My laboratory has recently undergone a complete update to my operant conditioning setup, and continues to maintain excellent facilities for investigating all aspects of brain, behaviour, and cognition in songbirds and humans. Moreover, my graduate students routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I publish their research in top journals, with many of my graduate students finishing with several publications from their time in my laboratory.

15 October 2014

Congratulations to Allison Hahn, Chris Sturdy, and their collaborators in the Veinot Lab (Department of Chemistry) on a new publication!

Zhai, Y., Dasog, M., Snitynsky, R.B., Purkait, T.K., Hahn, A.H., Sturdy, C.B., Lowary, T.L., & Veinot, J.G.C. (In press 15 October 2014). Water-soluble photoluminescent D-mannose and L-alanine functionalized silicon nanocrystals and their application to cancer cell imaging. To appear in Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

17 July 2014

Congratulations to Kim Campbell and John Hoang on winning QEII Masters scholarships!

7 July 2014

Congratulations to Lauren Guillette and the rest of the SNL on a new publication!

Guillette, L.M.Hahn, A.H.Hoeschele, M., Przyslupski, A.-M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 7 July 2014). Evidence for speed-accuracy trade-offs in cognition and personality in black-capped chickadees. To appear in Animal Cognition.

 24 April 2014

Allison Hahn with her Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award and some random photo-bomber after the luncheon and ceremony.

1 June 2014

Congratulations  to Marc Avey and the other members and collaborators of the SNL on a new publication in PLoS ONE!

Avey, M.T., Bloomfield, L.L., Elie, J.E., Freeberg, T.M.Guillette, L.M.Hoeschele, M., Lee, H., Moscicki, M.K.Owens, J.L., Sturdy, C.B. (In press  1 June 2014). Conspecific or Heterospecific? ZENK Activation in the nidopallium of black-capped chickadees. To appear in PLoS ONE.

 28 April 2014

Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele and other members and collaborators of the SNL on a new publication in Journal of Comparative Psychology!

Hoeschele, M.Cook, R.G.Guillette, L.M.Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B.  (In press 28 April). Timbre influences chord discrimination in black-capped chickadees but not humans. To appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.

 March 2014

March was an epic month for the SNL! It’s easier to break down the awesomeness by student (and catch up on some overdue recognition) than to track down the dates for each bit of excellence.

Kim Campbell won a QEII Scholarship!

Jenna Congdon won an NSERC CGS-M!

Allison Hahn was awarded a University of AlbertaGraduate Student AssociationResearch Assistant Award, the Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award (to go with her Teaching Assistantship Award and Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology (CCDP) from last summer), and the Best Student Paper Award (1st place) at 21st Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition (to go along with the Best Student Paper Award (2nd place) for Animal Bioacoustics at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics conference in Montreal last summer)!

Marisa Hoeschele was awarded an NSERC PDF and then a Banting PDF!

Chris Sturdy traveled to the University of Nevada, Reno (in addition to traveling to the International Conference on Comparative Cognition with Allison Hahn and Neil McMillan), to give an invited lecture outlining some of the recent research findings from the SNL. While at UNR he was hosted by Vladamir Provodusov, Carrie Branch, and Dovid Kozlovsky and visited with many members of the Department of Biology.
What an excellent month for a well-deserving bunch!

 12 February 2014

Congratulations to Allison Hahn who was awarded a Graduate Student Research Assistant Award from the Graduate Student Association at the University of Alberta.

 4 February 2014

A new publication from the SNL and collaborators!

Weisman, R.G.Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 4 February 2014). A comparative analysis of auditory perception in humans and songbirds: a modular approach. To appear in Behavioural Processes.

2013
30 August 2013
Congratulations to Darren Proppe and collaborators from Biological Sciences, Colleen Cassady St. Clair and Kalee Byers, for a new publication in Canadian Journal of Zoology!
Proppe, D.S., Byers, K.A., Sturdy, C.B., St. Clair, C.C. (In press 30 August 2013). Physical condition of black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) in relation to road disturbance. To appear in Canadian Journal of Zoology.
22 August 2013
Congratulations to Lee Vilinsky for defending his Master’s thesis!
15 August 2013
Research Opportunities in the Songbird Neuroethology Laboratory (SNL)
The SNL is always seeking highly motivated undergraduate studentsgraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in comparative cognition and behaviour, animal communication, auditory perception, and neuroethology, to conduct research projects (i.e., summer research students, PSYCO 299, PSYCO 496, PSYCO 498, honours, M.Sc. theses, and Ph.D. theses). Graduate students may apply either to the Department of Psychology’sgraduate program or the Centre for Neuroscience’sgraduate program.
If interested, please contact Chris Sturdy directly via e-mailphone, or in person.
21 June 2013
Congratulations to Allison Hahn and the rest of the SNL and collaborators on a new publication!
Hahn, A.H.Guillette, L.M.Hoeschele, M.Mennill, D.J.Otter, K.A., Grava, T., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 21 June 2013). Dominance and geographic information contained within black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) song. To appear in Behaviour.
 11 May 2013
Congratulations to Allison Hahn and the rest of the SNL on a new publication!
Hahn, A.H., Krysler, A., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 11 May 2013). Female song in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus): Acoustic song features that contain individual identity information and sex differences. To appear in Behavioural Processes.
 31 March 2013
! We have ONE MORE new lab member starting this fall! Jenna Congdon from Algoma University has just accepted our offer of admission and will join the lab as a graduate student this September! Welcome one and all new lab members1
 17 March 2013
Three new lab members will be joining the lab this fall! Kimberly Campbell (from Dalhousie University) and John Hoang (from the University of Alberta, currently our RA) will be joining the lab as graduate students as will Neil McMillan (from the University of Western Ontario) who will be joining the lab as a postdoctoral fellow (a joint appointment with Marcia Spetch)!
 11 March 2013
Darren Proppe, a recent PhD from my lab (co-supervised with Colleen Cassady St. Clair from Biological Sciences) was recently interviewed by the BBC about some of his PhD research. Here is the link to the story.
 28 February 2013
Congratulations to Chris Sturdy for winning the 2013 Faculty of Science Graduate Mentoring Award! And many thanks to all those graduate students who completed the nomination package!
 26 January 2013
Congratulations to Allison Hahn and the rest of the SNL on two new publications!
Hahn, A.H.Guillette, L.M.Hoeschele, M.Cook, R.G., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 26 January 2013). Categories, concepts, and calls: Auditory perceptual mechanisms and cognitive abilities across different types of birds. To appear in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics.
Mercado, E., III, Wisniewski, M.G., McIntosh, B., Guillette, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press). Reverberlocation in chickadees? To appear in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics.
9 January 2013
New article about black-capped chickadees in the St. Albert Gazette with input from Chris Sturdy and Colleen Cassady St. Clair!
 7 January 2013
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele and the rest of the SNL on a new publication!
Hoeschele, M.Weisman, R.G.Guillette, L.M.Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 7 January 2013). Chickadees fail standardized operant tests for octave equivalence. To appear in Animal Cognition.
 17 December 2012
Chris Sturdy was just promoted to the rank of Professor at the recent Science Faculty Evaluation Committee meetings!
 6 December 2012
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who was awarded a British Academy and Royal Society Newton International Fellowship!
 4 December 2012
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who was awarded a Faculty of Science Dissertation Award!
 30 November 2012
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who today successfully defended her Ph.D.!
 7 November 2012
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who has a new publication along with Colleen Cassady St. Clair and me!
Proppe, D.S., Sturdy, C.B., & St. Clair, C.C. (In press 7 November 2012). Anthropogenic noise contributes to urban homogenization. To appear in Global Change Biology.
 28 August 2012
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette for successfully defending her Ph.D.! Congratulations, Dr. Guillette!!
 13 August 2012
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele and the rest of the SNL on a new publication!
 Hoeschele, M., Weisman, R.G., & Sturdy, C.B. (August 2012). Pitch chroma discrimination, generalization, and transfer tests of octave equivalence in humans. To appear in Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.
 8 August 2012
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette and the rest of the SNL on a new publication!
Guillette, L.M.Hoeschele, M.Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 8 August 2012). Heterospecific discrimination of Poecile vocalizations by zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). To appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.
 16 May 2012
Story featuring Sturdy in the St. Albert Gazette!
 9 May 2012
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who has been granted an Honorary Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, which goes to outstanding doctoral students and excellent scholars with major external scholarships.
 10 April 2012
Congratulations to Darren Proppe and the rest of the SNL and collaborators on a new publication!
Proppe, D.S.Avey, M.T.Hoeschele, M.Moscicki, M.K., Farrell, T., St. Clair, C.C., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press). Black-capped chickadees sing at higher pitches with elevated anthropogenic noise, but not with decreasing canopy cover. To appear in Journal of Avian Biology. doi 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2012.05640.x
 4 April 2012
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who has been awarded The University of Alberta’s Andrew Stewart Memorial Prize for recognition of excellence in research at the doctoral level!
 2 April 2012
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele for a new, first-authored publication to appear in Animal Cognition (with Lauren Guillette and Chris Sturdy)!
Hoeschele, M.Guillette, L.M., Sturdy, C.B. (In press). Biological relevance of acoustic signal affects discrimination performance in a songbird. To appear in Animal Cognition.
 19 March  2012
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who won a Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award! Congratulations, Lauren!
 13 March  2012
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who won a City Lumber 75th Anniversary International Graduate Student Award! Congratulations, Lauren!
 20 February 2012
Congratulations to members of the SNL and collaborators on a new “In Press” article!
Weisman, R.G., Balkwill, L.-L., Hoeschele, M.Moscicki, M.K., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press). Identifying absolute pitch possessors without using a note naming task. To appear in Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain.
 29 January  2012
Chris Sturdy in the Edmonton Journal!
2011
 27 September  2011
New lab group photo posted here!
 19 September  2011
Congratulations to members of the SNL and Ed Mercado’s group at SUNY Buffalo on a new collaborative publication!
 Wisniewski, M.G., Guillette, L.M., Radell, M., Sturdy, C.B. & Mercado, E. (In press 19 September 2011). Predicting shifts in generalization gradients with perceptrons. To appear in Learning & Behavior.
 13 September  2011
Congratulations to Marc Avey on a new first-authored publication!
Avey, M.T., Rodriguez, A., & Sturdy C.B. (In press 13 September 2011). Seasonal variation of vocal behaviour in a temperate songbird: Assessing the effects of laboratory housing on wild-caught, seasonally-breeding birds. To appear in Behavioural Processes.
 3 September  2011
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette on a new first-authored publication!
Guillette, L.M. & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 3 September 2011). Individual differences and repeatability in vocal production: Stress-induced calling exposes a songbird’s personality. To appear in Naturwissenschaften.
 2 September 2011
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Colleen Cassiday St. Clair and Chris Sturdy)!
Proppe, D.S., Sturdy, C.B., & St. Clair, C.C. (In press 2 September 2011). Flexibility in animal signals facilitates adaptation to rapidly changing environments. To appear in PLoS ONE.
 16 August 2011
Congratulations to Marc Avey on defending his Ph.D.!
 3 August 2011
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette and the rest of the SNL and collaborators on a new publication!
Guillette, L.M.Bloomfield, L.L., Batty, E.R., Dawson, M.R.W., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 3 August 2011). Development of a contact call in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) hand-reared in different acoustic environments. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
 28 July 2011
Congratulations to Marc Avey (and the rest of the lab members, past and present) on a great new publication!
Avey M.T.Hoeschele, M.Moscicki, M.K.Bloomfield, L.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (2011). Neural correlates of threat perception: Neural equivalence of conspecific and heterospecific mobbing calls is learned. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23844. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023844.
 26 July 2011
Congratulations to Marc Avey on his new Fellowship with the CCAC!
 17 June 2011
Chris Sturdy was awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator SupplementFull listing of awards here.News release here.
 6 June 2011
Chris Sturdy was awarded an NSERC Discovery GrantNews release here.
 11 April 2011
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Bob CookLauren GuilletteDan Brooks and Chris Sturdy)!
Hoeschele, M.Cook, R.G.Guillette, L.M.Brooks, D.I., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 11 April 2011). Black-capped chickadee and human chord discrimination. To appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.
 1 April 2011
New publication from the SNL and collaborators Ed Mercado and his students from SUNY Buffalo!!
 Wisniewski, M.G., Guillette, L.M., Radell, M.L., Sturdy, C.B., & Mercado, E., III (In press 1 April 2011). Simulating the temporal dynamics of learning-related shifts in generalization gradients with connectionist models. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
 10 February 2011
Congratulations to Michele Moscicki who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Marisa HoescheleLaurie Bloomfield, Maria Modanu, Isabelle Charrier and Chris Sturdy)!
Moscicki, M.K.Hoeschele, M.Bloomfield, L.L., Modanu, M., Charrier, I., & Sturdy, C.B. (In Press 10 February 2011). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations: the chick-a-dee call of the boreal chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus). To appear in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
2010
 1 December 2010
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Tara Farrell, Marisa Hoeschele and Chris Sturdy)!
Guillette, L.M., Farrell, T.M., Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press). Acoustic mechanisms of a species-based discrimination of the chick-a-dee call in sympatric black-capped (Poecile atricapillus) and mountain chickadees (P. gambeli). To appear in Frontiers in Comparative Psychology.
 30 November 2010
Congratulations to Michele Moscicki who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Marisa Hoeschele and Chris Sturdy)!
Moscicki, M.K.Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations: the chick-a-dee call of the Mexican chickadee (Poecile sclateri). Acta Ornithologica.
 28 September 2010
Recent media coverage of SNL research HERE and HERE! AND HERE (just discovered this one today!)!
 17 September 2010
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who successfully defended his PhD! Darren is Assistant Professor of Biology at Montreat College!
 9 August 2010
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Adam ReddonMarisa Hoeschele and Chris Sturdy)!
Guillette, L.M.Reddon, A.R.Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 9 August 2010). Sometimes slower is better: Slow-exploring birds are more sensitive to changes in a vocal discrimination task. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
 11 June 2010
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who has a new, first-authored publication (along with Laurie Bloomfield and Chris Sturdy)!
Proppe, D.S.Bloomfield, L.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 11 June 12 2010). Acoustic transmission of the chick-a-dee call of the black capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus): forest structure and note function. Canadian Journal of Zoology.
 1 June 2010
Three new publications from the SNL and collaborators at Queen’s University!
Weisman, R.G., Balkwill, L.-L., Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., Bloomfield, L.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Frequency-range discriminations in boreal chickadees and humans: Exceptions that test a phylogenetic rule. Learning & Motivation (Special issue to honor Stewart H. Hulse).
Weisman, R.G.Hoeschele, M.Bloomfield, L.L.Mewhort, D.J.K., Sturdy, C.B. (2010). Using network models of absolute pitch to compare frequency-range discriminations across avian species. Behavioural Processes, 84(1), 421-427.
Weisman, R.G.Mewhort, D.J.K.Hoeschele, M., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 1 June 2010). New perspectives on absolute pitch in birds and mammals. In E.A. Wasserman & T.R. Zentall (Eds), Handbook of Comparative Cognition. Oxford University Press, XXX-XXX.
 10 May 2010
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who has accepted a faculty position in Biology / Environmental Science at Montreat College!
 06 May 2010
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette for winning a Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship!
 29 April 2010
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette for winning a Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize!
 29 March 2010
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who has a new first authored publication!
Guillette, L.M., Bailey, A.A., Reddon, A.R.Hurd, P.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 29 March 2010). Capture order is repeatable in chickadees. To appear in International Journal of Comparative Psychology.
17 January 2010
New publication for the SNL!
Weisman, R.G.Hoeschele, M.Bloomfield, L.L.Mewhort, D.J.K., Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 17 January). Using network models of absolute pitch to compare frequency-range discriminations across avian species. To appear in Behavioural Processes.
2009
4 December 2009
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who has a new first authored publication!
Guillette, L.M., Bloomfield, L.L., Batty, E.R., Dawson, M.R.W., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 4 December 2009). Black-capped (Poecile atricapillus) and mountain chickadee (Poecile gambeli) contact call contains species, sex, and individual identity features. To appear in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
30 November 2009
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who has a new first authored publication!
Hoeschele, M., Moscicki, M.K., Otter, K.A., van Oort, H., Fort, K., Farrell, T.M., Lee, H., Robson, S.W.J., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 30 November 2009). Dominance Signaled in an Acoustic Ornament. To appear in Animal Behaviour.
1 September 2009
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who has a new first authored publication!
Guillette, L.M., Farrell, T.M., Hoeschele, M., Nickerson, C.M., Dawson, M.R.W., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 1 September 2009). Mechanisms of call note type perception: Peak Shift in a note type continuum. To appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.
15 July 2009
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who has a new first authored publication!
Hoeschele, M.Gammon, D.E., Moscicki, M.K., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 15 July 2009). Note types and coding in Parid vocalizations: the chick-a-dee call of the chestnut-backed chickadee (Poecile rufuscens). To appear in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
20 July 2009
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette who has a new first authored publication!
Guillette, L.M.Reddon, A.R.s, & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 20 July 2009). Exploration of a novel space is associated with individual differences in learning speed in black-capped chickadees, Poecile atricapillus. Behavioural Processes.
25 June 2009
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who has a new first authored publication!
Proppe, D.S., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press, 25 June 2009). The effect of schedules of reinforcement on the composition of spontaneous and evoked black-capped chickadee calls. To appear in Journal of Experimental Biology.
 May 2009
Congratulations to Darren Proppe and Marc Avey for being awarded C/BAR and NTSP seed funding!!
 2 April 2009
Congratulations to Michele Moscicki for winning and NSERCCanada Graduate Scholarship!
 1 April 2009
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele who has a new paper accepted (pending suitable revision) in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America!
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele for winning and Alberta Ingenuity FundGraduate Student Scholarship!
 30 March 2009
Congratulations to Emily Batty who has a new paper (with Laurie BloomfieldMarcia Spetch and Chris Sturdy) in press at Animal Cognition!
 Batty, E.R., Bloomfield, L.L.Spetch, M.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (2009). Black-capped (Poecile atricapillus) and mountain chickadees’ (Poecile gambeli) use of geometric and featural information in a spatial orientation task. Animal Cognition, 12, 633-641.
 3 March 2009
Congratulations to Jessica Vlasveld, former Psychology independent study student, who has been accepted into Law School
 25 February 2009
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette on a new first authored publication from her M.A. research Mount Holyoke College with Karen Hollis that is published today! Check it out!
 Guillette, L.M., Hollis, K.L., Markarian, A. (2009). Learning in a sedentary insect predator: Antlions (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) anticipate a long wait. Behavioural Processes, 80, 224–232.
 23 February 2009
Congratulations to Darren Proppe who successfully completed his candidacy exam!
2008
25 November 2008
Marisa Hoeschele successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis – congratulations, Marisa!
 June 2008
Welcome to Craig Anderson, our new Psychology Intern!
 May 2008 (It was another good month!)
Congratulations to Dawson Clary, Homan Lee and Scott Robson who were all awarded NSERC URSAs for summer research!

March 2008 (It was a good month!)

Congratulations to Marc Avey for winning and Alberta Ingenuity Studentship!
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele for winning an NSERC PGS-D scholarship!
Congratulations to Tara Farrell for winning an NSERC CGS-M scholarship!
Congratulations also to Marc Avey, Marisa Hoeschele and Darren Proppe for winning C/BAR and NSTP seed funding!Hahn, A.H.Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Otter, K.A.Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 19 January 2017). Discrimination of male black-capped chickadee songs: Relationship between acoustic preference and performance accuracy. To appear in Animal Behaviour.