• bashaw, meredith
Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair of Psychology



Office: LSP131


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003 (Experimental Psychology, Minor in Biology)

M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000 (Psychology)

B.S., Duke University, 1997 (Biology and Religion)


I am interested in animal behavior, particularly animal social relationships and captive animal welfare.  My research revolves around four central questions:

·       How is social behavior related to the environment in which an animal lives and its reproductive state?

·       Can we use comparisons among animal populations or species to find out how social systems evolved and how flexible   they are?

·       How much does an animal’s behavior and physiology depend on its current or past environment? 

·       Can we use environmental changes to improve the welfare of captive animals?  Does psychological theory provide         insights into which changes will be most effective? 

In an attempt to answer these questions, I link non-invasive hormone analysis and behavioral observation to examine the interactions of reproductive and stress-related physiological systems with animal activity budgets and social interactions.  I study animals housed at F&M and I also partner with local zoos to gain access to species that cannot be housed in the laboratory.


Bashaw, M.J. (in press). Consistency of captive giraffe behavior under two different management regimes.  Zoo Biology.

Reisberg, S.E., Grove, J., & Bashaw, M.J. (in press). Environmental enrichment for North American river otters.  Animal Keeper’s Forum.

Maple, T.L. & Bashaw, M.J. (2010). Trends in zoo research.  In: D.G. Kleiman, K.V. Thompson, & C.K. Baer (Eds.), Wild Mammals in Captivity (2nd ed., pp. 288-298). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Bashaw, M.J., Gullott, R.L., & Gill, E.C. (2010). What defines successful integration into a social group for hand-reared chimpanzee infants?  Primates, 51, 139-147.  doi: 10.1007/s10329-009-0176-8.

Bashaw, M.J., Bloomsmith, M.A., Maple, T.L., & Bercovitch, F.B.  (2007). The structure of social relationships among captive female giraffe.  Journal of Comparative Psychology, 121, 46-53.

Tarou, L.R. & Bashaw, M.J. (2007).  Maximizing the effectiveness of environmental enrichment: Lessons from the experimental analysis of behavior.  Applied Animal Behavior Science, 102, 189-204.

Bercovitch, F.B., Bashaw, M.J., & del Castillo, S.M. (2006).  Sociosexual behavior, male mating tactics, and the reproductive cycle of giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis. Hormones & Behavior, 50, 314-321.