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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 currently a PhD student at The Graduate Center, City University of New York in the Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology program under the supervision of Dr. Diana Reiss. 

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. During that time, she also worked as Lab Manager with Dr. Alexandra Horowitz at Barnard College's Dog Cognition Lab. 

In March 2013, her blog, Dog Spies, joined the Scientific American Blog Network. 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. 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. In Fall 2016, she will teach The Dog: Field Course at Hunter College's Animal Behavior and Conservation Masters Program.

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. 

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. @DogSpies 

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