Lab Members

 

Joshua Plotnik, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Joshua Plotnik, Ph.D. is the lab’s principal investigator. He is a comparative psychologist and conservation behavior researcher who has studied the intelligence of elephants since 2005. Recently, Josh has been working in Thailand to understand how research on animal thinking can be applied directly to the mitigation of human/elephant conflict. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Animal Behavior and Conservation Program at Hunter College, and in the Cognitive and Comparative Psychology program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Plotnik has earned degrees from both Emory University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and Cornell University (B.S.). He lives in New York City.

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E-mail: joshua.plotnik@hunter.cuny.edu

Sarah Jacobson

Ph.D. student

Sarah is a Ph.D. student in the CCC lab, and a graduate student in the Cognitive and Comparative Psychology Program at the Graduate Center at CUNY.

She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Colorado College in 2013. Her Ph.D. project is focused on Asian elephant crop-raiding behavior, and how individual variation in elephant behavior and cognition can help predict human-elephant conflict.

E-mail: sjacobson@gradcenter.cuny.edu

 

Ariel Lombardo Aghishian

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Ariel is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

She received her B.A. in Psychology from Wright State University in 2015. Her M.A. project is focused on contagious yawning in domestic cats. Her thesis research is being conducted in cat owners’ homes throughout the NYC area.

 

Joshua DiPaola

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Josh is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

He received a B.S. in Finance from Fordham University in 2010. His M.A. project is focused on Sunda pangolin foraging behavior, and he has been conducting pangolin cognition studies in collaboration with Mahidol University in Thailand.

 

Summer Fiori

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Sasha is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

She received a B.A. in Psychology from Waynesburg University in 2017. Her M.A. project will be focused on the interactions between elephant social behavior and hormones in collaboration with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

 

Andrew Michalski

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Andrew is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Fordham University in 2014. His M.A. project is focused on how evidence of animal intelligence affects the moral concern of humans toward other species as well as their motivation to eat meat, and is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

 

Sasha Montero

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Sasha is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

She received a B.S. in Animal Biology from UC Davis in 2017. Her M.A. project will be focused on elephant cognition and sensory perception in collaboration with the Oklahoma City Zoo.

 

Amanda Puitiza

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Amanda is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

She received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Human Biology from Hunter College in 2017. Her M.A. project will be focused on elephant cognition and sensory perception in collaboration with the Oklahoma City Zoo.

 

Miranda Trapani

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Miranda is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

Miranda received her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Hunter College in 2017. Her M.A. project will be focused on applications of giant panda cognition and personality to conservation in practice.

 

Sateesh Venkatesh

Master’s student, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program

Sateesh is a Master’s student in the CCC lab.

Sateesh received his B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster in 2010. His M.A. project will be focused on applications of elephant personality and cognition to human/elephant conflict mitigation in Myanmar in collaboration with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

 

 

Lab Alumni

Tamara Aird – M.A., ABC Program: Conservation education in urban and rural schools in Thailand

Elizabeth Krisch – M.A., ABC Program: Accurate and inaccurate social cue following in domestic horses

Dalia Miller – M.A., ABC Program: Object permanence in Asian elephants

 

Dr. Joshua Plotnik
Department of Psychology
Hunter College, the City University of New York

695 Park Avenue, Room HN 611
New York, NY 10065
(212) 396-6442

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