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ESP Biography



REBECCA SHI, Stanford PhD student in Neurosciences




Major: Neurosciences

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Neuroscience is cool, but so is helping others appreciate the natural world!



Past Classes

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L7035: Bird Basics in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! You will also learn how to use a field guide to help you identify a bird. After an indoor introduction to bird identification, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world. By the end of this class: Students should be able to describe the steps one would take to identify an unknown bird in the field. Given an unknown bird and its family, students should be able to use a field guide to narrow down the ID to a few very similar species. Students should be able to list a variety of characteristics one can use to identify birds Students should be able to recognize the most common birds on Stanford campus.


B7068: Bird Senses: Vision and Hearing in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
How similar are bird senses to human senses? What adaptations give falcons such acute vision? How can owls pinpoint prey using only their hearing? How do we even know the answers to these questions? In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on vision and hearing. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds! By the end of this class, students should be able to… Appreciate the challenges in answering questions about the sensory perception of other species Describe methods we can use to investigate sensory perception of other species Propose and interpret experimental approaches to answering questions about the sensory perception of other species


B6621: Bird Senses: Vision and Hearing (10-12) in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
How similar are bird senses to human senses? What adaptations give falcons such acute vision? How can owls pinpoint prey using only their hearing? How do we even know the answers to these questions? In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on vision and hearing. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds!


L6653: Bird Basics in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! You will also learn how to use a field guide to help you identify a bird. After an indoor introduction to bird identification, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


B6258: Bird Senses: Vision and Hearing in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
How similar are bird senses to human senses? What adaptations give falcons such acute vision? How can owls pinpoint prey using only their hearing (and how do we even know they're using hearing to do so)? Can birds use echolocation? In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on vision and hearing. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds!


L6259: Bird Basics in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! You will also learn how to use a field guide to help you identify a bird. After an indoor introduction to bird identification, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


L5940: Bird Basics in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! You will also learn how to use a field guide to help you identify a bird. After an indoor introduction to bird identification, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


L5525: Bird Basics in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
Have you ever seen a brightly colored bird in your backyard or a raptor flying overhead, and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! After an introduction to IDing birds, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


L5188: Bird Basics in Splash Fall 2016 (Dec. 03 - 04, 2016)
Have you ever seen a cool bird outside and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! After an introduction to IDing birds, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world.


B4764: Bird Senses: Vision in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
How similar are bird senses to human senses? What adaptations give falcons such acute vision? Is a white cockatoo actually colorless? In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on bird vision. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds! (If you're interested in learning more about birds, check out "Bird Senses: Hearing" and "Bird Basics" for more bird classes!)


B4794: Bird Senses: Hearing in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
How similar are bird senses to human senses? How does an owl localize its prey in complete darkness? Can birds use echolocation? Can a bird's hearing change with the seasons? In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on bird hearing. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds! (If you're interested in learning more about birds, check out "Bird Senses: Vision" and "Bird Basics" for more bird classes!)


H4795: Bird Basics in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Have you ever seen a cool bird outside and wondered what it was? Come learn a few basics of birdwatching and how to identify backyard and other common birds! After an introduction to IDing birds, we will head outside to search for the common birds around Stanford. Designed for students who have no experience with identifying birds, but an enthusiasm to learn about the natural world. For students also interested in how birds perceive the world, please see the Bird Senses listings :)


B4478: Bird Senses: Vision and Hearing in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
How similar are bird senses to human senses? What adaptations give falcons such acute vision? How can owls pinpoint prey using only their hearing (and how do we even know they're using hearing to do so)? Can birds use echolocation? In this class, we'll try to understand the world from a bird's point of view, with a focus on vision and hearing. We'll study the structures of bird sensory organs and explore the experiments that led to our current understanding of bird perception. Come learn about the fascinating world of birds!