American Crow Behavior and Communication

Posted 1 year ago by Doug Wacker

School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
Primary PI Name : Doug Wacker
Email : dwacker@uw.edu
Phone : 425-352-3723
Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/biological-sciences/faculty/biology/dwacker
Research Location : Location Varies
Project Goals : My lab studies the social behavior of free-living birds. The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) is an intelligent bird that uses complex vocalizations and behaviors to communicate. An ongoing project involves assessing how crow vocal and non-vocal behavior changes across behavioral context. This project requires traveling to various sites around Western Washington to record crow vocalizations and behaviors, and analyzing those behaviors with audio and video analysis software to search for context-dependent patterns. Students will be engaged in all aspects of the research process, from background research and hypothesis/prediction formulation to experimental design and methods troubleshooting to data collection, analysis, and presentation.
Student Qualifications : Ability to travel within the greater Seattle area and willingness to work in the field
Student Outcomes : Training in experimental design, field biology techniques and data analysis, and a presentation of findings in a written (poster) or oral report.
Time Frame : 6 months to one year; 6-15 hours available per week.

  • School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
  • Primary PI Name : Doug Wacker
  • Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : dwacker@uw.edu
  • Phone : 425-352-3723
  • Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/biological-sciences/faculty/biology/dwacker
  • Research Location : Location Varies
  • Project Goals : My lab studies the social behavior of free-living birds.  The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) is an intelligent bird that uses complex vocalizations and behaviors to communicate. An ongoing project involves assessing how crow vocal and non-vocal behavior changes across behavioral context.  This project requires traveling to various sites around Western Washington to record crow vocalizations and behaviors, and analyzing those behaviors with audio and video analysis software to search for context-dependent patterns. 
  • Student Qualifications : Ability to travel within the greater Seattle area and willingness to work in the field
  • Student Outcomes : Training in experimental design, field biology techniques and data analysis, and a presentation of findings in a written (poster) or oral report. Students will be engaged in all aspects of the research process, from background research and hypothesis/prediction formulation to experimental design and methods troubleshooting to data collection, analysis, and presentation.
  • Number of Student Positions Available : 2
  • Time Frame : 6 months to one year; 6-15 hours available per week.