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  1. Honours projects
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with the Wildlife Conservation Canines and Ethology Lab and Dr. Gadbois

Honours theses (for Biology, Marine Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Environmental Programs [Faculty of Science])

I historically supervise anywhere between 1 and 10 undergraduate students depending on the years, projects and funding available. I now limit the number of undergraduate students to 5/year (Honours and Independent Projects).

At the undergraduate level, I typically supervise students in (experimental) psychology (PSYO), neuroscience (NESC), biology (BIOL), marine biology (MARI), and environmental sciences (ENVS).

Because of grade inflation in some of our courses at Dalhousie in the past decade or so, I updated in 2019 the requirements to work in my lab.

I expect students to have a GPA at or above 3.7

I expect students to have a grade above the median in the following courses (if taken):

  1. Research Methods (NESC/PSYO 2000). Required by the program for PSYO and NESC students.
  2. Learning (NESC/PSYO 2140); starting in 2021 this will be a requirement:
    • to work on lab projects with the dogs,
    • for the NESC and PSYO students.
  3. Animal Behaviour (NESC/PSYO 2160). Required by me for PSYO, NESC, BIOL and MARI.
  4. Advanced Animal Behaviour (NESC/PSYO 3162): strongly recommended.
  5. Measuring Behaviour (NESC/PSYO 3161): strongly recommended.
  6. Measuring Behaviour: Naturalistic observation (NESC/PSYO 3163)

Other notes:

You will need to do your CCAC animal certification through the veterinarian’s office (UCLA) in accordance with CCAC rules.

I am also expecting you to have volunteering experience in my lab prior to the start of your project, and preferably before you apply so I can judge the fit.

If you are an Honours student in psychology (PSYO) or neuroscience (NESC), I would strongly encourage you to enrol in Behavioural Biology (PSYO/NESC 4160) and/or Topics in Animal Learning (PSYO/NESC 4140) with me.

I strongly encourage you take the Learning (PSYO/NESC 2140) course if you are going to work with the canines (lab or field-based projects). It is also recommended that you have some background or at least an interest in psychophysics (psychology students), sensory physiology (neuroscience students) or sensory ecology (biology students).

Students wanting to do field work should preferably have done some field biology coursework or be registered to the Animal Behaviour Certificate.

Options for independent projects (not an exhaustive list)