PhD Candidates and Students
Nick’s research interests revolve around conservation detection dogs, which are dogs trained to use their incredible sense of smell to detect plant and animal material of interest to conservation efforts. His PhD looks at developing and evaluating a community volunteer model of conservation detection dog training and deployment on such projects as freshwater turtle nest detection.
Jess joined the ARG as an honours student in 2015 and commenced her PhD in 2017. Whilst her interests broadly encompass all things Anthrozoology, Jess’ current research area concerns companion dog breeding practices. In particular, she is interested in the role that early experiences have on adult dog behaviour and the subsequent dog-owner relationship outcomes.
Deanna is interested in the psychological benefits of interacting with animals, with a focus on the use of dogs in school classrooms and early learning environments. Her current area of research explores whether interacting with dogs can improve aspects of human cognition.
M.Sc. Brain & Behaviour
Maike joined the ARG in February 2019 as an international PhD student from Germany. She is interested in animal cognition & behavior. Maike’s PhD project looks at the early development of cognition, especially inhibitory control and working memory, in assistance dog as well as pet dog puppies.