News

October 5, 2017
Congratulations to the Riters’ Lab on a new publication:

Riters, L.V., Spool, J.A., Merullo, D.P. & Hahn, A.H. (in press 5 Oct 2017). Song practice as a rewarding form of play in songbirds. To appear in Behavioural Processes [Invited].

May 10, 2017
Congratulations to Erin Scully and the SNL on a new publication:

Scully, E.N., Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., McMillan, N., Congdon, J.V., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 10 May 2017) ZENK expression following conspecific and heterospecific playback in the zebra finch auditory forebrain. To appear in: Behavioural Brain Research.

 
March 30, 2017
One first-authored and two co-authored papers accepted for publication!

Hahn, A.H., Campbell, K.A., Congdon, J.V., Hoang, J., McMillan, N., Scully, E.N., Yong, J.J.H., Elie, J.E., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 30 March 2017). Discrimination of acoustically similar conspecific and heterospecific vocalizations by black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). Animal Cognition.

 
McMillan, N., Hahn, A.H., Congdon, J.V., Campbell, K.A., Hoang, J., Scully, E.N., Spetch, M.L., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 30 March 2017). Chickadees discriminate contingency reversals presented consistently, but not frequently. Animal Cognition  
Mercado, E. III, Wisniewski, M.G., McIntosh, B., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 30 March 2017). Chickadee songs provide hidden cues to singers’ locations. Animal Behavior and Cognition.  
February 24, 2017
I gave a talk entitled “Perceptual and reward mechanisms associated with communication in songbirds”  in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
This invited seminar was a part of the NSF ADVANCE Postdoctoral Seminar Program.
January 19, 2017
Congratulations on a new publication!

Hahn, A.H., Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Otter, K.A., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 19 January 2017). Discrimination of male black-capped chickadee songs: Relationship between acoustic preference and performance accuracy. To appear in Animal Behaviour.

 
January 17, 2017
Congratulations on a new publication!

Hahn, A.H., Merullo, D.P., Spool, J.A., Angyal, C.S., Stevenson, S.A., & Riters, L.V. (in press 17 January 2017). Song-associated reward correlates with endocannabinoid-related gene expression in male European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). To appear in Neuroscience.

 
December 12, 2016
Congratulations on a new publication!

Hahn, A.H., Congdon, J.V., Campbell, K.A., Scully, E.N., McMillan, N., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 12 December 2016). Mechanisms of communication and cognition in chickadees: Explaining nature in the lab and field. To appear in Advances in the Study of Behavior.

 
November 9, 2016
I led a career exploration activity for Expanding Your Horizons, a program held at UW-Madison aimed at getting middle school girls interested in careers in science.
October 12, 2016
Congratulations to Chris Sturdy and the SNL on a new publication:

Sturdy, C. B., Campbell, K. A., Congdon, J. V., Hahn, A. H., McMillan, N., & Scully, E. N. (in press 12 October 2016). Moving from perceptual to functional categories in songbirds. International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

 
September 17, 2016
Congratulations to Jenna Congdon and collaborators on a new publication:
Congdon, J.V., Hahn, A.H., McMillan, N., Avey, M.T., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 17 September 2016) Chickadee behavioural response to varying threat levels of predator and conspecific calls. Special Issue for the International Journal of Comparative Psychology
 
September 1, 2016
I am now supported by a Michael Guyer Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
August 15, 2016
Congratulations to Kim Campbell and collaborators on a new publication:
Campbell, K.A., Hahn, A.H., Congdon, J.V., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 15 August 2016). Sex differences in black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) chick-a-dee calls. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
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January 5, 2016
My research from the Songbird Neuroethology lab is in the news! Check it out on the Faculty of Science webpage.  
November 3, 2015
Chris Sturdy and I have a “Lay Language” paper featured on the Acoustical Society of America’s Press Room: “Seemingly simple songs: Black-capped chickadee song revisited.”
You can find the full article here.
 
October 22, 2015
Congratulations to the SNL on a new publication:
Hahn, A.H., Hoeschele, M., Guillette, L.M., Hoang, J., McMillan, N., Congdon, J.V., Campbell, K.A., Mennill, D.J., Otter, K.A., Grava, T., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 22 October 2015). Black-capped chickadees categorize songs based on features that vary geographically. To appear in Animal Behaviour.
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August 31, 2015
I won the Graduate Research Award from the Department of Psychology for the best publication by a graduate student for my publication: “Biological salience influences performance and acoustic mechanisms for the discrimination of male and female songs” in Animal Behaviour.  
April 17, 2015
I won the Ron Weisman Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 22nd Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition for my presentation entitled Neural response to conspecific call notes varies with experience in chickadees.  
April 15, 2015
I was awarded an Andrew Steward Memorial Graduate Prize by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta. This award is given to 20 full-time doctoral students in direct recognition of excellence in research.  
March 11, 2015
Congratulations to the SNL on a new publication:
Hahn, A.H., Guillette, L.M., Lee, D., McMillan, N., Hoang, J., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 11 March 2015). Experience affects immediate early gene expression in response to conspecific call notes in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus). To appear in Behavioural Brain Research.
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February 27, 2015
Congratulations to the SNL on a new publication:
Hahn, A.H., Hoang, J., McMillan, N., Campbell, K., Congdon, J., & Sturdy, C.B. (in press 27 February 2015). Biological salience influences performance and acoustic mechanisms for the discrimination of male and female songs. To appear in Animal Behaviour.
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February 8, 2015
Congratulations to Neil McMillan and collaborators on a new publication:
McMillan, N., Hahn, A.H., Spetch, M.L., & Sturdy, C.B (in press 8 February 2015). Avian cognition: Examples of sophisticated capabilities in space and song. To appear in WIRES Cognitive Science.
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February 6, 2015
I was awarded a Martha Piper Award from the Graduate Student Association at the University of Alberta.
October 30, 2014
I was awarded a J Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award for travel expenses to attend Neuroscience 2014.
October 15, 2014
Congratulations! Dr. Christopher Sturdy and I have a new publication in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Veinot’s lab in the Department of Chemistry:
Zhai, Y., Dasog, M., Snitynsky, R.B., Purkait, T.K., Aghajamali, M., Hahn, A.H., Sturdy, C.B., Lowary, T.L., & Veinot, J.G.C. Water-soluble photoluminescent D-mannose and L-alanine functionalized silicon nanocrystals and their application to cancer cell imaging. To appear in Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
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September 16, 2014
I was awarded a Society for Neuroscience Graduate Student Travel Award for my upcoming presentation at Neuroscience in Washington, DC. I will present my poster at a Travel Awards Poster Session from 6:30-8:30 pm on Saturday, November 15, 2014. I will also present my poster on Monday, November 17 in the “Vocal Communication in Songbirds” session.
July 07, 2014
Congratulations to Lauren Guillette and collaborators on a new publication:
Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., Hoeschele, M., Przyslupski, A.-M., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 7 July 2014). Evidence for speed-accuracy trade-offs in cognition and personality in black-capped chickadees. To appear in Animal Cognition.
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April 28, 2014
Congratulations to Marisa Hoeschele and collaborators on a new publication:
Hoeschele, M., Cook, R.G., Guillette, L.M., Hahn, A.H., & Sturdy, C.B. (In press 28 April). Timbre influences chord discrimination in black-capped chickadees but not humans. To appear in Journal of Comparative Psychology.
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March 28, 2014
I won the Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3) for my talk entitled: Perception of male and female song by black-capped chickadees.
March 19, 2014
I was awarded a Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta.
February 12, 2014
I was awarded a Graduate Student Research Assistant Award from the Graduate Student Association at the University of Alberta.
February 10, 2014
I will presenting at the Department of Biological Sciences weekly Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series this Friday, February 14, 2014.
December 29, 2013
The 21st Annual  International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3) will be held March 26-29, 2014 in Melbourne Beach, FL. This will be my fourth consecutive year presenting at CO3.
November 6, 2013
I will be attending Neuroscience 2013 in San Diego, CA. I will be presenting my poster, “Black-capped chickadee fee-bee song: Immediate early gene expression, song production, and song perception in males and females” during poster session 869: “Neuroethology: Sex and Seasonal Differences” on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 1-5:00pm.
July 4, 2013
I will be highlighting some of the research conducted in the Songbird Neuroethology Lab at the annual open house at the Biogeoscience Institute in Kananaskis Country. The open house will take place on
Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 10am to 4pm and is open to the public. More information can be found on their website.
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July 3, 2013
Two WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology) summer research students started in the Songbird Neuroethology Lab. The WISEST summer research program runs until August 14.
This will be the second consecutive year that we will have two summer WISEST students. 
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June 22, 2013
New publication from the SNL and collaborators:Hahn, A.H., Guillette, L.M., Hoeschele, M., Mennill, D.J., Otter, K.A., Grava, T., Ratcliffe, L.M., & Sturdy, C.B. (2013). Dominance and geographic information contained within black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) song.  Behaviour, 150, 1601-1622. doi: 10.1163/1568539X-00003111  June 22 Behaviour
June 14, 2013
I won an award in the Animal Bioacoustics student competition for my talk: Categories, concepts, and calls: Auditory perceptual mechanisms and cognitive abilities across different types of birds, presented at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  ICA 2013 Montreal
May 29, 2013
I won a Teaching Assistantship Award and Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology.
May 11, 2013
New publication from the SNL:

Hahn, A.H., Krysler, A., & Sturdy, C.B. (2013). Female song in black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus): Acoustic song features that contain individual identity information and sex differences. Behavioural Processes98, 98-105. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031
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