M.S. Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, California,
B.S. Animal Science, University of California, Davis, California, 2008.
I studied the use of play behavior as an indicator of welfare in dairy calves. My thesis explored how and when calves play, with an aim to find effective and efficient ways to measure play behavior. I am particularly interested in play because it is a behavior that primarily occurs under good conditions, and thus may be used as an indicator of positive welfare. I worked with researchers at the Pacific Agri-Foods Research Centre in British Columbia on play behaviors in group-housed dairy calves. I worked as a technician in the Tucker lab until 2016 and now run an in-home daycare for infants.