Lydia Hopper

Director of Behavioral Management, Research Animal Resources
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Lydia Hopper is the Director of Behavioral Management, Research Animal Resources and an Associate Professor of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University.  Hopper’s research explores the ways in which an individual’s behavior and decision-making is influenced by their social environment. Dr. Hopper studies how different species, including humans, innovate and learn from others. Taking a comparative research approach allows her to assess both within- and between-species differences in order to examine the underlying mechanisms and functions of observed behaviors. Dr. Hopper applies her understanding of behavior and cognition to enhance captive animal care and welfare, and to help improve research model validity. Throughout her career, Dr. Hopper has studied animal cognition and welfare in a variety of settings, including research facilities, zoos, and sanctuaries. For her graduate and postdoctoral training, Dr. Hopper was based at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, where she studied chimpanzees, rhesus macaques, and squirrel monkeys. The findings of this work offered new insights into primate social learning, cooperation, and responses to inequity. To learn more about Dr. Hopper and her research, click here