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Danielle Baron College Research Facilitator

2D04 - Agriculture Building


Danielle is the strategic research initiatives facilitator for the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. Her role is to promote, advance, and support the research enterprise of the College through engagement and facilitation of large strategic and collaborative grants, Tri-Agency partnership and individual faculty applications, industry and producer contracts, and day-to-day research operations. She assists with the development and maintenance of college partnerships, works with and recommends changes to strategic policy or research process, aids in the college research communications, and assists new faculty with research program funding opportunities. Danielle maintains close ties with the Tri-Agency funders and is responsible for communicating program updates to the faculty and staff of the college.

Danielle liaises on behalf of faculty with the Research Service and Ethics office (RSEO) and Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) to ensure project applications and grants are submitted on time and have a high chance of success. She oversees the Graduate Programs Office in the college and also provides support to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies.


College Administration


M.Sc., Behavioural Neuroscience and Comparative Cognition, University of Alberta, 2012

B.A. Honours, Biopsychology, University of Saskatchewan, 2009


Guillette LM, Baron DM, Sturdy CB, Spetch, ML (2016) Fast- and slow-exploring pigeons differ in how they use previously learned rules. Behavioural Processes. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.07.006

Baron DM, Ramirez AJ, Bulitko V, Madan CR, Greiner A, Hurd PL, Spetch ML (2015) Practice makes proficient: Pigeons (Columba livia) learn efficient routes on full-circuit open-4 field traveling salesperson problems. Animal Cognition 18:53. doi:10.1007/s10071-014-0776-6

Lubyk DM, Spetch ML, Zhou R, Pisklak J, Mou W (2013) Reorientation in a diamond-shaped environment: Encoding of features and angles in enclosures versus arrays in adult humans and pigeons (Columba livia)Animal Cognition 16(4):565-581. doi:10.1007/s10071-012-0594-7 

Lubyk DM, Dupuis B, Gutiérrez L, Spetch ML (2012) Geometric orientation by humans: angles weigh in. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 19:436-442. doi:10.3758/s13423-012-0232-z

Lubyk DM, Spetch ML (2012) Finding the best angle: pigeons (Columba livia) weight angular information more heavily than relative wall length in an open-field geometry task. Animal Cognition 15:305-312doi: 10.1007/s10071-011-0454-x

Lubyk DM (2012) The role of geometric and non-geometric environmental cues in reorientation: Pigeons’ and humans’ use of relative wall lengths, angular information, and features. Master of Science thesis, University of Alberta. doi:10.7939/R3335Q

Selected Awards

Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence – Master’s Thesis, 2013 

University of Alberta Tolman Teaching Award, 2012