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Corina Logan
Senior Researcher
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
corina_logan [at] eva.mpg.de

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THE GRACKLE LAB

HUMANS



The Grackle Team (left to right): Maggie MacPherson (Postdoc), Melissa Folsom (Research Assistant, melissa.folsom14 [at] gmail.com), Kelsey McCune (Postdoc, kelseybmccune [at] gmail.com), Corina Logan (Principal Investigator)

Plus ASU undergrads (not pictured): Aldora Messinger, Olateju Ojekunle, August Sevchik, Jennifer Berens, Amanda Overholt, Michael Pickett, Emily Blackwell, Sam Bowser, Kaylee Delcid, Brynna Hood, Elise Lange



FORMER LAB MEMBERS

Luisa Bergeron
Research Technician
Assisted with setting up and running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, focusing on trapping and color banding grackles, managing undergraduates, and conducting aviary experiments (2018-2019)

Carolyn Rowney
Lab Manager
Set up the lab work to run efficiently and effectively, coordinated with collaborators to ensure we met their needs, designed new DNA extraction methods (2017-2019)

Adriana Boderash
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation and assisting with trapping and processing grackles (2018-2019)

Justin Hunyh
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation (2019)

Elysia Mamola
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation, assisting with trapping and processing grackles, and examining red and white blood cells (2018-2019)

Rita Barakat
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation, and assisting with trapping and processing grackles (2018-2019)

Michael Guillen
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation (2018-2019)

Aelin Mayer
Maricopa Community College Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation (2017-2018)

Brianna Thomas
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation (2018)

Sofija Savic
ASU Undergraduate
Assisted with running the long-term grackle field site at Arizona State University, including conducting trap habituation (2018)

Nancy Rodriguez
ASU Undergraduate
Helped set up the grackle project at Arizona State University and conducted trap habituation (2017-2018)

Zoe Johnson-Ulrich
Former postdoc
Helped set up the grackle project at Arizona State University and conducted aviary experiments (2018)

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: TEMPE, ARIZONA


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Click here to see all of the Arizona grackles



GRACKLES: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA


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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