Jan K. Tornick

Phone: (603) 862-1619
Office: Psychology, McConnell Hall Rm 450, Durham, NH 03824
Jan Tornick


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Zoology/Animal Biology, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Biology, Ramapo College Nj
  • Certificate, College Teaching, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Animal Behavior/Ethology
  • Animal Communication
  • Animal Ecology
  • Animal Model
  • Animal Welfare
  • Behavioral Biology
  • Behavioral/Experimental Psychology
  • Biological bases of behavior
  • Biology
  • Comparative/Animal Psychology
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psychobiology
  • Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 401: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 512: Psychology of Primates
  • PSYC 521: Behavior Analysis
  • PSYC 531: Psychobiology
  • PSYC 595: AppsOfPsyc/Academic Experience
  • PSYC 720: Animal Cognition

Selected Publications

Tornick, J. K., Rushia, S. N., & Gibson, B. M. (2016). Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) are sensitive to distance, but not lighting when caching in the presence of a conspecific. Behavioural Processes, 123, 125-133. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2015.10.023

Tornick, J. K., Callahan, E. S., & Gibson, B. M. (2015). An investigation of quantity discrimination in Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana).. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 129(1), 17-25. doi:10.1037/a0037863

Tornick, J. K., & Berlinsky, D. L. (2014). Development and validation of a non-lethal method for monitoring steroid hormones in plethodontid salamanders. Herpetological Review, 45(2), 220-222.

Tornick, J. K., & Gibson, B. M. (2013). Tests of inferential reasoning by exclusion in Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana). Animal Cognition, 16(4), 583-597. doi:10.1007/s10071-013-0595-1

Tornick, J. K., Gibson, B. M., Kispert, D., & Wilkinson, M. (2011). Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) use gestures to identify the location of hidden food. Animal Cognition, 14(1), 117-125. doi:10.1007/s10071-010-0349-2

Tornick, J. K. (2010). Factors Affecting Aggression during Nest Guarding in the Eastern Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus). Herpetologica, 66(4), 385-392. doi:10.1655/09-037a.1

Tornick, J. K. (n.d.). Cache protection in the Clark's nutcracker.

Most Cited Publications