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Overview

  • Jan Tornick is a senior lecturer in the department of psychology. She is interested in the functions and mechanisms of cognition and behavior in animals. Working within an evolutionary and comparative framework, her research examines animals from varied taxonomic groups to understand how factors such as social structure, ecological niche, and neurobiology affect cognition and behavior. Jan earned a B.S. in biology from Ramapo College, and an M.S. in zoology, an M.S.T. in college teaching, and a Ph.D. in psychology (brain, behavior, and cognition) from UNH. In her master's work, she studied nest-guarding behavior in salamanders, and examined how hormones (specifically testosterone) affect maternal aggression. In her dissertation, she examined cognitive abilities like number cognition and inferential reasoning in the Clark's nutcracker, a corvid bird related to crows and jays. Jan also has expertise in in radioimmunoassay, endocrinology, behavioral and developmental studies, animal husbandry, operant conditioning, pitfall trap deployment, animal identification, animal tracking and collection, wildlife rehabilitation, animal rescue and museum specimen preparation. In addition to her current courses, Jan has also taught a wide variety of lab and lecture courses such as human biology, mammalogy, animal behavior, anatomy & physiology, behavioral ecology, and lifespan development. Jan received the COLSA's Excellence in Teaching Award, a Dissertation Year Fellowship, several Summer Teaching Assistantship Fellowships, an Agriculture Experiment Station-Hatch Research Assistantship, a Scholarship for Part-time Students, a COLSA Agriculture Graduate Fellowship and a Frizzell Fund Fellowship.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2016 Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) are sensitive to distance, but not lighting when caching in the presence of a conspecific.Behavioural Processes European Journal of Pharmacology European Journal of Pharmacology - Molecular Pharmacology Section.  123:125-133. 2016
    2015 An investigation of quantity discrimination in Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana).Journal of Comparative Psychology Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology.  129:17-25. 2015
    2014 Development and validation of a non-lethal method for monitoring steroid hormones in plethodontid salamandersHerpetological Review.  45:220-222. 2014
    2013 Tests of inferential reasoning by exclusion in Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana).Animal Cognition.  16:583-597. 2013
    2011 Clark's nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) use gestures to identify the location of hidden food.Animal Cognition.  14:117-125. 2011
    2010 FACTORS AFFECTING AGGRESSION DURING NEST GUARDING IN THE EASTERN RED-BACKED SALAMANDER (PLETHODON CINEREUS)Herpetologica.  66:385-392. 2010
    Cache protection in the Clark's nutcracker

    Teaching Activities

  • Psychobiology Taught course 2019
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2019
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2019
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2019
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2018
  • Behavior Analysis Taught course 2018
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2018
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2018
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2018
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2018
  • AppsOfPsyc/Academic Experience Taught course 2018
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2018
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2017
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2017
  • Behavior Analysis Taught course 2017
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2017
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2017
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2017
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2017
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2016
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2016
  • Behavior Analysis Taught course 2016
  • Introduction to Psychology Taught course 2016
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2016
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2016
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2016
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2016
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2015
  • Introduction to Psychology Taught course 2015
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2015
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2015
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2015
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2015
  • Behavior Analysis Taught course 2014
  • Introduction to Psychology Taught course 2014
  • Psychology of Primates Taught course 2014
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2014
  • Animal Cognition Taught course 2014
  • Behavior Analysis Taught course 2014
  • Psychobiology Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Biology, Ramapo College Nj
  • Certificate College Teaching, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A. Psychology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S. Zoology/Animal Biology, University of New Hampshire
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of New Hampshire
  • Full Name

  • Jan Tornick