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Jennifer Campbell-Smith



Jennifer A. Campbell-Smith
Department of Biological Sciences
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000



•PhD, Biological Sciences (EEB), Binghamton University, 2015

Adviser: Anne B. Clark

Dissertation: “Social and Age Related Behavioral Patterns Contributing to Information Transmission Among American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)”

Certificate: Evolutionary Studies, 2009

•BS,  Zoology (with Honors), Colorado State University, 2006

Adviser: Dhruba Naug

Thesis: “The temperature preference of honeybees (Apis mellifera) infected with Nosema apis and its implications on transmission within the hive.”


I am a behavioral ecologist in the Crow Research Group within the Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University.  I’m currently studying the social interactions and transmission of learned behavior in a wild population of American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos).  While interested in birds, I consider myself a naturalist with a particular emphasis in Kingdom Animalia.  During my time as an undergraduate at CSU I was involved with field and lab research, as well as volunteer work that included mountain lions (Puma concolor), honey bees (Apis mellifera), horned lizards (Phrynosoma hernandesi), sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus), gray wolves (Canis lupus), and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis).  My insatiable curiosity is what drove me to science and my love for nature is what keeps me motivated.  My interests outside of behavioral research include illustration, sculpture, photography, horseback riding, falconry, museum prep, and exploring.

Research Interests:

Behavioral Ecology

I’m interested in the unique ways in which animals relate and adapt to their environment and other organisms, using flexible behavior.  My current research focuses on the social transmission of learned, innovative behavior within a population of cooperative breeders (American crows).  While I’m currently investigating the possible routes of transmission, I plan to continue looking at the adaptive advantages of socially transmitted information as I continue my academic career, particularly in the highly intelligent, socially complex corvids.


Campbell J., Kessler B., Mayack C., Naug D.  Behavioral fever in infected honeybees: Parasitic manipulation or coincidental benefits? Parasitology 137, 1487-1491.

Teaching Experience:

Instructor of Record

  • Introduction to Organisms and Populations (BIOL 117), Binghamton University, Summer 2012.
    • Co-taught with Dr. Miranda Kearney

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Ecology Lab (BIOL 373), Binghamton University, Summer 2013, Summer 2014
  • Zoology Lab (BIOL 371), Binghamton University, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
    • Co-Authored Laboratory Manual
  • Animal Behavior Lab (BIOL 375), Binghamton University, Fall 2011.
  • Botany Lab (BIOL 370), Binghamton University, Fall 2010, Fall 2008
  • Macroevolution Lab (BIOL 378), Binghamton University, Fall 2008.
  • Intro Biology Lab (BIOL 117), Binghamton University, Fall 2007.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

  • Herpetology Lab, Colorado State University, Spring 2006.

Talks & Posters:

  • Talk: “Crow Social Networking and the Information Super Compost”
    • 2015 Binghamton University Biology Department Symposium
  • Poster: “Who goes to the mall? The social role of communal foraging areas for American Crows.”  Presented with Andrea Vogel.
    • 2012 Animal Behavior Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM
  • Talk: “Variation in Exploratory Behavior Within Family Groups of American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos).”
    • 2010 Animal Behavior Society Conference, Williamsburg, VA
  • Poster: “Information Transmission in American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos).”
    • 2009 American Ornithologists’ Union Meeting, Philadelphia, PA


Presentations Public Outreach:

Guest Lecturer in Courses

  • ‘Culture in Animals’ for Animal Behavior class at Elmira College, Elmira, NY.  October 2013, hosted by Yvette M. Brown.
  • ‘Ecology and Birds’ for TWS meeting at SUNY ESF, Syracuse, NY.  May 2013.
    • Co-Lectured with Ben Eisenkop.
  • ‘Culture in Animals’ for Animal Behavior class and ‘Working with Wildlife’ for TWS meeting at Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY.  December 2012, hosted by Anne Schnell.
  • ‘Culture in Animals.’ Animal Behavior, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.  October 2009 and 2012, and September 2014.
  • ‘Culture in Animals.’ Cultural Evolutionary Theory, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.  February 2009, 2011, and 2014.
  •  ‘Colubridae ‘Junk’ Group.’ Herpetology Lab, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.  Spring 2006.
  •  ‘Henophidia (Alethinophidia): Boas, Pythons, and Other ‘Primitive’ Snakes.’ Herpetology Lab, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.  Spring 2006.

Public Outreach

  • Migration Celebration: Crows Come, Crows Go.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.  Fall 2014.
  • Spring Field Ornithology: Wings.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.  Spring 2014.
  • Migration Celebration: Stuffed Birds.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY.  Spring 2013.
  • Outdoor Education Class: ‘Snakes.’  Metro Districts of Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch, CO.  Summer 2005.
  • Backyard Wildlife Series Teacher, Discovery Science Center (now Fort Collins Museum of Discovery), Fort Collins, CO.  Summer 2004 and 2005.


Blog: The Corvid Blog



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Funding Awards

•EvoS Pilot Grant, 2009

•Szymanski Travel Award, 2010

•EvoS Small Grant, 2010


Other Awards

•Graduate Student Excellence Award in Teaching

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