Tanya Shoot

Hi, I am Tanya Shoot.

I am a first year PhD student with Dr. Miller at Wilfrid Laurier University. My interests are how individuals in a group affect group success, how animals are able to change their behaviours due to novel or costly environments, and how theoretical models can further understanding of empirical results.

If I am not at my laptop, or caring for animals, I can be found cycling or running the KW trails.






Research Interests







Research

I received my BSc Honours from the Neuroscience program at the University of Western Ontario, where I worked under the supervision of Dr. David Sherry, with collaboration of Dr. Susan Healy (University of St. Andrews, Scotland). While at Western, I studied how zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) change their nest-building behaviour to different ambient temperature conditions. From there, I earned my MSc with Dr. David Sherry and Dr. Mark Daley, which delved into how computational models can bring insight into avian incubation.

I am currently in my first year of my PhD in Behavioural Cognitive Neuroscience at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Canada. I am supervised by Dr. Noam Miller. For my PhD dissertation, I am creating and empirically testing a model of how individual traits affect group decision-making, using zebra fish, (Danio rerio) and guppies,(Poecilia reticulata) as model organisms.









Outside The Lab











In my spare time

When I step away from computer programming and data analysis, I generally hop on my bicycle or grab a pair of running shoes and hit the trails in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON. I enjoy endurance sports, and have competed in sprint triathlons over the last couple of years, and am currently training for an olympic-distance triathlon in July 2020. I am also an avid knitter.

I am one of the members of the organizing committee, in the newly-unionized Teaching Assistants (TAs) at Wilfrid Laurier University. I was interviewed by both The Cord (Laurier's student newspaper), and CBC as to how unionizing the TAs worked and the impact of being a part of a union holds. I also work occassionaly with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the union Laurier TAs recently joined, on other campaigns, notably aiding the proctors at Queen's University in their goal to unionize.

I am also the chair of the tech support team for the Conference on Comparative Cognition, where I liaise with the executive members, and ensure that the conference goes on smoothly.

My husband Phil, and I are proud pet owners of three parrots, one ball python, 2 rats, and a future guide dog puppy.

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Publications & Conferences









Publications

  • Edwards, S.C., Shoot, T.T., Martin, R.J., Sherry, D.F, & Healy, S.D. (in review.) “Ambient temperature and breeding experience affects nest building in zebra finches”. ADD IN REFERENCE NUMBER

Conferences

  • Shoot, T.T., Martin, R. J., Sherry, D.F. (2017) “The role of temperature on nest structure in zebra finches” Western Student Research Conference (WSRC), London, Ontario, CA. [Talk]
  • Shoot, T.T., Martin, R. J., Sherry, D.F. (2017) “The role of temperature in zebra finch nest building” Comparative Cognition Society (CO3), Melbourne, Florida, USA. [Poster]
  • Shoot, T.T., Martin, R. J., Sherry, D.F. (2017) “Nest building under stress: How temperature affects nest structure in zebra finches” Animal Behaviour Society (ABS), Toronto, Ontario, CA. [Poster]
  • Shoot, T.T., Martin, R. J., Sherry, D.F. (2017) “Role of temperature in zebra finch nest structure and incubation” Biology Graduate Research Forum (BGRF), London, Ontario, CA. [Talk]
  • Shoot, T.T., Edwards, S.C., Martin, R. J., Healy, S.D., Sherry, D.F., & Daley, M.J. (2018) “Analyzing zebra finch incubation with computer algorithms” Western Research Forum (WRF), London, Ontario, CA. [Poster]
  • Shoot, T.T., Edwards, S.C., Martin, R. J., Healy, S.D., Sherry, D.F., & Daley, M.J. (2018) “Analyzing zebra finch incubation with a computer algorithm” Comparative Cognition Society (CO3), Melbourne, Florida, USA. [Talk]
  • Shoot, T.T., Edwards, S.C., Martin, R. J., Healy, S.D., Sherry, D.F., & Daley, M.J. (2018) “Can birds flexibly adapt incubation behaviour in varying environmental conditions?” Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association (SONA), Guelph, Ontario, CA. [Poster]
  • Shoot, T.T., Edwards, S.C., Martin, R. J., Healy, S.D., Sherry, D.F., & Daley, M.J. (2018) “Implication of temperature on incubation behaviour: A hidden Markov Model method” Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE), Guelph, Ontario, CA. [Poster]
  • Shoot, T.T., Edwards, S.C., Martin, R. J., Healy, S.D., Sherry, D.F., & Daley, M.J. (2018) “Zebra finch incubation behaviour depends on ambient temperature and experience: A hidden Markov model approach” International Ornithological Conference (IOC), Vancouver, British Columbia, CA. [Talk]
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