PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. David Logue

Join psychology professor, Dr. David Logue, as he explores

The Science of Birdsong

Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)

Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge
320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, Alberta
Free. Everyone welcome. Space is limited.
Limited light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Livestream: This talk will also be live streamed on YouTube. While we'd love to see you in person, we understand that some may not be able to attend. Please join us on YouTube and use the chat function to have your questions answered. Please note that you will gain access to the YouTube live feed once the speaker takes the stage (between 7-7:15 p.m.).

Birdsong is a window into Nature’s soul, and an enduring mystery to science. How do songbirds make their music? Who are they singing to? And why do they bother? This interactive lecture teaches the foundations of birdsong science through examples, demonstrations, and stories from a career in birdsong research. Once we understand the basics, we’ll get into the weird stuff, like duets, soft song, and the dawn chorus.

Dr. David Logue is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Growing up in the foothills of Northern California, David loved to search for frogs and snakes and dreamed of exploring tropical forests. As a student at UC San Diego, he lucked into a chance to study tropical ecology in the jungles of Costa Rica. It was everything he had hoped it would be. Hooked on the tropics, David arranged a PhD studying duet singing wrens in the Panamanian rainforest. He went broke doing research, moved into his mom’s basement, and eventually landed a postdoc at the U of L. The week after he arrived, he met a mysterious artist named April Matisz. April and David married and moved to Puerto Rico, where David served as a professor of biology for six unforgettable years. When David was offered a position at the U of L, the growing family came back home to Southern Alberta. These days, David teaches classes in animal behaviour, animal communication, and decision-making, mentors a bunch of wonderful graduate students, and (still) studies how tropical birds communicate with songs.

The U of L lifted its general mask mandate on May 6, 2022. Masks continue to be available, and the community is encouraged to make use of them to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our indoor environments. The University is a mask friendly environment, and individual decisions to wear a mask or not should be respected. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at each event. If you feel under the weather, please watch the live broadcast from the comfort of your home.

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