Malini Suchak, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant Professor in the undergraduate Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation program and the Anthrozoology graduate program at Canisius College.

Courses taught:

Undergraduate: Introduction to Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition, Animal Welfare

Graduate: The Mental Lives of Animals, Animal Welfare


My research explores social cognition in nonhuman animals and the intersection of sociality and welfare. Specifically, I am interested in better understanding how our companion animals navigate the multi-species social world that they live in.  Currently, most of my work focuses on colony housed cats living in shelters. Developing a better understanding  of how these cats interact with each other and the resources in their environment will help us minimize their stress during their time at the shelter.

Previously, I explored the influence of social relationships on cooperation in chimpanzees and capuchin monkeys as a graduate student at Emory University.

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