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Allison Howard

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2014

M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2010

B.A., Biology, Appalachian State University, 2004

B.S., Spanish, Appalachian State University, 2004

Research Interests:

My research interests lie at the interface between animal cognition and spatial ecology, particularly regarding how animals conceptualize the space through which they move and how they remember and return to important locations in their environment. I am interested in how landscape variables influence animal movement choices as well as how these variables shape the content of animal spatial memory. Additionally, I am interested in the spatial decisions of humans in situations of environmental change, for example in climate-change-induced migration and evacuation scenarios. I use a variety of observational, experimental, and simulation methods in my work, including GIS, spatial modeling, and remote sensing.

Selected Publications:

Howard, A., Mundry, R. (in press). Processing Geospatial Data in R: A Primer. Spatial Analysis in Field Primatology

Howard, A., (in press). Image Processing and Analysis Methods: Species Distribution Modeling and Remote Sensing. Manual of Remote Sensing, 4th edition. 

Burnside, W. R., Randell, R., Beckman, N. G., Zambrano, J., Howard, A., (2016). RE: A socioenvironmental perspective on international migration. eLetter: Science

Fagan, W. F., Gurarie, E., Bewick, S., Howard, A. M., Cantrell, R. S., & Cosner, C. (2017). Perceptual Ranges, Information Gathering, and Foraging Success in Dynamic Landscapes. The American Naturalist, 189: 474-489.

Howard, A. M., Nibbelink, N., Madden, M., Young, L. A., Bernardes, S., & Fragaszy, D. M. (2015). Landscape influences on the natural and artificially manipulated movements of bearded capuchin monkeys. Animal Behaviour, 106: 59-70. 

Howard, A. M., Nibbelink, N., Bernardes, S., Fragaszy, D. M., & Madden, M. (2015). Remote sensing and habitat mapping for bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus): landscapes for the use of stone tools. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 9: 096020.

Howard, A. M., Fragaszy, D. M. (2014). Multi-step Routes of Capuchin Monkeys in a Laser Pointer Traveling Salesman Task. American Journal of Primatology, 76: 828-841.

Howard, A. M., Fragaszy, D. M. (2013). Applying the bicoded spatial model to nonhuman primates in an arboreal multilayer environment. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36: 552-553.

Howard, A. M., Bernardes, S., Nibbelink, N., Biondi, L., Presotto, A., Fragaszy, D.M. & Madden, M. (2012). A Maximum Entropy Model of the Bearded Capuchin Monkey Habitat in Northeastern Brazil Incorporating Topography and a Spectral Unmixing Analysis of Land Cover. ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 1-2: 7-11.

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Articles Featuring Allison Howard
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 5:21pm

Congratulations to Dr. Allison Howard who was recently awarded a Learning Technologies Grant from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with Dr. Sergio Bernardes and Dr. Marguerite Madden from the UGA Center for Geospatial Research. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 2:47pm

Dr. Allison Howard has received a Learning Technology Grant from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning! The grant will cover a classroom set of virtual reality headsets, two augmented reality headsets, and a computer system to support development of virtual…

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 11:25am

Dr. Allison Howard just received the Office of Sustainability Faculty mini-grant to support her teaching and enhance her classes with virtual reality using two Oculus Go. The Office of Sustainability gives these mini-grants with the objective of enhancing…

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