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It started when two canine scientists decide to become pen pals in an era of digital media...


Like most New Yorkers, Julie wears a number of hats-- although she only wears metaphorical hats because real ones flatten her hair. Julie is a canine behavioral researcher with Dr. Alexandra Horowitz at Barnard College's Dog Cognition Lab. As a science writer, Julie is a columnist for The Bark magazine covering everything from humping and crotch sniffing to dog daycare and word learning in dogs. 

In 2010, after returning from conducting research with the Family Dog Project in Budapest, Julie returned to NYC and founded Dog Spies with the motto, “What good is all this dog behavior research if it remains holed up in academic journals?” She blogs, lectures and holds programs for the general public, student groups and dog enthusiasts on the science behind dogs and the dog-human relationship. In March 2013, her blog, Dog Spies, joined the Scientific American Blog Network where you can find her covering canine science. She also crafts courses and curricula on, yes, dog behavior and cognition. She spent three wonderful semesters (2012-2014) teaching Applied Animal Behavior to Anthrozoology Masters students at Canisius College.

Julie entered the world of canine science under the tutelage of Dr. Patricia McConnell at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Masters from the University of Edinburgh in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and conducted research on the “guilty look” in dogs with the Family Dog Project in Budapest. She is currently a PhD student at The City University of New York, Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Diana Reiss.

Joining Mia Cobb’s brainchild, Do You Believe in Dog? made more sense than Mia could have foreseen. Julie was always getting in trouble for passing notes, and now she can do it legitimately and internationally. Take that, Mrs. Cooper! 

At the end of the day, she'd really just like to meet your dog.

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