Kathryn Lord, visiting assistant professor of animal behavior, received her B.A. from Hampshire College, and M.S. and Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Her main interest is in the evolutionary development of animal behavior, as well as its application to the management of domestic and wild species.
She has accomplished this research by investigating the origin of behavioral differences between the species, subspecies, and breeds of the genus Canis.
This course is aimed at students beginning or mid-way through Division II, concentrating in animal behavior. It will provide students with hands-on experience in focused research collaboration with faculty. Students will be involved in designing an original study on the development of Canid behavior. They will collect and analyze data, and present their findings. Students will also be expected to read and discuss primary background literature on the development of behavior, Canid behavior, and other associated topics. Students will learn about research design, animal behavior methodology, behavioral development and how to communicate their findings.
Dogs and wolves are members of the same species, yet their behavior varies in a number of profound ways. In this course we will examine how development and learning contribute to these adaptive variations between wolves, dogs and various dog breeds. We will also investigate how development and learning can inform the management of both dogs and wolves. Students will be expected to read, discuss and critique primary literature from multiple fields including evolutionary biology, psychology, animal behavior and conservation. Evaluations will be based on class participation, regular short response assignments and two major written assignments.
Visiting Asst. Professor of Animal Behavior
Mail Code CS
Adele Simmons Hall 131
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002