Hiram College

Animal learning and behavior have long captured the interest of psychology and biology scholars. What do rats, pigeons, betta fish, crayfish, and humans reveal in their behaviors? Faculty members and students from Albion College, Berea College, Kent State University, Oakland University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Windsor joined their Hiram College counterparts earlier this month to find out at the 32nd annual TriState(Plus) Conference on Animal Learning and Behavior.

Attending researchers presented on their current studies while keynote speaker Tom Koehnle, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Hiram, highlighted work he and his students have conducted during the past several years on predator threat responses in squirrels.

Amber Chenoweth, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of psychology at Hiram, has presented research at the conference since 2004, earlier as a student and currently as a faculty member.

“This annual regional conference provides a great opportunity, especially for students, to present in a supportive and engaging environment of comparative psychologists and biologists,” she says.

Photo by Jeff Wilson, Marshall Event Photography.