Speakers

2014 Conference Speakers



Speakers for the SPARCS 2014 International Conference on Dog Behavior

Mia Cobb is a canine scientific researcher and science communicator. She holds a BSc(Hons) with a focus on animal behaviour from Monash University and is nearing completion of a PhD researching the welfare, enrichment and work performance of kennelled working dogs as part of the Anthrozoology Research Group in Australia. Her research was awarded the RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research in 2009. Cobb’s work in various animal industry contexts has given her unique insight to a range of human-animal interactions and animal welfare issues. She worked in shelter and working dog facilities for over a decade, before shifting focus to research and promote the welfare of Australia’s working dogs in 2012. She led the working dog group within the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, a federal government initiative to improve the welfare of all Australian animals and recently founded the Australian Working Dog Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation working with industry to improve the welfare of Australia’s working and sporting dogs. Cobb regularly attends and presents at scientific conferences, professional development workshops and public information/education sessions. She believes in helping scientific research escape academic journals and founded the blog, Do You Believe in Dog?, with fellow canine scientist, Julie Hecht. She is co-host of the Human Animal Science podcast series, has written for ABC The Drum and recently featured in Dumbo Feather: Conversations with extraordinary people. * Facebook: Do You Believe in Dog? * Twitter: @DoUBelieveInDog

Mia Cobb, BSc (Hons)


Raymond Coppinger majored in literature and philosophy as an undergraduate at Boston University. His Ph.D. thesis in biology (at the University of Massachusetts) is on the effect of experience and novelty on avian feeding behavior. He joined the founding faculty at Hampshire College in 1969, where he is professor of biology. He teaches and does research on animal behavior, especially the behavior of canines. Dr. Coppinger is one of the world’s foremost experts on dogs.Ray’s first professional studies of dogs occurred on the runners of a dog sled. During a twelve- year mushing career, he progressed from a five-dog to a sixteen-dog team, won many races on the northeast (USA) circuits, and developed a new strain of fast, responsive sled dogs. Several of these were sold to drivers bound for the Alaskan championship races. His research projects with sled dogs include responses of racing dogs to the stress of heat retention, and the amount of energy required to pull a sled and driver.

In 1976, Ray and his wife Lorna founded the Livestock Guarding Dog Project at Hampshire College. This long-term investigation into the behavior of a new kind of dog for farmers and ranchers in the United States has resulted in greater understanding about early developmental behavior of dogs, and how early experience (or lack of it) can affect their adult behavior.

Recently, Ray (and his colleagues and students) have published over seventy papers on his dog research. His favorite publication, however, is the book Fishing Dogs, a humorous and iconoclastic look at dogs, fishermen and professors. His favorite co-author is Lorna Coppinger, and their greatest achievement so far is DOGS: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior, and Evolution (Scribner, NY, 2001; Univ. Chicago Press, 2002). His numerous travels around the world to study and talk about dogs are always supplemented by a day or two searching local waters for the perfect fish. http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/rcoppinger.htm

Ray Coppinger, PhD


Simon Gadbois is an ethologist and behavioural neuroscientist from Dalhousie University, Canada. His Ph.D. research was completed at the Canadian Centre for Wolf Research, in Nova Scotia (Canada). He studied social behaviour in wolves (agonistic and affiliative) and its hormonal correlates under John Fentress, Peter McLeod and Fred Harrington. He has also worked on action sequences in canids in a leading lab on action syntax in canids and rodents (Fentress & McLeod, 1986; Fentress & Gadbois, 2001). Over the years, he developed a passion for canine olfaction and founded in 2006 the Canid Behaviour Research Team. The team is involved in wild canid research (recently mostly coyotes) and research on volunteer dogs (mostly in applied olfactory processing). The team has focussed on Wildlife Conservation Canines (tracking dogs used to non-invasively find and monitor species-at-risk and other wildlife), Invasive Insect Detection and Search Canines (for forestry applications), as well as Hypoglycemia Detection and Assistance Dogs. Although not involved in invasive neuroscience research with canines, Gadbois uses neurophysiological models to shape the conceptual and theoretical basis of his research in canine ethology and psychology. He grounds all of his research in neuroethological and zoosemiotic models. He is also a proponent of a strong integration and critical synthesis of animal ethology, experimental psychology and neuroscience.His work on dogs, wolves and coyotes has been features in numerous documentaries. He has contributed to an upcoming chapter (“Canine Olfaction: Scent, Sign, and Situation”) in a book (“Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior”) edited by Alexandra Horowitz (Gadbois and Reeve, 2014). He has been a guest speaker in a number of scientific (e.g., Canine Science Forum, Vienna, 2010) and non-scientific conferences on canines (CAPPDT, APDT, Chienposium, etc). He is currently the Canadian representative of the International Council of Ethologists.

Simon Gadbois, PhD


Sam Gosling is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He did his doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, where he his dissertation focused personality in spotted hyenas. His non-human research has also examined dogs, cats, chimpanzees, and squid. In 2005 he founded the Animal Personality Institute, an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to understanding personality and temperament in non-human animals. He also does research on Internet-based methods of data collection and on how human personality is manifested in everyday contexts like bedrooms, offices, Facebook profiles, and music preferences; this latter work is described in his book, “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You”. Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution in the area of Comparative Psychology.

Sam Gosling, PhD


Julie Hecht, MSc is a canine behavioral researcher and science writer. She manages Alexandra Horowitz’s Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, which has studied topics such as dog olfaction, inter-species play behavior, theory of mind, and anthropomorophisms. Hecht is an Animal Behavior PhD student at the City University of New York, and she conducted her Masters research with the Family Dog Project in Budapest under Márta Gácsi and Ádám Miklósi. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Anthrozoology Masters Program at Canisius College and holds lectures for the general public, trainers and student groups. Hecht most recently spoke at the 2013 Association of Professional Dog Trainers Conference, the Intrepid Museum in NYC, and Camp Unleashed in Massachusetts. In addition to her scholarly articles, she is a contributor to the recent release Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior, edited by Alexandra Horowitz, and Hecht is a features writer for The Bark magazine and blogs at Dog Spies for Scientific American and at Do You Believe in Dog?. www.DogSpies.com * Facebook: Dog Spies & Do You Believe in Dog? * Twitter: @DogSpies & @DoUBelieveInDog

Julie Hecht, MSc


Kathryn Lord received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Organismic and Evolutionary biology. Her research and publications have focused on the evolution and development of dog and wolf behavior. This work involved thousands of hours of observation on hand reared puppies of several breeds of dogs as well as wolves. What she found was that, tiny differences in developmental rates, explain why the various breeds of dogs differ from one another and from other members of the genus Canis.Kathryn has served as adjunct faculty at Hampshire College, in Amherst MA, and Canisius College in Buffalo NY, teaching courses in animal behavior, evolution, and dog behavior. Her work has been published in professional journals including Animal Behavior, Behavioral Processes and Ethology. She has two chapters currently in press on the evolution of dog behavior in books edited by Temple Grandin and James Serpell. She lectures internationally which has included the Chienposium, Quebec, the Italian Veterinary School at the University of Pisa, the Swiss Schweizerische Tierärztliche für Verhaltensmedizin, in Bern, and the University of Padova, Italy.

Kathryn Lord, PhD


Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB is an Ethologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has consulted with cat and dog lovers for over twenty-five years. She combines a thorough understanding of the science of behavior with years of practical, applied experience. Her nationally syndicated radio show, Calling All Pets, played in over 110 cities for fourteen years and her television show Petline played on Animal Planet for two and a half years. She is a frequent contributor to The Bark magazine (“the New Yorker of Dog Magazines”) and is Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching “The Biology and Philosophy of Human/Animal Relationships.” Dr. McConnell is a much sought after speaker and seminar presenter, speaking to training organizations, veterinary conferences, academic meetings and animal shelters around the world about dog and cat behavior, and on science-based and humane solutions to serious behavioral problems. She is the author of numerous books on training and behavioral problems, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Other End of the Leash (translated now into 14 languages), For the Love of a Dog and Tales of Two Species. Patricia lives with her Border Collie Willie, her Cavalier Tootsie and a very spoiled flock of sheep, and suffers from separation anxiety when she leaves them. For more information, go to www.patriciamcconnell.com or visit her blog, at www.theotherendoftheleash.com.

Patricia McConnell, PhD


James A. Serpell is Professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University College London in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool in 1980. In 1985 he established the Companion Animal Research Group at the University of Cambridge before moving in 1993 to his current position at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches veterinary ethics, applied animal behavior and welfare, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships. In addition to publishing more than 100 articles and book chapters on these and related topics, he is the author, editor or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives (1994), The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior & Interactions with People (1995), In the Company of Animals (1996), and Companion Animals & Us (2000).

James Serpell, PhD


Dr. Monique Udell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at Oregon State University. Her work focuses on the development of cross-species interactions and bonds, including those between humans and domestic dogs. She has a special interest in how the cognition and behavior of domestic dogs and wolves can be altered by lifetime experience, as well as by environment and context. To do this Dr. Udell has spent years working closely with working dogs, pets, and strays as well as human socialized wolves, coyotes, and foxes investigating lifetime and evolutionary factors that contribute to the social behavior and physical problem solving abilities of canines. She has also spent several summers living with wolf pups (at Wolf Park, Battle Ground Indiana) assisting with their socialization and studying their social and cognitive development. Her work with canines has lead to scientific publications, media interviews and features, and national and international speaking opportunities.Dr. Udell received her Ph. D. in Psychology from the University of Florida where she co-founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab and began her research on the social behavior of dogs and wolves. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Udell serves as a director and animal behavior consultant with BARC group. Her experiences have allowed her to work with a variety of species over the years including wild cats, megachiropteran bats, coyotes, foxes, mice, non-human primates and a range of companion animals including dogs, cats, and ferrets. In her spare time she can be found exploring the diverse terrain of Oregon with her husband and Border Collie.

More information can be found at www.moniqueudell.com

Monique Udell, PhD


Clive Wynne is currently Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana. He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial). Several years ago he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on several TV shows such as National Geographic, Nova ScienceNow and others. He is the author of a textbook Animal Cognition now in a new edition, and editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes. His most recent book is Do Animals Think? (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004).

. www.clivewynne.com

Clive Wynne, PhD