Eduardo J. Fernandez, PhD
Affiliate Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
Guthrie Hall #318
Seattle, WA 98195
Lab Phone: 206.543.5083
I'm an Affliliate Assistant Professor working with Dr. Jim Ha in the Psychology Department at University
of Washington. I also hold a Research Fellow position at the Woodland Park Zoo. I received my doctorate from Indiana University in Psychology
(Biology and Behavior specialization), with minors in Animal Behavior
and Neuroscience. Most of my research involves examining variables related
to the welfare of captive exotic animals, primarily in zoos and aquariums. I've
worked with over 35 species of animals in captive settings, with a focus
on marine animals (polar bears, walruses, hippos and 4 species of penguin), carnivores (mostly ursids and felids), and 6 species of primates. I also consult on data collection procedures for captive breeding/rearing and conservation projects, as well as on the development of environmental enrichment and naturalistic exhibit design.
not working on my research endeavors, I enjoy biking, hiking, bird
watching, rock climbing, camping, documenteries, foreign, animated and independent films,
cooking (mostly Mediterranean food), poker, and playing pool. While rare,
I'm also known to occasionally play my drums, dreaming of my ever-elusive
on the left you'll find various links. I've included links to my current
University of Washington research, two news articles published about my current research at UW and my past zoo
research while at IU, examples of syllabi from courses
I've taught, a sample of posters and handouts from conference presentations,
a list of past, in press, and in progress pubications, my dissertation
prospectus, and my complete dissertation. On the BEAR Group page and on my
CV you'll find more detailed information/links to my past and current
research, publications, awards, and professional experiences. Also included
are links to the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoos, where I conducted most
of my research while at Indiana University, and a link to the Woodland
Park Zoo in Seattle.
Current UW Research:
All of my research is conducted via my Behavioral Enrichment
Animal Research (BEAR) group. Click on the link below to see a list of some of our research projects, as well as other information on my BEAR group:
BEHAVIORAL ENRICHMENT ANIMAL RESEARCH (BEAR) GROUP
Click bellow for an article that was published in the UW Daily (3/30/10) and in the Indiana Daily Student (3/29/07):
Out of the classroom, into the zoo
see zoo wildlife up close:
Lab offers close look at penguins, polar bears, others
Click on the underlined examples below for a link to the syllabus:
The Psychology of Learning (Fall, 2006)
Methods in Experimental Psychology Lab (Spring, 2005)
BEHV2300 - Behavior Principles I (Fall, 2001; Spring, 2002)
BEHV3150 - Basic Behavior Principles (Fall, 2000)
Conference Posters and Presentations:
S. L., Fernandez, E. J., & Timberlake, W. (2006, November). Possible
influences of positive scent stimuli on the behavior of captive polar
bears (Ursus maritimus). Poster presented at the Sigma Xi Student
Research Conference, Detroit, MI.
S. R., Parmer, M. F., Tamborski, M. A., Fernandez, E. J., & Timberlake,
W. (2005, December). The effects of foraging devices as enrichment in
captive walruses (Odobenus rosmarus). Poster presented at the
Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference, Indianapolis,
IN. (poster only covers experiment 1 of a 2 exp. study).
E. J., Kinley, R., & Timberlake, W. (2004, April). Training penguins
to interact with enrichment items for lasting effects. Paper presented
at the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Baltimore, MD.
(this link leads to the handout).
E. J., & Timberlake, W. (2004, May). Fixed-time food schedules and
their effects on activity patterns in two adult polar bears (Ursus
maritimus). Paper presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis
Conference, Boston, MA. (this link leads to the handout).
Fernandez, E.J., & Timberlake, W. (in press). Selecting and testing
environmental enrichment in lemurs. International Journal of Comparative Psychology.
Godinski, A., Fernandez, E.J., and Morrisey, K. (in press). Visitor behaviros and perceptions of jaguar activity. Anthrozoös.
Fernandez, E.J., & Timberlake, W. (2012). The effects of foraging
devices as enrichment in captive walruses
(Odobenus rosmarus). Manuscript submitted for publication.
Fernandez, E.J. (2010). Stereotypies and foraging: Appetitive search behaviors and stereotypies in captive animals. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
E.J., Tamborski, M.A., Pickens, S.R., & Timberlake, W. (2009). Animal-visitor
interactions in the modern zoo: Conflicts and interventions. Applied
Animal Behaviour Science, 120, 1-8.
E.J., & Timberlake, W. (2008). Mutual benefits of animal research
collaborations between zoos and academic institutions. Zoo Biology,
S., Fernandez, E.J., Pagan, S., Richardson, S.L., & Snyder, G. (2008).
Efficacy of a remote-controlled, positive-reinforcement, dog-training
system for modifying problem behaviors exhibited when people arrive
at the door. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 113, 123-138.
Dorey, N.R., & Rosales-Ruiz, J. (2004). A two-choice preference
assessment with five cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus).
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 7, 163-169.
Some Older Magazine Publications:
Back from when I started and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) group, which is still in existence at UNT.
(2001). Click or Treat: A Trick or Two in the Zoo. American Animal Trainer Magazine, 2, 41-44.
(2001). ORCA: A New Kind of Lab. The Clicker Journal, 51, 18-23.
(2000). Introducing ORCA (Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals). American Animal Trainer Magazine, 1, 38-39.
is my dissertation propsectus, which gives a general synopsis of the
2 chapters of my dissertation.
This is my
dissertation, which I published last year as a book (see publication references).