Dr. Rita Anderson (Psychology)
Dr. Joseph Brown (OSC/Biology) - Co-Chair
Dr. John Gow (Biology)
Dr. Edward Miller (Biology)
Dr. William Montevecchi (Psychology)
Dr. Anne Storey (Psychology) - Co-Chair
Dr. Ian Warkentin or Dr. David Brombeck (SWGC)
Two Graduate Students from the Program

a) The Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program is interdisciplinary and designed to train students in research that integrates cognitive and behavioural studies at the ecological level. Molecular, developmental and evolutionary aspects of cognition and behaviour are also studies. Supervisors include faculty from the Departments of Biology, Psychology, and the Ocean Sciences Centre, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Environmental Science Program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, as well as adjunct faculty from the Canadian Wildlife Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry and Wildlife Divisions and Parks Canada. The Departments of Biology and Psychology jointly offer the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology.

b) The Administrative Committee is responsible for the Program. Committee members are appointed by the Dean of Science, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Committee and of the Heads of Biology and Psychology. The Committee Chair is elected by the committee members and appointed by the Dean of Science. The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies concerning admissions and academic requirements. In consultation with supervisors, recommendations are made concerning course programs, financial support, thesis committees, comprehensive and thesis topics and examiners, students’ annual progress. Upon program completion, the Committee certifies that all requirements for the appropriate degree have been met. The department of the supervisor ensures that adequate facilities are provided for each candidate. Students in the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program are considered for teaching assistantships in the Psychology or Biology Departments.


1. Students normally take four courses (12 credit hours) in the first year. Students will be required to take Quantitative Methods in Biology (BIOL 7220) or Advanced Statistics in Psychology (6000) unless they have already passed an equivalent graduate or Honours course, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology (BIOP 6351), Field Course in Animal Behaviour (BIOP 7000) and one elective, in consultation with the Supervisor.

2. Upon completion but before submission of the thesis, the student is required to give a formal thesis presentation.
3. The student will be required to comply with all other regulations governing the graduate degree of Master of Science.

Psychology (PSYC) 6000. Advanced Statistics in Psychology
Biology (BIOL) 7220. Quantitative Methods in Biology
Biopsychology (BIOP) 6351. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology
Biopsychology (BIOP) 7000. Field and Lab Methods in Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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