Past Members



  • Peter Veto
    Peter Veto (August 2015 – August 2016): Peter is a PhD student who came from Marburg, Germany, and went to Chemnitz, Germany. In between, he spent a year in the BioMotion Lab. Peter is involved with the International Graduate School “The Brain in Action”. Like Seamas Weech and Fabian Helm, he has two supervisors – one in Germany and one in Canada.
  • Leslie M. Theunissen
    Postdoctoral fellow, investigated the sensory control and the functional role of movements in birds and in humans using motion capture techniques and real-time virtual realities.
  • Tom Lisney
    Postdoctoral fellow, worked on the sensory control of head-bobbing and walking in pigeons. (2013-2014)
  • Madelaine Baetz-Dougan
    Completed BSc Hons. in Biology and Psychology. Madelaine wrote an undergraduate thesis in the lab concerning decision-making under risk in pigeons. Also worked in the lab as an NSERC summer student award recipient. (2013-2014)
  • Susan Tian
    BSc Hons. in Psychology. Worked on the visual perception of ambiguous stimuli as a research assistant and thesis student. (2013-2014)
  • Amin Nikdel
    Biomedical Computing student. Worked in the BML as a developer / research assistant. (2013)
  • Morgann Reid
    Lab manager. (2013)
  • Meghan Collett
    M.Sc. in Psychology. Co-supervised by Niko Troje and Lola Cuddy. (2011-2013)
  • Andres Kroker
    M.Sc. in Biology. Interested in sensory-motor control of posture and locomotion in pigeons. (2011-2013)
  • Yaroslav Konar
    Postdoctoral researcher, worked on applying biological motion perception tests to new populations (e.g., autistic individuals, children, older adults). (2011-2013)
  • Adam Heenan
    Adam Heenan completed his PhD dissertation at the BioMotion Lab. He researched perceptual biases with a clinical focus. He since worked as a clinical psychology resident in The Ottawa Hospital. (2010-2014)
  • Stephen Scovil
    Lab Technician. (2007-2013)
  • Kevin Birk
    NSERC Summer student working in 3D graphics and researching optic flow algorithms.
    Stayed in the lab to complete an undergraduate research project. (2013)
  • Daniel Chambers
    Worked on an undergraduate honours thesis examining the facing-the-viewer
    bias in point light walkers and silhouettes. (2013)
  • Alexandra Wall
    Undergraduate honours thesis student looking at mirror image
    discrimination and biological motion in pigeons. (2013)
  • Giles Holland
    Research Associate.
  • Kate Bobyn
    Honours Thesis (2012). Studied visual-vestibular integration in avian locomotion.
  • Daniel Warner
    Honours Thesis (2012)
  • Katherine Moir
    Honours Thesis (2012)
  • Brenna Douglas
    Graduate student in Computing. Studied motion and facial perception. (2010-2011)
  • Daniel Saunders
    Daniel worked in the biomotionlab from 2005 until 2011. A graduate
    student in the BBCS program he first finished his MSc degree and later
    his PhD degree. His work was concerned with the studies aiming to break
    the complex phenomenology of biological motion perception down into its
    constituting components. Dr. Saunders now works as post-doctoral fellow
    at the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School.
  • Masahiro Hirai
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciene (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad (2009 to 2011). Interested in the neural mechanisms underlying the perception of biological motion.
  • Emma Ware
    Graduate student. Received PhD in 2011. Emma had studied the dynamics of pigeon courtship behaviour as a means to understand the role of the partner’s responsiveness to ones own behaviour.
  • Morgan Davies
    Honours Thesis (2011)
  • Stephanie Lau
    Honours Thesis (2011)
  • Dorita Chang
    Graduate Student (2006 – 2010). Dorita worked on characterizing the local invariants which convey direction and animacy in biological motion. She is now a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow with Andrew Welchman and Zoe Kourtzi at the University of Birmingham, UK. Will Jenden Summer Student (2010). Will helped us to design, and then construct hardware and software for a virtual reality setup that we will be using to study visual behaviour in pigeons.
  • Peter Hamilton
    NSERC Summer Student (2010) was involved in a number of different
    programming projects. Particularly, he laid the groundwork for a
    facebook application featuring tools to generate new point light
  • Matt McAdam
    Honours Thesis: “Predictors of Perceptual Biases and Perceptual Stability in Rotating Depth-Ambiguous Figures” (2009-2010).
  • Irina Skvortsova
    Lab Manager/CG Artist (2008-2009).
  • Minyan Wang
    Summer student (2009).
  • Carolyn Lamb
    NSERC Summer Studen (2009).
  • Qian Xiao
    Postdoctoral Fellow studying the neuronal properties and circuits underlying the visual information procession, especially the 3D motion perception in pigeons (2008-2009).
  • David Williamson
    Honours Thesis: “Task Differentiated Eye Movements in Response to Point
    Light Walkers” (2008-2009).
  • Sara Caird
    NSERC summer student, training pigeons for Skinner box experiments (2008).
  • Shawn Leclair
    Lab Manager (2007-2008).
  • Anna Halevina
    Masters Thesis: “Sex classification of point-light walkers: Viewpoint,
    structure, kinematics” (2005-2007).
  • Ameya Mhatre
    Lab Manager (2006-2007).
  • Meghan Provost
    PhD Thesis: “Differences in gait across the menstrual cycle” (2005-2007).
  • Adriana Olmos
    Postdoctoral fellow and Lab Manager (2005-2006).
  • Paul Parsons
    NSERC summer student, programming work towards social virtual reality (2006).
  • Shilpa Mody
    Summer student (2006).
  • Sandra Szabo
    Honours Thesis (2005-2006).
  • Jessica Chan
    Honours Thesis (2005-2006).
  • Cord Westhoff
    PhD Thesis: “Person identification from biological motion” (2002-2005).
    He is now a manager at Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Laura Jimenez-Ortega
    PhD Thesis: “Head-bobbing in pigeons” (2002-2005). She is now faculty at Universidad
    Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • Thomas Nathaniel
    PhD Thesis: Motor control in pigeons (2003-2005).
  • Daniel Jokisch
    Did a Masters Thesis and later his PhD Thesis in the BioMotionLab at
    Ruhr-University in Bochum. He then moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the
    F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen. He is now
    back at Ruhr-University (1999-2004).
  • Tobias Otto
    Lab technician both at Ruhr University and Queen’s University (2002-2005). He is now
    working as a research technician at another lab at Ruhr-University.
  • Patrick Vollmar
    Masters Thesis: “Effects of induced emotion on human gait patterns” (2004-2005).
    Currently a doctoral student in Physiology at Ruhr University, Bochum.
  • Andrej König
    Masters Thesis: “Sex-specific development of locomotion patterns in
    children and adolescents” (2002-2003). He is now a doctoral student at
    Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • Zonghua Zhang
    Postdoctoral fellow (2003 – 2004). He is currently a Research Associate
    at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt
    University, Riccarton, Edinburgh.