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Corina Logan
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
itsme@CorinaLogan.com

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The Grackle Team
Top row (left to right):
  • Aelin Mayer (Maricopa Community College undergraduate)
  • Nancy Rodriguez (Arizona State University undergraduate)
  • Zoe Johnson-Ulrich (postdoc/experiment manager)

    Bottom row (left to right):
  • Carol Rowney (lab manager)
  • Luisa Bergeron (field manager)
  • Corina Logan (principal investigator)

    Dogs (left to right): Binnie and Lou (stress relievers)

    More recent lab members (not pictured):
  • Sofija Savic (Arizona State University undergraduate)
  • Brianna Thomas (Arizona State University undergraduate)
  • Aldora Messinger (Arizona State University undergraduate)



    FORMER LAB MEMBERS

    Brigit Harvey
    UCLA Undergraduate
    Investigated cognition in California scrub-jays (2014-2015)

    Michelle Gertsvolf
    UCSB Undergraduate
    Assisted with grackle cognitive tests and field observations (2015)

    Soumya Suresh
    UCSB Undergraduate
    Assisted with grackle field observations (2015)

    Maya Shoemaker
    Volunteer (Santa Barbara, CA)
    Assisted with grackle field observations (2015)

    Christin Palmstrom
    UCSB Undergraduate
    Validated field methods for approximating endocranial volume in grackles and investigated social learning (2013-2015)

    Luisa Bergeron
    UCSB Undergraduate
    Gathered behavioral observations on grackles in the field and assisted with cognitive tests (2014-2015)

    Linnea Palmstrom
    UCSB Undergraduate
    Assisted with grackle cognitive tests and analyzed videos of lek-mating birds (2014-2015)

    Mackenzie Zisser
    UC Berkeley Undergraduate
    Gathered and analyzed videos of lek-mating birds (2014)

    Deanna Falge
    UCSB Undergraduate
    Gathered data on great-tailed grackle social interactions and breeding behavior (2013-2014)

    Alexis Breen
    Research Assistant
    Assisted with New Caledonian crow data collection and blogged about her adventures there (2013).
    She did a Masters degree and is now doing a PhD at the University of St Andrews.
  • GRACKLES


    © Corina Logan
    Tequila - Adult male
    Leg bands: Yellow / Purple - Sep 2014
    He preferred to drop heavy rather than light objects into a water tube to raise the water level to reach floating food, and he changed his preference in a follow up experiment where heavy objects were no longer functional


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    Cerveza - Adult female
    Leg bands: Blue / Orange - Sep 2014
    She loves magnetism!


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    Charlie - Adult female
    Leg bands: White / White - Dec 2013
    Our first grackle! We banded her when she was a juvenile (her eyes were still brown instead of the adult yellow) and saw her grow into an adult. Her first breeding season was Mar-Aug 2014

    Margarita - Adult female
    Leg bands: Purple / Blue - Sep 2014
    She also preferred to drop heavy rather than light objects and she loves magnetism too!


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    Michelada - Adult female
    Leg bands: Orange / Red - Sep 2014
    She was the fastest bird to learn to reverse a previously trained preference


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    Mojito - Adult male
    Leg bands: Red / Green - Sep 2014
    We banded and released him because the aviary was full at the time. You can see him in the wild flock with Tequila, Michelada, Cerveza, and Charlie at East Beach and the Santa Barbara Zoo

    Chicha - Adult female
    Leg bands: Blue / Red - Jan 2015
    We banded and released her. You can see her in the wild flock with Charlie at East Beach


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    Batido - Adult male
    Leg bands: Orange / Purple - Jan 2015
    He preferred to drop heavy objects rather than light objects into a water tube and he hides under tables when raptors fly overhead


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    Horchata - Adult female
    Leg bands: Green / Red - Jan 2015
    She was the slowest bird to learn to reverse a previously trained preference


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    Jugo - Adult male
    Leg bands: Red / Blue - Jan 2015
    He always has a leaf or a piece of tape or something in his bill and he likes to put these objects in water

    Refresco - Adult male
    Leg bands: Purple / Yellow - Jan 2015
    He preferred to drop heavy rather than light objects into a water tube to raise the water level to reach floating food, and he changed his preference in a follow up experiment where heavy objects were no longer functional