Trans-species psychologist to lecture at SOU on animals’ personal lives

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s “Shapes of Curiosity” lecture series will take a walk on the wild side when trans-species psychologist G.A. Bradshaw discusses “The World Through the Eyes of Our Carnivore Kin” on Thursday evening, May 11, at the Hannon Library.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the library’s Meese Room (room 305).
Bradshaw will offer glimpses behind the scenes in the lives of creatures often considered fearsome: grizzly bears, cougars, orcas, rattlesnakes and others. Her discovery of post-traumatic stress disorder in free-living elephants launched the field of trans-species psychology.
Bradshaw is the founder and executive director of the Kerulos Center in Jacksonville – a nonprofit organization made up of faculty members and professional advisors from various disciplines who work from around the world to improve animals’ lives through understanding and service. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in psychology at SOU.
She holds doctoral degrees in forest ecology from Oregon State University and in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She earned a master’s degree in geophysics from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics (Chinese) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Bradshaw has published, taught and lectured internationally in both of her doctoral fields. Her work focuses on the psychological well-being of animals and multi-species cultures, and she has researched the effects of violence and trauma recovery on elephants, grizzly bears, chimpanzees, parrots and other species in captivity.
She is the author of “Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity,” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in academic journals such as Nature and American Scientist, and in popular magazines such as Time, Forbes and National Geographic.
The presentation is part of this year’s SOU campus theme, Shapes of Curiosity. The lecture series creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to engage in intellectually stimulating conversations. For information about the Shapes of Curiosity, contact SOU foreign language professor Dan Morris (, who is co-director of the campus theme program.
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