Office location: Upham 203
Phone: (262) 472-5138
BS (Zoology): UW-Madison
MS (Entomology): UW-Madison
PhD (Zoology, under Dr. Charles Snowdon): UW-Madison
My lab studies the social and communicative uses of chemical signals in domestic dogs. Our ongoing studies are identifying the types of socially relevant information communicated through olfactory cues (urine marking, countermarking and anogenital investigation), dogs' perception and use of chemical communication signals, and how dogs may use chemical signals to safely and successfully build social relationships. Undergraduate students in my lab are currently helping to investigate whether dogs have scent-based indicators of social status in their urine, how dogs perceive overmarks (urine marks over another dog's mark), and whether risk/benefit analyses influence dogs' use of anogenital investigation during scial introductions.
Primary courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Introductory Biology 142. Other courses taught: Biological Foundations 120, Introductory Biology 141, Comparative Anatomy 340, Animal Physiology 345.
Lisberg, A.E. and C. T. Snowdon. 2011. Effects of sex, social status and gonadectomy on countermarking by domestic dogs, Canis familiaris. Animal Behaviour 81: 757-764.
Lisberg, A. and C. Snowdon. 2009. The effects of sex, gonadectomy, and status on investigation patterns of unfamiliar conspecific urine in dogs (Canis familiaris). Animal Behaviour 77: 1147-1154.
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