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Dr. Eduardo Fernandez Bio
Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Most of his past and current work involves conducting research on the behavioral welfare of captive exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. He has worked with close to 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. His past positions include an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at University of Washington, Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioural Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with the African and Asian elephants, hippos, Humboldt penguins, grizzly bears, sun bears, sloth bears, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, African wild dogs, meerkats, golden lion tamarins, and ostriches located at the zoo. Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former list serve and now Facebook group which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective.
- CLICK HERE to see the BEAR (Behavioural Enrichment & Animal Research) group on Facebook
- CLICK HERE to see the ARF Animal Reinforcement Forum group on Facebook
- CLICK HERE to see Eduardo’s profile on research gate
- CLICK HERE to see information about Eduardo’s upcoming workshops in Germany
- CLICK HERE to see the abstract for Eduardo’s paper – What is the Zoo Experience? How Zoos Impact a Visitor’s Behaviors, Perceptions, and Conservation Efforts
Examples of data sheets
- CLICK HERE to learn how to develop an ethogram
- CLICK HERE to see an example of an ethogram data sheet
- CLICK HERE to see an example of general data sheet
- CLICK HERE to see an example of a preference data sheet
Sanndra Poppema says
Thank you Eduardo and Ryan for this podcast. I am a (R+) horse trainer focused on teaching horse people to R+ train their horses and I really agree on getting the data. I liked you data sheets and got a lot of value out of listening.
My appreciation of the value of clearly defining the start, every “approximation”, and end of a trial (for me the “trial” is training session.
Thank you ?
Melanie Weaver says
Hello Eduardo. I’m a master’s student at FIT in PBA and am working on my capstone project. I’m looking at preference assessment and reinforcer effectiveness with my cat. Dr. Neff gave me your name.
Just wanted to say hi!