Dr. Eduardo Fernandez

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2-Days Workshop: "The Empirical Trainer: Using Data to Advance Your Training and Welfare Success" 


Die Übersetzung ins Deutsche findet so statt, dass es die englischen Abläufe nicht stört!  


The use of Behavior Analysis within the animal training and welfare community has become commonplace. While the core principles of Behavior Analysis (i.e., a focus on reinforcement contingencies and functional understandings of behavior) are now frequently used for applied animal behavior purposes, the use of data to measure those applications remains virtually untapped. This creates a conundrum for hopeful Applied Animal Behavior Analysts: An increased demand for applying behavioral principles, but with limited opportunity to bring about their empirical, analytical counterparts.


The following workshop focuses on bridging this gap by providing simple yet effective data-taking procedures for a variety of animal training and welfare needs. Specifically, the workshop will focus on


(1) the use of preference assessments to systematically identify potential reinforcers and enrichment objects/procedures,


(2) measurement systems for training projects that allow trainers to directly document their training/shaping progress, and


(3) creating behavioral inventories (e.g., ethograms) that facilitate general welfare improvements. All the above will be discussed via presentations of past and current applied animal behavior research projects, as well as through direct demonstrations of how anyone can collect data, scientist, practitioner, and trainer alike!



This workshop is exclusive and the amount of participants limited! 



In addition ALL Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to work on a data project with Dr. Eduardo Fernandez after the workshop!


Date: October 26th/27th, 2019 from 9.30 a.m - 5 p.m.


Location:   Pfötchenhof Pfalz (Hotel Kastanienhof)


Registration Form E. Fernandez
PP-Anmedung E. Fernandez 27102019.pdf
PDF-Dokument [163.0 KB]

Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez:


Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Most of his past and current work involves conducting research on the behavioral welfare of captive exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. He has worked with close to 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. His past positions include an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at University of Washington, Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with the African and Asian elephants, hippos, Humboldt penguins, grizzly bears, sun bears, sloth bears, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, African wild dogs, meerkats, golden lion tamarins, and ostriches located at the zoo. Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/AnimalReinforcementForum/), which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective.


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