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Christopher Sturdy University of Alberta

Chris Sturdy completed a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Windsor in 1994 where he studied spatial memory in rats with Jerry Cohen. He then completed an M.A. in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 2000 in Psychology at Queen’s University where he examined songbird bioacoustics, cognition and neuroscience with Ron Weisman. From 2000 to 2001, Sturdy worked at the Duke University Medical Center with Rich Mooney (Department of Neurobiology) and Duke University with Steve Nowicki (Department of Biology) where he examined the cellular basis of song production. In 2002, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alberta and promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology in 2008 and finally to Professor in 2013. Sturdy studies songbird communication and cognition in an integrative fashion, combining several approaches to understand the biological and cognitive bases of underlying songbird acoustic communication.

Marcia Spetch University of Alberta

Marcia Spetch received her Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of British Columbia, where she studied temporal and spatial memory in pigeons with Dr. D. Wilkie.  She conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD with Dr. E. Fantino where she studied operant choice behavior.  She was an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University from 1983-1987, and she is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta.  Her area of expertise is Comparative Cognition with a current focus on spatial cognition and decision processes.  Her primary research is conducted with pigeons and humans, but over the years, she has published collaborative research on numerous behaviors and cognitive processes (learning, memory, timing, choice behavior, object recognition, motion perception, spatial cognition, gambling) in a variety of species.  She has received continuous grant support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada since 1983 and recently she is also funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.  She has published over 100 research articles and several book chapters.  Her past positions include appointments as consulting editor on several journals, associate editor of Animal Learning & Behavior, member of NSERC grant selection panel and president of the Comparative Cognition Society. She has supervised several post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, honors students, and international internship students.

Editorial Board

Peter Balsam Barnard College, Columbia University
Michael Beran Georgia State University
Verner Bingman Bowling Green State University
Aaron Blaisdell University of California at Los Angeles
Laurie Bloomfield Algoma University
Kent Bodily Georgia Southern University
David Brodbeck Algoma University
Leyre Castro University of Iowa
Ken Cheng Macquarie University
Susan Healy University of St Andrews
Karen Hollis Mount Holyoke College
Debbie Kelly University of Manitoba
Suzanne MacDonald York University
James Mazur Southern Connecticut State University
Eduardo Mercado III SUNY Buffalo
Leslie Phillmore Dalhousie University
Angelo Santi Wilfrid Laurier University
Toru Shimizu University of South Florida
Marcia Spetch University of Alberta
Brad Sturz Georgia Southern University
Anna Wilkinson University of Lincoln

Past Editors:
Ron Weisman (2006–2011), Queen’s University
Robert Cook (2006–2011), Tufts University
Tom Zentall (2012–2014), Kentucky University

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Past Publisher:
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