PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. David Logue

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

Birds Sing Duets.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Event Location: COVID-19 has impacted the way we do everything, including the delivery of our events. The safety of our speakers and guests in attendance is of the utmost importance to us, and for that reason, this talk will be delivered ONLINE via a LIVE ZOOM WEBINAR. Please register for this event at Registration is required as we need to provide you with secure access information prior to the start of the event. All registrants will receive access information before the event. **All who register and attend this event will be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards to the Italian Table.**

In over 1000 species of bird, mated pairs sing “duets”. Avian duets range from simple overlapping songs to beautiful, intricate compositions that are so tightly coordinated they sound like the song of a single individual. Prior to the turn of the century, avian duetting was largely a scientific mystery. Since then, however, researchers have learned a great deal about why birds duet and how they do it (it’s a pun, get it?). In this talk, I will share examples of avian duets and discuss recent discoveries about this fascinating form of animal communication.

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 an undergraduate, 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 did his Ph.D. research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He went broke doing research, moved into his mother’s basement, and searched for any job he could get, eventually landing a postdoctoral fellowship in Lethbridge. Shortly after his arrival, he met an artist named April Matisz.  April and David married and moved to Puerto Rico, where David had served as a professor of Biology for six memorable years.  In the end, David was offered a position at the U of L, and the growing family came home to Southern Alberta. These days, David teaches classes in animal behaviour, animal communication, and decision-making, mentors three wonderful graduate students, and studies how tropical birds communicate with songs.

Organize a watch party and invite people from your circle to watch with you. In the spirit of the PUBlic Professor Series, we encourage you to prepare appetizers and pour yourself a beverage of choice. Better yet, if you are missing the catering as much as we are, you can order online with the Italian Table and pick up some of your favourite dishes! Prime Catering, the Italian Table and the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge have supported our Series for many years, and as such, we are committed to supporting them during the difficult times brought on by COVID-19. As such, we have purchased several Dinner for Two gift cards from the Italian Table. These will be randomly awarded at the end of each talk. You can even use the gift cards to buy appetizers for our next talk in March!! You must be in attendance to win. So register today and mark this date in your calendar!