B.S., Equestrian Teacher/Trainer and Equine Facility Management, Lake Erie College, 2011
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
Substitute teacher, high school level, and reservationist at Northern Alaska Tour Company.
I was in New Jersey, working as an assistant barn manager and working student for Heron’s Landing Eventing from 2011 through 2013, then as a substitute teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, from 2013 to the present.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
The focus on research as a capstone to the program was what originally drew me to it, but what has been getting me the most excited was learning about the professors. Reading about the various projects that the faculty are involved with has been eye-opening and made me even more eager to become a part of MAPP.
Interests in and experience with animals
I’ve worked with horses for 18 years, and thought to make a career of it going into my undergraduate degree. I like to think that I have a lot of experience handling large animals, and have grown up with dogs and cats. After moving back up to Alaska I coached and taught several 4-H kids with their horses, and continue to ride even though I’m no longer pursuing it as a career.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
My main area of interest is in stress behaviors of non-domesticated captive animals, or how behavioral therapies can be applied to minimize stress and worry in animals.
What are your career goals?
I hope to one day work at a zoo or preserve where research theories and behavioral treatments can be utilized to increase the quality of life of captive, non-domesticated animals. Or to conduct such research from a conservation standpoint.
What are your outside interests?
I love to be in the outdoors, and look forward to exploring Grafton and Boston (if I have the time to do so!). I also dabble with amateur photography, run, and enjoy a computer game or two.
Number of pets? What?
Currently I don’t have any, but I was offered a horse to bring down with me from Alaska. I had to turn the offer down since I couldn’t find a trailer that would work with my hatchback car
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’m looking forward to the challenge that this program will bring, and can’t wait to meet everyone else!
Final Project Research Summary 2018:
Chew on this: Evaluating welfare in Giraffa camelopardalis feeding encounter programs